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What will Minnesota's 2012 Legislature deliver?

Posted at 6:20 AM on January 24, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics

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Happily, there will be no knock-down drag-out fight over the budget when state lawmakers return to St. Paul today to start the 2012 legislative session.

With a budget in place and November elections looming, there'll be an incentive for lawmakers to move quickly and get out early. We won't see anything like the debacle that forced much of state government to shut down for three weeks in July.

That doesn't mean harmony will reign.

Capital projects in a bonding bill, the politics of drawing congressional boundaries and a vote on public financing for a Vikings stadium will keep things interesting the next few weeks.

MPR News reporter Tim Nelson writes:

Legislative leaders say they want to focus on getting Minnesota's economy running better, and instituting long-term reforms that will make state government more efficient.

House speaker Kurt Zellers told MPR's Morning Edition on Monday that he's neutral about another high-profile issue, a new home for the Minnesota Vikings. He said it's up to stadium supporters to win support at the Capitol.

Zellers said the Legislature's priorities will change now that the state isn't faced with a multi-billion dollar budget gap.

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We'll be following the first day at the capitol today along with MPR News reporters and editors.What would you like to see from lawmakers today? Post your thoughts below.


About Paul Tosto

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.