Minnesota Legislature hits self-imposed deadline - KMSP-TV

Minnesota Legislature hits self-imposed deadline

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Monday, April 30 is supposed to mark the end of the 2012 Minnesota legislative session, but it looks like it's going to go at least an extra day or two. That's because there's still no deal on a new Vikings stadium, business tax cut and bonding bill.

The House and Senate are scheduled to be in session at noon.

Lawmakers and the governor took Sunday off, which was probably a good idea considering how intense it got at the Capitol.

Many insiders thought lawmakers would hammer-out a Vikings stadium deal over the weekend and get out of St. Paul by Monday night, but that all blew-up Saturday afternoon.

DFL leaders say they had the 34 votes House Speaker Kurt Zellers requested to take a vote on the House floor, but Zellers wasn't sure and postponed any debate and a vote because he says there's still no deal on a business tax cut and a job-creating bonding bill.

That sent Democrats, including the governor, over the edge.

"This is our chance," Gov. Dayton said. "This is Minnesota's chance to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. If we don't at now, all bets are off."

"Our focus has been on Main Street," Majority Leader Matt Dean said. "Literally, fix up Main Street and the businesses on them."

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