The Minnesota Capitol is quiet this morning for the first time in more than three months. The state Senate adjourned the legislative session Thursday afternoon after passing a bill to finance a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
The Minnesota Senate has given final legislative approval to a tax bill smaller and less expensive than one vetoed earlier by Gov. Mark Dayton. Republican leaders say they hope the governor will sign this one.
The Minnesota House and Senate will start negotiating their differences Wednesday on a bill that would finance a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings after the Senate passed its version of the bill late Tuesday night.
The Minnesota Senate has voted 38-28 in favor of a bill that would finance a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. The vote came just before midnight Tuesday, after 10 hours of debate. The Senate version of the bill must now be reconciled with the House version, which was approved Monday night.
Republican Sen. Sean Nienow, of Cambridge, said the money should be spent on roads and bridges instead of on projects like gorilla cages for the Como Park Zoo.
Today's expected vote on the stadium bill is likely to be close and there's no certainty it will pass. Redistricting, upcoming retirements and other factors give clues to how certain lawmakers might vote.
Republicans spent the better part of the week working on an alternate stadium plan that they eventually realized could not work. On Thursday, Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers announced he was scrapping the plan and scheduling a vote on the original stadium proposal.
Minnesota Republican lawmakers are trying to build support for a stadium financing plan that was initially panned by DFL lawmakers and the Minnesota Vikings.
The Minnesota Legislature is back in session this morning after missing a self-imposed deadline to finish its work by Monday night.
It's unlikely that state lawmakers will meet their self-imposed deadline to adjourn the legislative session today. One of the main sticking points is a new Vikings stadium, which is putting Republican lawmakers in a political bind because they want to act on other issues first. It's not the way top Republicans were expecting this session to play out.
Supporters of a Vikings stadium bill in the Minnesota House don't have enough votes to pass the legislation, Speaker Kurt Zellers said late Saturday as he put off bringing the measure up for a full vote.
Several hundred people braved cold weather and rain to listen to former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain at an anti-tax rally Saturday afternoon at the State Capitol.
There won't be any breakthrough deals on the main issues being debated between Governor Dayton and legislative leaders. The Minnesota House adjourned this afternoon after doing limited work on the floor. The House is scheduled to come back in session on Saturday at 3p.m.
With the legislative session heading into what is expected to be its final weekend, there's still no agreement on major issues including a Vikings stadium, a public works bonding bill or a tax bill.
Minnesota Management and Budget released a report that details how much money has yet to be spent from past bonding bills. The report says $1.5 billion has yet to be spent on projects. The report comes at a time when Gov. Dayton is negotiating the importance of a new bonding bill with legislative leaders.