A Sign Of The Times

It’s the time of the legislative session when floor debates are long, sporadic, don’t recognize normal dining hours and apparently make some people sick. That leaves many lawmakers, lobbyists and Capitol reporters frequenting a refreshment stand outside the House and Senate chambers. There are sandwiches, beverages, candy and ice cream. And tonight there was a…
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It’s A Record

House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, with little budget negotiation work to do today, says that this 114th day of the two-year legislative session became a record setter. Representatives have introduced 4,241 bills since the first of 2007, the most ever for a two-year session. While Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, was making that announcement, legislative leaders and Gov.…
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Budget Talks Going Nowhere

Minnesota lawmakers were in a holding pattern early this afternoon, awaiting word on whether legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty are moving closer to agreement on a state budget-balancing plan. Without progress toward a budget deal, Democrats who control the Legislature said they could vote as early as this afternoon or evening on their own…
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A Bevy Of Bills — And Vetoes?

Democratic legislative leaders say they plan to pass a budget-balancing bill Monday that probably does not meet Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s approval.Actually, the House and Senate could vote on two finance-related bills — one that focuses on the state’s projected budget deficit of $935 million and another that deals with K-12 education funding.Then there’s the tax…
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Birthday Candles And Budget Deals

Gov. Tim Pawlenty is away from the Capitol through Saturday night for the governor’s fishing opener — he’ll be dropping a line in Pelican Lake Saturday morning — so face-to-face budget negotiations over how to erase a $935 million state budget deficit aren’t planned before he returns. However, House Democrats said legislative leaders could meet…
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