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Minn. Leaders Try to Steer Around Session Pitfalls

Created: 02/23/2014 12:31 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

Make no waves.
    
That's a guiding principle for the Democrats in charge of Minnesota's Legislature. Lawmakers arrive Tuesday for an annual session that could extend into mid-May.
    
Party leaders are eager to prevent, or at least contain, controversy that can leave a bad taste for voters or alienate important constituencies in a year when the Democratic House majority and Gov. Mark Dayton's re-election are on the line.
    
Lawmakers have an $825 million surplus at their disposal. Topping the Democrats' "must do" list are a borrow-and-build plan for government construction projects and a boost in the state's minimum wage.
    
There's potential for friction over medicinal marijuana, a costly Senate office building, oversight laws related to the beleaguered health exchange and a new mining venture in northeastern Minnesota.

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