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Minn. Senate approves tax boost to pay for transportation work — Democrats in the Minnesota Senate on Monday passed a transportation bill that relies on tax increases to pay for road, bridge and transit projects. The final vote was 36-27. State Sens. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, and John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, joined Republicans in voting against the bill.

Senate DFL bill cuts taxes much less than House plan — A tax bill released by Democrats in the Minnesota Senate Monday proposes much smaller cuts than the $2 billion plan House Republicans have offered. It's the latest example of big differences between the Senate and House as the legislative session enters its final three weeks.

DFL to Walker: Wisconsin economy stinks — Minnesota Democrats are welcoming Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his likely presidential campaign to Minnesota by pointing out Minnesota's economy is performing better than Wisconsin's. Walker, a Republican, was scheduled to hold several events in Minnesota Thursday.

Dayton: N. Mpls. comment should draw GOP rebuke — Gov. Mark Dayton says a Republican House member should be rebuked for saying a train between north Minneapolis and the St. Cloud prison would be convenient. On Tuesday night, Rep. Jim Newberger, R-Becker, made the comment during a debate on a transportation funding bill. "Right on the edge of St.

Dayton sees no easy solution to budget feud with Republicans — Gov. Mark Dayton said Republicans appear bent on using a wrecking ball to tear down gains made by Democrats the past two years. Republicans acknowledged the need to compromise.

Should birth certificate information be public? — A DFL state senator wants to restrict public access to parental contact information listed on birth certificates. Supporters of the measure say it's aimed at protecting parents from being bombarded with mailings after the birth of a child. But opponents say the measure would put the wraps on information that's been considered public for more than a century.

Sen. Sheran challenges Minnesota's public birth certificates — State Senator Sheran is working to forbid public access to some information on birth certificates -- information that has been open to the public for more than a century.

Republican rush to cut spending could put some in party at risk — The push to cut taxes with the surplus rather than spend it is putting many committee chairs and politically vulnerable Republican House members in a tough spot.

Dayton blasts lawmakers over budget bills — Gov. Mark Dayton sharply criticized legislative leaders Wednesday for a number of the budget bills released by lawmakers this week. While many of his complaints were aimed at House Republicans, he also faulted Democrats in the Senate for not making what he called a serious commitment to fund his plan for universal pre-K.

MLS team seeks $3M in tax breaks to build Mpls. stadium — State officials have ruled out a direct public subsidy, but the plan soccer executives laid out Tuesday was viewed as modest and possible.
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Apr 27, 2015

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Apr 27, 2015

Ethics Committee Chair Sandy Pappas says she's taking the issue under advisement. Meeting adjourned.

Apr 27, 2015

Committee deadlocks on motion to dismiss the 2nd complaint. The first complaint is still stuck too.

Apr 27, 2015

There are several investigations into Community Action of Mpls: MN Commerce, court appointed receiver, FBI, Legislative Auditor and Ethics.

Apr 27, 2015

If the committee decides it is a new complaint - a new ethics hearing focusing on Hayden's conduct will be triggered.

Apr 27, 2015

Sen. Hann and Thompson argue Hayden misled the committee and that's why a new complaint should be investigated.

Apr 27, 2015

DFL Sen. Tony Lourey says he doesn't think it's fair to give a 2nd bite of the apple on same set of circumstances against Hayden.

Apr 27, 2015

The committee voted in November to wait until an investigation into Community Action of Mpls is complete before moving forward.

Apr 27, 2015

Committee is now debating whether committee needs to move forward with a separate complaint against Hayden.

Apr 27, 2015

Senate Ethics Committee deadlocks on whether to proceed with separate ethics complaint against DFL Sen. Jeff Hayden.

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