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Adjournment fever hits Minnesota legislature, pace quickens

Minnesota Legislature
Minnesota Legislature

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Last-minute deals are coming together at Minnesota's Capitol, which means final votes are closing in on $1 billion in construction authorization, a budget bill and tax cuts.

The pace quickened Thursday as lawmakers faced a weekend deadline to complete their session.

Deliberations over the Lewis and Clark water pipeline project for southwestern Minnesota played out on multiple fronts. Tax bill writers were considering giving counties and towns in the area new taxing authority to help cover local construction costs. That proposal is also in line for state construction dollars.

Leading lawmakers say the $60 million-plus water project is too costly for a sparsely populated area to afford, but the state doesn't intend to foot the whole bill.

Talks also continued over a medical marijuana proposal and curbs on the lottery.