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Prepping for the noon gavel at the Minnesota legislature

Posted at 9:15 AM on January 24, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics


Minnesota reporters are pulling together their curtain-raiser stories this morning on the Minnesota legislature as lawmakers ready for the session that kicks off at noon.

The latest twist in the Vikings saga is the biggest news so far.

Last night, Gov. Mark Dayton told the Vikings that building a new stadium on the current Metrodome site is the only stadium plan with a chance of winning a public financing package at the legislature this year.

The Star Tribune reports:

This year's session does not carry the weight of a budget deficit, such as the gaping $5 billion hole that triggered last year's partisan meltdown. The state enjoys a modest surplus, and both Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature are expected to stay away from the tax-vs-cut drama of 2011.

That leaves the Vikings stadium and the capital projects bill - known in the building as the "bonding bill" - as the two big-ticket items of the session.

More stories to start the legislative season:

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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.

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