A projected $1.87 billion budget surplus puts majority House Republicans in a game of tug-of-war — not just with Democrats who control the rest of state government, but within their own party’s competing and sometimes conflicting priorities over how much should be spent versus returned to taxpayers.
A $1 billion surplus sounds like plenty for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to spread around for new education initiatives, tax cuts and road and bridge improvements.
A Minnesota Supreme Court ruling has removed a legal barrier that threatened to block or delay a new government office building for state senators. The decision Thursday effectively ends a court fight that could have delayed an early July groundbreaking.
A former lawmaker suing to stop a new Senate office building must come up with an $11 million bond if he wants to press his case forward in the Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that the bond would protect the state from losses resulting from delays due to the litigation by former Rep. Jim Knoblach of St. Cloud. The state had asked for a higher bond while Knoblach’s attorney has said it could deter him from pressing the case.
A former Minnesota lawmaker is objecting to the state’s demand that he cover millions of dollars in costs if he ends up delaying construction of a new Minnesota Senate office building.
State lawyers argued Tuesday that a foe of a new Minnesota Senate office building should be on the hook for $18.6 million if his lawsuit doesn’t succeed on appeal and construction is delayed.
A former Republican lawmaker has filed suit in Ramsey County District Court to stop an $89.5 million State Senate office building project. The Minnesota Legislature approved the new office building for Senators and staff in the last days of the 2013 session.