Minnesota lawmakers return for countdown to final exit

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Apr 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are digging in for the final session push toward session adjournment.

High hopes of January's session launch have given way to the hard realities that treasured proposals will be tossed aside or scaled back to suit a Capitol power structure where Republicans run the Legislature and a Democrat is in the governor's office.

But plenty of issues remain in play.

The sides could still agree on a borrowing bill for construction projects. They might make tax changes affecting property owners and online shoppers. They could authorize public subsidies toward a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. They could raise hunting and fishing fees. And they are considering a costly renovation to the aging Capitol.

Lawmakers plan to bolt for home before May rolls in, a few weeks before the required adjournment.

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