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State Reps. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, left, and Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock, host a town meeting Monday in Benson regarding the upcoming session. Atkins is chair of the House commerce and labor committee. Falk will host a town hall meeting at 1 p.m. today at Benson City Hall. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

At legislative preview in Benson, mixed approach to deficit favored; racino, stadium get little support


BENSON -- A budget deficit of $1.2 billion, the bonding bill and an expected tug-of-war between the two parties over taxes are sure to be the showstoppers when the Legislature convenes Thursday.

But there are plenty of other dicey debates likely to pop up -- everything from whether to help build a new stadium for the Vikings or a racino -- and they're all on their way in the House to the commerce and labor committee headed by Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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