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Stories with person: Tom Bakk
  • Boat diplomacy: Capitol's top 3 headed on joint fishing trip 
    Updated: May-05-15 2:16 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's center of political power is moving north for the weekend.

  • Legislature preparing to vote on state lottery restrictions 
    Updated: May-05-15 1:50 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers are preparing to vote on a bill suspending Internet-based state lottery tickets.

  • Senate rejects bid to deny public assistance to Super Bowl 
    Updated: May-04-15 5:17 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota senators won't pull back from public assistance offerings for the 2018 Super Bowl in Minnesota.

  • Under construction: Minnesota leaders scurry to build budget 
    Updated: May-01-15 12:01 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Break out the hard hats: the real hammering in Minnesota's construction-zone Capitol is about to start.

  • Cities face millions in wastewater upgrades, repairs story has photos
    Updated: Apr-25-15 11:13 am

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Public works employees in the southwestern city of Minneota frequently hang inside manholes, poking with a long stick to move chunks of human waste and refuse that block sewer flow. The mayor of Winsted, a city of about 2,400, wonders how he'll pay for a $7 million upgrade to the town's wastewater treatment facility to meet new environmental standards. In Detroit Lakes, residents face a doubling of sewer rates to pay for a new wastewater facility.

  • Lawmakers drawing up contingency funding plans for bird flu 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 6:34 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Top Minnesota lawmakers said Friday they're developing contingency plans that would allow state agencies to more easily access emergency response dollars if the spread of avian influenza intensifies in the nation's leading turkey producing state.

  • Gun-weary Senate makes surprise turn to legalize silencers 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 1:01 am

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's Senate added language to a bill Thursday that would legalize gun silencers - a surprise development as majority Democrats had shown little interest in changing the state's gun laws and a direct challenge to Gov. Mark Dayton's promise that such a measure would meet his veto pen.

  • Budget bills passage starts long legislative path in Senate 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 8:35 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's Senate passed a pair of bills Monday to fund state agencies and Minnesota's public colleges and universities, the first pieces to move as Senate Democrats and House Republicans stake out markedly different positions they'll have to bridge in order to finalize the state's $40 billion budget.

  • Income tax credits, business tax cuts dot House GOP plan 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 5:05 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota House Republicans offered a slate of proposed income tax credits and business breaks Monday in their push to provide $2 billion in overall relief, including a new personal exemption for every filer that would expire after two years.

  • Beneath budget dispute, a tussle over regulatory power story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-15 11:29 am

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - In their unfolding budget plan, Minnesota legislative Republicans are moving to strip powers from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, ranging from limiting his team's authority to write regulatory rules to curbs on the administration's staffing.

  • House GOP wrestles with cost, politics in picking 2016 home 
    Updated: Apr-17-15 5:36 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Add this to the list of issues House legislators need to iron out: where to meet next year as long-running renovations consume the Capitol.

  • Soccer franchise leaders approach Capitol for stadium help story has photos
    Updated: Apr-14-15 8:08 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The business group behind a new Minnesota Major League Soccer franchise made a high-level pitch Tuesday to skeptical lawmakers for a stadium financing package reliant on city, county and state tax breaks.

  • Soccer franchise leaders approach Capitol for stadium help 
    Updated: Apr-14-15 3:44 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The business group behind a new Minnesota Major League Soccer franchise is making a high-level pitch for a stadium financing package reliant on city, county and state tax breaks.

  • House GOP moves to slash Metropolitan Council chair's pay 
    Updated: Apr-14-15 10:22 am

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - House Republicans are moving to cut the Metropolitan Council chairman's salary in half, in a jab at Gov. Mark Dayton over a pay increase they believe went beyond the terms of a deal on commissioner salaries.

  • Dayton challenges lawmakers to take risks, invest in schools 
    Updated: Apr-09-15 9:58 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton urged lawmakers Thursday to take political risks rather than follow public opinion polls as the Democrat sought support for an expansive preschool learning plan and other parts of his ambitious agenda in the final weeks of the legislative session.

  • Dayton speech rallies Democrats, but GOP still not swayed 
    Updated: Apr-09-15 9:35 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - If Gov. Mark Dayton was looking to change legislative minds in his State of the State address, it was hard to find converts.

  • Dayton faces obstacles in push for construction finance plan 
    Updated: Apr-07-15 2:56 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton appealed to lawmakers to authorize $842 million in new state debt for public works construction, saying Tuesday it would be "imprudent" for them to skip consideration given that interest rates are still low and there's high demand for infrastructure upgrades.