The Capitol remains as silent as an empty tomb, with legislators and their staffers still scattered to the four winds. That's likely to change -- with a vengence -- next week, when they return for the stretch run of trhe legislative session.
Gov. Mark Dayton's sole scheduled public appearance Friday was a visit to the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley to commemorate Earth Day. He planned to speak briefly to students, tour the school and inspect a wind turbine installed there.
Other than that, it's a quiet day in Lake Woebegon.
Seven DFL state senators said they would not support a bonding bill if there is no funding approved for the Southwest Light-Rail Transit project, a train that would run between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.