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First committee deadline scuttles many measures

For many lobbyists, working the Legislature is as much about the bills they are able to stop as the bills they are able to pass. That’s why Friday’s final deadline for policy measures to pass through committees in both chambers will be cause for either celebration or relief for Minnesota’s Capitol lobbying corps.

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Pulltabs’ cash lag no problem, for now

The fiscal news about electronic pulltabs was tucked away on Page 15 of the state’s November economic forecast. In two plainspoken paragraphs, the document’s authors noted that the devices, slated to generate the state’s $348 million portion of funding for a new Vikings stadium, had taken in only about half of the money projected by this point.

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Beyond the budget 2013

The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.

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