Barely eight hours after adjourning in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, 27 bleary-eyed members of the House were back at it during a committee meeting in which they were trying to move a pair of budget bills to the House floor.
As Ways and Means Committee members Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, and Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis, traded accusations that each other had "butchered " their statements, committee chair Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, pointed out to them, "most of us in the room had very little sleep and that makes some of us very cranky."
They got the message. As the meeting wound down, Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, told Holberg, "you don't look cranky at all."
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During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."