capitol report

News that a majority of the Minneapolis City Council are on-board with the Vikings’ stadium bill had Sen. Sean Nienow thinking in terms of resuscitation. “I think it pumps a little more life into a dying Vikings’ stadium proposal,” said Nienow, R-Cambridge. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Council President Barb Johnson, and supportive members of the […]

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The House Republicans passed their tax bill today (March 21), one promising a 12-year phase-out of the commercial/industrial business Rep. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, cradles his 14-month old daughter Paisley on the House floor during the tax bill debate today (March 21).  property tax and containing other provisions deemed pro job-growth by Republicans. “You’ll never feel […]

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The House Capital Investment Committee today (March 20) approved $221 million bonding bill for a multiyear renovation of the century-old State Capitol. “It’s time to commit the State of Minnesota to restoring the State Capitol,” said House Capital Investment Committee Chairman Larry Howes, R-Walker. Democratic members of the capital investment committee, while praising the restoration effort, […]

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A Photo ID constitutional amendment passed the Republican House today (March 21), partially setting the stage for a second proposed constitutional amendment appearing on the November ballot. Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, saw her legislation pass the House on a 72 to 62 vote after a nine-hour debate. “We don’t say close enough is good […]

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A Senate Democrat March 19 filed an ethics complaint against former Senate deputy majority leader Geoff Michel, R-Edina, charging that Michel lied to the press and public about his knowledge of the Koch scandal. “I do think he owes us an apology,” said Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, who filed the complaint. Even though Michel […]

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A much anticipated committee vote on the Vikings’ stadium bill on Wednesday, March 14 failed to occur, Senate Local Government and Elections Chairman Ray Vandeveer instead laying the bill on the table. “It would be the most productive thing to do,” said Vandeveer, explaining that Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, stadium bill author, requested the action. […]

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Former Minnesota Vikings’ coach Bud Grant immediately told a Senate committee today (March 13) exactly what brought him to the State Capitol. “I’m not here to promote the stadium,” Grant told the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. “I’m here to promote something more important than the stadium,” said Grant. Grant — in an advocacy […]

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