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Lawmakers spar over session achievements

The House and Senate adjourned the legislative session Thursday after passing a bill to help fund a new football stadium in downtown Minneapolis. In the final week of the legislative session lawmakers also sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill to cut taxes and a public works bonding bill.
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The House and Senate adjourned the legislative session Thursday after passing a bill to help fund a new football stadium in downtown Minneapolis. In the final week of the legislative session lawmakers also sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill to cut taxes and a public works bonding bill.

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State lawmakers were unable to meet their self-imposed adjournment deadline of April 30th. Republican leaders are still negotiating three major pieces of business with Democratic Governor Mark Dayton: a package of tax cuts, a list of state-funded construction projects, and a plan for a new Vikings stadium. The Legislature is not required to adjourn until May 21st.

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The governor plans to spend his weekend persuading lawmakers to vote in favor of the stadium proposal next week. Gov. Mark Dayton told the Pioneer Press he predicts both chambers of the Legislature will approve the bill by a single vote. He said, "I've always thought it would pass by one vote."

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The panel of lawmakers needs to quickly reach a compromise after the House and Senate approved differing stadium bills this week. Senators passed its version late Tuesday night after an 11-hour debate. Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley told Forum Communications it is time to “sit down and roll up our sleeves” to hammer out the details of a final bill.

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