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Minn. Legislature Approves Care Worker Pay Hikes

The Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a $11 billion package of spending on health and assistance programs that includes a 5-percent pay increase for nursing home workers.

05/18/2013

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Minn. House Backs Nursing Home Pay Hike

The Minnesota House has voted to give nursing home workers in the state a 5-percent pay increase. The pay hike is included in a broader, $6 billion a year budget for health and human services programs that the House passed Friday night by a party-line vote of 73-61. It’s one of the biggest chunks of state spending and includes funding for services for the poor, elderly and disabled.

05/18/2013

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Lawmakers Closing In On Budget Deal

With time running out in this year’s session, Minnesota lawmakers appear to be close to a deal for the next state budget. It doesn’t involve taxing clothing or any changes to the alcohol tax, but there will be some noticeable changes for some people.

05/17/2013

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Time Erodes As Minn. Lawmakers Polish Budget Plan

Pressed for time, the Minnesota Legislature faced increasing urgency Thursday to start sending Gov. Mark Dayton the bills that make up the two-year, $37 billion state budget. Democrats running the Capitol have a late Monday deadline to pass the budget and avoid a special session.

05/16/2013

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Bakk Says Wide Expansion To All-Day K Planned

The budget Minnesota lawmakers expect to pass will contain funding for all-day kindergarten at state expense. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday that any district that wants to offer it will have the cost fully reimbursed.

05/13/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Enter Homestretch Of 2013 Session

Minnesota lawmakers are bearing down for the legislative session’s homestretch. Monday marks one week until the mandatory adjournment deadline. Much is left to do. The House and Senate still need to pass compromise bills to comprise the state’s next two year budget.

05/13/2013

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Wis. Budget Panel Votes To Prohibit Sugary Drinks Bans

No Wisconsin city could prohibit the sale of large, sugary drinks as was done in New York City under a provision that has been added to the state budget.

05/09/2013

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Talking Points: Deadline To A Budget Deal, Tax Bill

The scheduled end of the legislative session is just two weeks from Monday and the state legislature is far from a deal on the critical issue of a budget and tax bill.

05/05/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Clothing Sales Tax On The Table

Gov. Mark Dayton initially proposed taxing Minnesota clothing sales that were more than $100. After protests he had to pull that off the table.

05/04/2013

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Minn. Budget Debate Hits Lull Until Big Deal Made

Minnesota lawmakers have entered the waiting phase of the debate over a new two-year state budget.

05/01/2013

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Minn. Senate Rejects, Then Backs Tax Hike Bill

Minnesota’s Senate is gearing up for debate on a plan to repeal the longstanding sales tax exemption on clothes.

04/29/2013

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Talking Points: Solving MN’s Budget Woes With Taxes?

The democrats may be in control at the state Capitol but they certainly cannot agree on how to solve the state’s budget problems.

04/28/2013

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Senate Passes Budget For All-Day Kindergarten

The state Senate has passed its education budget to provide funding for all-day kindergarten.

04/25/2013

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No Health Changes For Minnesota Public Employees

Minnesota has had no discussion of moving state government workers onto the state’s new health insurance exchange, said John Pollard, legislative and communications director for Minnesota Management and Budget.

04/24/2013

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Minn. Senate Proposes Hiking Top Tax Bracket Rate

Minnesota Senate leaders on Tuesday proposed a plan to raise more than $1.8 billion through tax increases on income, business property and tobacco, setting up an uncomfortable vote for some of their fellow Democrats from swing districts.

04/23/2013

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