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P-B Dialogues features legislative preview

The 2012 legislative session begins Jan. 24, and if you don't think it matters, think about taxes. Think roads, bridges and human services. Think Vikings stadium.

Your life is directly affected by what happens in St. Paul, and the Post-Bulletin will give you a chance on Wednesday to ask legislators what their plans are for the 2012 session.

The Post-Bulletin Dialogues program for January will be a legislative preview, with several Rochester-area lawmakers on hand to hear comments and take questions. The informal public event will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Rochester Public Library auditorium.

Expected to join P-B Managing Editor Jay Furst and state government reporter Heather Carlson are Sen. Dave Senjem, the new Senate majority leader, and Reps. Kim Norton, Tina Liebling, Mike Benson and Duane Quam. The event is free and the coffee's always hot.

In addition, a similar event will be in Austin on Tuesday.


Austin Post-Bulletin Dialogues, a community discussion program hosted by the Austin Post-Bulletin and the Austin Public Library, will highlight the Minnesota Legislature at 6:30 p.m. in the library's large group meeting area. The event is free and open to the public.

Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, Rep. Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin, and Rep. Rich Murray, R-Albert Lea, will be on the panel to talk about the key issues in the session, including the Hormel Institute expansion, the Minnesota Vikings stadium and the state's budget.

The public is welcome to come listen to the lawmakers and ask their questions in this free one-hour public event.

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