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Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead says a proposed House public works bill contains too little flood-prevention money. It would fund $12.7 million in flood prevention, compared to $26 million in a Senate-passed measure.

Lawmakers fight for flood prevention funds

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ST. PAUL - Minnesotans are fighting flood waters along the Red River and elsewhere while their lawmakers are fighting about the cost of preventing prevent future floods.

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The fight spilled over into other areas, too, as House leaders Monday introduced a much smaller public works bill than senators passed earlier this month.

Rep. Alice Hausman, chairwoman of the House public works funding committee, said the proposal "is a taking-care-of-basics bill."

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