State lawmakers off Wednesday, hope to adjourn Thursday

Minnesota legislators wanted to adjourn Monday, but missed the self-imposed deadline of April 30th. Lawmakers are still negotiating three major issues, including a new Vikings stadium bill, a package of tax cuts and a list of state-funded construction projects, but no floor sessions are scheduled Wednesday. The legislative session is required to adjourn by May 21.
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Minnesota legislators wanted to adjourn Monday, but missed the self-imposed deadline of April 30th. Lawmakers are still negotiating three major issues, including a new Vikings stadium bill, a package of tax cuts and a list of state-funded construction projects, but no floor sessions are scheduled Wednesday. The legislative session is required to adjourn by May 21.

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