Does GOP Owe Bakk?

One of the Senate’s most moderate Republicans said the Democratic-Farmer-Laborite tax chairman is playing a page out of the GOP playbook. The Republican platform comes out against business subsidies, Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel said. That is just what Senate Tax Chairman Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said is going in Bakk trying to kill the Job Opportunity…
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The Senate At Work

The Senate is plowing through some of its work today, planning to vote on over 100 bills in rapid succession. Many already were debated on the floor. The frenetic pace caused some confusion in the chamber, with senators worried about glitches on the electronic voting boards. Senate President James Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, sought to…
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Not Much Left

House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, always is good for a quote, and as he prepared to oppose a Democratic-Farmer-Laborite budget bill he was ready with a snappy one. So what is left for legislators to do once today’s budget bill passes? "Budget, bonding and bye-bye," he replied. A bonding bill is headed toward a…
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Watching Votes

Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, said he was watching closely Wednesday when the Senate passed the $925 million public works construction bill he helped write. The measure earned 57 votes, but Langseth’s attention was on the 10 ‘no’ votes. If Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoes the entire package, Langseth said anyone with projects in the bill should…
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Langseth Watched Vote

Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, hinted he was watching closely today when the Senate passed the $925 million public works construction package that he helped craft. The measure passed 57-10. If Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoes the entire package, Langseth said those with projects in the bill should be concerned. They should get very nervous because if…
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