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Education Spending Bill Passes House, Heads To Senate

A highly contentious debate over education issues kept state lawmakers working through the weekend.

4 hours ago

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Activists Rally For Education Spending At State Capitol

At a rally outside the capitol Saturday, activists say with a $2 billion surplus, now is the time to invest in education. Republicans want to use the surplus to lower taxes.

6 hours ago

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GOP’s Attempt To End MNsure Fails In Senate

An attempt to dismantle the Minnesota health insurance exchange failed to get enough votes at the State Capitol Friday. The Democratic-led Minnesota Senate defeated the attempt by Republicans to get rid of MNsure via a budget bill.

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Senate Rejects Fee, Inspection Rule For Abortion Clinics

Minnesota senators have turned back a measure that would have led to twice yearly inspections and $10,200 licensing fees for clinics that provide 10 or more abortions per month. Friday’s 32-29 vote establishes a chamber position as senators head into budget negotiations with the Republican-led House.

04/24/2015

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House GOP Shuts Down DFL Education Spending Proposal

House Democrats have the highest bid in Minnesota’s education funding debate.

04/23/2015

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Budget Bills Start Long Legislative Path In Senate

Pieces of Minnesota’s $40-billion budget are starting to move. The work starts first in the Senate Monday with bills that fund state agencies and Minnesota’s public universities and colleges.

04/20/2015

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Senate DFL Doesn’t Go As Far As Dayton On Preschool Spending

Just one day after Gov. Mark Dayton visited a St. Paul pre-kindergarten class, his fellow Democrats passed a bill with only a fraction of the funding he wants to send every 4 year old in Minnesota to school for free.

04/15/2015

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Democrats Ready For Round 2 As GOP Targets Health Program

Republicans are bringing Democrats back to the mat to save a public health care program for tens of thousands of low-income Minnesota residents.

04/15/2015

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In Iowa, Clinton Lays Out Tenets Of 2016 Campaign

Hillary Rodham Clinton began laying out her Democratic presidential campaign message in Iowa on Tuesday, casting herself as a “champion” for struggling Americans and calling for a purging of “unaccountable money” from the campaign finance system.

04/14/2015

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House GOP Moves To Cut Met Council Chair’s Pay In Half

House Republicans are moving to cut the Metropolitan Council chairman’s salary in half, a top GOP lawmaker told The Associated Press, a jab at Gov. Mark Dayton over a pay increase they believe went beyond the terms of a deal on commissioner salaries.

04/14/2015

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GOP Launches Second Probe Of Democrat’s Role At Nonprofit

Senate Republicans are filing a second ethics complaint against a powerful Democrat stemming from his ties to an embattled nonprofit. Sen. Jeff Hayden served on the board of Community Action Minneapolis, which was found to have misspent $800,000 in taxpayer dollars.

04/10/2015

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Hillary Clinton To Announce Presidential Campaign On Sunday

Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, according to people familiar with her plans.

04/10/2015

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Dayton Faces Obstacles In Push For Construction Finance Plan

As Minnesota lawmakers return to St. Paul, Gov. Mark Dayton is delivering them a list public works construction projects that would require state borrowing.

04/07/2015

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North Dakota Governor Wants Ban On Gay Discrimination

North Dakota’s Republican governor on Thursday said state lawmakers missed an opportunity to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination when they failed for the third time in six years to pass a measure that would prohibit bias in housing and employment based on sexual orientation.

04/03/2015

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Minnesota Republicans Stake Out $7B Plan For Roads, Bridges

Minnesota House and Senate Republicans are ready to release a transportation plan they’ll push as an alternative to a hefty proposal offered by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

03/23/2015

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Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up On House Floor

It’s time to talk about the minimum wage again. The Republican-controlled House was expected to take up a bill Monday afternoon that would allow employers to pay tipped staff $8 hourly if tips bring their pay above $12 an hour.

03/23/2015

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Dayton Ups Recommendations For Tax Relief, School Spending

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposed spending nearly all of the state’s $1.9 billion dollar budget surplus on Tuesday. Gov. Dayton outlined a series of new spending programs on children, education and families.

03/17/2015

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Bill Allowing Gun Silencers Gathering Support At MN Capitol

A bill that would allow silencers on guns is gaining support at the State Capitol. Currently, the devices are banned in Minnesota, but the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee passed a measure legalizing them.

03/13/2015

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Legal Silencers, Other Expansions Stir Gun Debate Again

The prospect of legalizing silencers and removing disclosure to bring a firearm onto state Capitol grounds is heating up gun debate in Minnesota again. Gun rights advocates and gun control backers packed into a hearing room Thursday to testify on measures to expand firearm laws.

03/12/2015

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MN GOP Rolls Out Surplus Refund Ad Campaign

A new state Republican Party television ad is advocating a full return of Minnesota’s $1.87 billion projected surplus to taxpayers, which is more than majority House Republicans have embraced. Party Chairman Keith Downey framed the “give it all back” rallying cry as a starting point.

03/10/2015

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House Votes To Reduce Seniority As Teacher Layoff Factor

The Minnesota House has passed a divisive Republican bill that would minimize the role of seniority in teacher layoff decisions statewide. School boards would be required to include evaluations of teachers in layoff decisions under the proposal.

03/06/2015

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Dayton, Bakk Put On A Show In 1st Appearance After Blow-Up

If the falling out between Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk was achingly public, their patching up was equally so.

03/05/2015

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Congress Sends Homeland Bill To Obama Without Conditions

Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the president’s immigration policies.

03/03/2015

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After Falling Out, Dayton And Bakk Try To Patch Things Up

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he and Gov. Mark Dayton had a private chat where the Capitol’s two most powerful Democrats committed to moving on after a public feud.

02/25/2015

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After Minimum Wage Boost, Some DFLers Turn To Paid Leave

Some Minnesota Democrats want to build on a successful push to raise the minimum wage by establishing a statewide paid family leave program. Giving workers up to six weeks off for a birth, adoption or to take care of a sick relative will improve morale, boost productivity and ultimately save employers money, advocates say.

02/18/2015

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