Senate Republicans and their staff will be locked out of a Capitol parking ramp starting Saturday, the latest flashpoint between the GOP caucus and Senate Democrats who have traded jabs over the new Minnesota Senate Building.
A GOP Senate spokesman confirmed that the decision was communicated to them this week and said it came at the direction of Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook.
Senate Republicans have sparred with their DFL counterparts over the new Senate Building, a $90-million building that opened last month. They have chosen to spurn the new building, staying put in their current State Office Building space, where they also park in an access-controlled ramp.
Republicans have also decried the use of Senate funds to defray parking costs for staff at the Minnesota Senate Building, arguing that DFLers had originally promised the ramp would be paid for entirely through user fees.
Senate Democrats have contended the ramp will still be user-financed and said that Republicans' decision to stay in their current office space will create logistical problems.
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