Top Minnesota state budget negotiators Rep. Jim Knoblach of St. Cloud, left, and Sen. Richard Cohen of St. Paul talk before a House-Senate conference committee begins Saturday, May 21, 2016. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Updated: Minnesota Tax Cuts, Budget Advance; Transportation, Bonding Going Slow

Bills cutting taxes and increasing spending looked on Saturday like they will pass the Minnesota Legislature as bills funding transportation and public works projects crawled toward a midnight Sunday deadline. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said that legislation to change a $42 billion, two-year budget enacted last year means $167 million more spending funded…
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Top Minnesota legislative transportation negoiators Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing, left, and Sen. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis hold a serious conversation Saturday, May 21, 2016, before a conference committee discussed transportation funding. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Minnesota Tax Cuts, Budget Advance; Transportation, Bonding Going Slow

Bills cutting taxes and increasing spending on Saturday looked like they will pass the Minnesota Legislature as bills funding transportation and public works projects crawled toward a midnight Sunday deadline. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said that legislation to change a $42 billion, two-year budget enacted last year means $167 million more spending funded…
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With a table full of papers full of numbers nearby, Minnesota House and Senate negotiators discuss state spending Saturday, May 21, 2016, as the legislative session winds down for the year. (Forum News Service photos by Don Davis)

Minnesota Lawmakers Make Budget Progress

The Minnesota Legislature likely will pass tax cuts and budget tweaks before their midnight Sunday deadline, but as Saturday wore on roadblocks continued to slow work on transportation and public works funding. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said that legislation to change a $42 billion, two-year budget enacted last year means $167 million more…
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The Minnesota Capitol building remains under renovation as the May 23, 2016 legislative session adjournement date nears. In the back of the building are portable toilets for lawmakers since the building has no running water. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Bakk: ‘I Don’t See Transportation Being In Play’

Four days remain in the 2016 Minnesota legislative session and even those in charge do not seem to know how, or whether, they will finish major legislation dealing with transportation, taxes, budget and public works. Gov. Mark Dayton hosted House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk for 15 minutes of negotiations Wednesday,…
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House Wants To Take IRRRB Authority

The Minnesota state House wants lawmakers to have more control of Iron Range economic development programs. Representatives voted 74-52 Thursday to replace the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board with a new, strictly advisory, panel while giving more oversight to the full Legislature. Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, authored the bill to demote the board. Many…
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