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Dayton optimistic on budget resolution as end of session approaches

Gov. Mark Dayton indicated on Wednesday that progress towards a budget deal is being made in closed-door talks with House and Senate leaders, but revealed few details of the discussions. The DFL-controlled Legislature has less than two weeks remaining to reach consensus on a budget deal for the next biennium that Dayton will sign.

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Revenues from electronic pulltabs come up short

Revenues generated by electronic pulltabs -- which are expected to pay the state's share of the new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings -- aren't meeting projections. The state budget forecast, released on Wednesday, projected that the new form of charitable gambling will raise just $16 million, or less than half of what was initially anticipated.

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How the stadium deal was done

Left for dead in April, the Vikings stadium bill sprinted to passage in the session’s closing days. What happened?

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Dean’s new stadium pitch upends push for House floor vote (by design?)

After months of negotiations between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders on a Minnesota Vikings stadium plan, GOP legislative leaders upended the debate on Tuesday by unveiling a new proposal that relies entirely on general obligation bonds to cover the state’s portion of the project.

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Racino gets amended into Vikings stadium bill

The Senate Finance Committee turned the Vikings stadium political situation upside down by inserting the controversial revenue source of allowing slot machines at two Minnesota racetracks. The Senate's chief author immediately vowed to have the so-called racino removed from the bill tomorrow in the Taxes committee.

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