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Ventura takes his turn
May 22- Gov. Jesse Ventura vetoed dozens of projects in the state bonding bill, cutting the $979 million measure by more than one-third. Among the projects cut were funding for a new Guthrie Theater, the Children's Theatre in Minneapolis, a University of Minnesota research facility, and money for state lands and trails. Ventura signed legislation authorizing the state to sell $330 million in bonds for a new ballpark for the Minnesota Twins. He also vetoed a bill requiring public school students to say the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week, saying patriotism should come from the heart, not a government mandate.
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Arts organizations take hit in bonding bill vetoes
Stadium bill signed
Mandatory pledge gets veto
Anti-terrorism bill signed
Internet consumer protection becomes law

More Capitol Reports

Arts organizations take hit in bonding bill vetoes (5/22/02)
It's Ventura's turn (5/20/02)
Vikings, Twins pick apart stadium bill (5/20/02)
Commuter rail axed in final bonding bill (5/19/02)
Lawmakers override Ventura veto of budget-balancing bill (5/19/02)
Legislature passes stadium bill (5/19/02)
Ventura may play hardball for commuter rail (5/16/02)
Budget deal on Ventura's desk (5/15/02)
Lawmakers reach budget deal; Ventura 'disappointed' (5/15/02)
Lawmakers race the clock for budget deal(5/13/02)
Budget deal proves elusive(5/13/02)
Lawmakers race the clock for budget deal(5/13/02)
Inching toward progress (5/8/02)
Ventura vows to fight outside income bill (5/3/02)
Lawmakers vow renewed effort to direct more money toward resources (5/2/02)

(See the archive of all stories from the Capitol...)

•Sen. Doug Johnson reflects on his legislative career. Listen (Midday - 5/23/02)

•Is tripartisan government working in Minnesota? Listen (Midmorning - 5/22/02)

•MPR listeners react to the bonding bill. Listen (Midday 5/22/02)

•Ventura grades the Legislature. Listen. (Midmorning - 5/20/02)

•End of the session special. Legislative leaders join MPR's Gary Eichten in a broadcast from the Capitol. (Hour 1 | Hour 2)

•The budget deal. Guests: Sen. John Hottinger and Rep. Tim Pawlenty. Listen (Midmorning - 5/16/02)

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