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House GOP wrestles with cost, politics in picking 2016 home

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Add this to the list of issues House legislators need to iron out: where to meet next year.

The Capitol is in disarray thanks to a massive renovation and it will only get worse in 2016. The House could stay in its chamber for the 2016 session but state officials estimate that would cost $500,000 or more and could hinder ongoing repairs.

The cheapest option is taking a spot in a new office building for state senators expected to open in January. But Republicans spent the election season trashing that "luxury office building" as a waste of taxpayer money.

Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he's open to other options but plans to remain in the Capitol. He says renovations were scheduled around the House staying in the building.

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