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By T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol reporter— Enter racino. The Senate Finance Committee on April 25 passed a Vikings’ stadium bill, but not before lawmakers amended it to include racino in the bill’s arsenal of gambling revenue generators. Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, saw his racino amendment affixed to the bill during the sometimes raucous committee hearing on […]

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A North Branch mother of two school-aged kids says Governor Mark Dayton is “making the right choice.” On April 5, Gov. Dayton vetoed legislation that would have made a one-time payment from the state budget reserves to pay back the $2.4 billion owed to kids, instead supporting a plan that pays back the entire debt […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Sen. Al  Franken (D-Minn.), along with Sens. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), introduced legislation that would allow entrepreneurs to focus on growing their businesses and creating jobs instead of trying to figure out confusing IRS deadlines. The bill—called the Small Business Election Simplification Act—would give entrepreneurs more flexibility when […]

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By Derrick Knutson— For law enforcement and prosecutors, keeping up with new drugs hitting the streets can be tough. Recently, synthetic drugs designed to simulate the effects of marijuana were difficult to police because no state law existed governing their production or distribution. However, about a year ago legislation drafted by State Sen. Katie Sieben, […]

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