Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- A key Minnesota state senator gave Vikings stadium supporters a dose of reality this morning in announcing she plans to slow the rapid movement of a bill to construct a new facility. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- The House joined the Senate Monday in wanting to allow more powerful fireworks in Minnesota. However, unless the Senate accepts House changes, negotiators need to work out differences. Newly legal fireworks would include bottle rockets and other aerial displays. One of the changes Rep.
ST. PAUL -- A Vikings stadium construction bill is headed to a full House vote after a dramatic Monday night turnaround. Minutes shy of being exactly a week after another committee defeated the plan, the House Ways and Means Committee sent the $975 million proposal to the House.
ST. PAUL -- A Vikings stadium construction effort has fallen short for years, but a Friday meeting among NFL officials and Minnesota leaders produced the most progress so far. The plan that passed a Senate committee Friday night 8-6 faces tough votes in other committees.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans should be proud of their Capitol and repair its crumbling outside walls, its outdated electrical system and interior that is falling apart, Republicans said Thursday in an unsuccessful effort to fund the long-discussed work. Eleven Democrats joined Republicans in an 80-50 vote to sell $221 million of bonds to finance the work. It needed 81 votes to pass. "I am not going to bring it up (again) unless they (Democrats) will come ask," bill sponsor Rep.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Vikings football stadium issue sits on its own one-yard line, 99 yards from a score, and on fourth down players await a play call by legislative leaders standing on the sidelines. Oh, and the clock is nearly at zero and it is not clear that the leaders want to move the ball forward. Supporters of building a $975 million Minneapolis stadium said on Tuesday that hope, as slim as it is, remains eternal after a late Monday committee vote rejected a stadium plan.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel just wants to have a good time. "Do you feel we are not as fun as other states?" the Cottage Grove Republican asked fellow representatives Tuesday before they delayed a vote allowing more powerful fireworks. Then, quoting from a Katy Perry song, he added: "You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine." A dozen other lawmakers also quoted from Perry's "Firework" as a gift to Kriesel, who is retiring from the Legislature. Kriesel said the bill needs to be considered by another committee, but will return to the full House.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota House members approved wolf hunting and trapping seasons on Tuesday despite warnings that the American Indian community may challenge it in court. "When we make laws, we make laws for all the people of Minnesota," Rep. Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth, said before representatives approved a bill 82-49 that included the wolf seasons. Bill sponsor Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's Republican-controlled Senate approved business tax cuts Friday that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton all but promises to veto. The highlight of the GOP tax proposal senators passed 34-26 along party lines Friday night after two and a half hours of debate is a reduction in a statewide business property tax and its eventual elimination. The bill by Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, would reduce the taxes $102 million next year. To fund the tax cut, the bill reduces state budget reserves. "We should not have a honey pot," Ortman said.