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Special Education Costs Vex Minn. School Districts

Minnesota’s legislative auditor says fast-rising special education costs are hampering the ability of school districts to reach other education goals, such as reducing class sizes.

03/06/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Switch To Alternate Gun Plan

Fearing that broader restrictions on guns won’t pass, top Minnesota lawmakers on Monday tacked toward new legislation that avoids expanding background checks as their best bet to tighten the state’s gun laws.

03/04/2013

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Pranking 911? Minn. Bill Would Stiffen Penalties

Minnesota lawmakers want to put prank callers to 911 emergency lines on notice that future fake calls could come at a price.

03/03/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers To Take Up Silica Sand Mining Boom

Critics of a booming silica sand mining industry will ask lawmakers to hit the pause button Tuesday when the Minnesota Legislature holds its first-ever hearing on a subject that has so far been left up to local governments.

02/17/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Seek To Lift Abuse Lawsuit Limits

A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers want to eliminate a statute of limitations on the ability to file civil claims related to allegations of child sexual abuse.

02/13/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Open Debate On Interest Disclosure

Minnesota lawmakers expect a tricky task when they begin refining legislation that more clearly define conflicts of interest and demands more financial disclosure from Minnesota public officials.

02/12/2013

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State Lawmakers Push Bill To Hire More Veterans

State lawmakers want to give Minnesota businesses tax credits for hiring veterans.

02/11/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Weigh Medicaid Expansion

Minnesota lawmakers are moving this week to take the federal government up on a health care offer: By making more low-income people eligible for the Medical Assistance program they’re getting the U.S. government to temporarily foot the extra costs.

02/11/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Want Tighter Database Security

A week after more than 5,000 Minnesotans found out that a Department of Natural Resources employee had looked up their driving or motor vehicle records, state lawmakers Wednesday announced their plan to curb abuse of databases.

01/23/2013

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‘U Of M’ President Defends Spending, Calls WSJ Report Misleading

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler addressed state lawmakers Tuesday and defended the University against charges made by a national newspaper.

01/15/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Gun Sales Soar

As lawmakers in Washington discuss how to keep guns out of the hands of disturbed individuals, gun sales are setting records the New York Times reports.

01/12/2013

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U Of M Responds To Report Criticizing Its Spending

The University of Minnesota is now defending itself against allegations of wasteful spending.

01/11/2013

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‘Bloat’ Criticism Could Hurt University Of MN At Capitol

State budget leaders have a message for the University of Minnesota: The money won’t come easy.

01/10/2013

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Minn. Senate Leader Wants Higher Amendment Bar

Following the failure in November of two constitutional amendments championed largely by Republicans, DFL lawmakers now at the Capitol’s helm said Thursday they want to make it tougher to put such measures on the ballot.

01/10/2013

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Latest Deficit Will Drive Minn. Capitol Session

New year, new faces, same old challenge in the Minnesota Legislature: a state budget that’s out of whack.

01/03/2013

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Latest Deficit Will Drive Minn. Capitol Action

New year, new faces, same old challenge in the Minnesota Legislature: a state budget that’s out of whack.

01/03/2013

Obama Makes Statement On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

House Won’t Vote Before Midnight On ‘Cliff’ Deal

The House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

12/31/2012

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Lawmakers Call For Hearing Into Minn. Orchestra Finances

When the Minnesota Orchestra got $14 million in taxpayer funds to renovate its Minneapolis concert hall, they vouched for its financial stability at the time, citing “three balanced budgets in a row.” Now, some lawmakers want a hearing to investigate whether that was truthful.

12/20/2012

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Minn. Lawmakers Ease Off Constitutional Changes

Democrats taking over the Minnesota Legislature are avoiding bold promises to change the state’s constitution after voters decisively rejected two Republican-backed amendments earlier this month.

11/18/2012

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Public Workers, Lawmakers In Heated Debate Over Raises At Capitol

A battle is underway at the State Capitol between public workers who say they need a raise and lawmakers who wonder if the state can afford it.

08/09/2012

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Minn. Lawmakers Defend Voter ID Measure Validity

Lawyers for the Minnesota Legislature argue that lawmakers deserve wide latitude to design constitutional ballot questions as they fight an attempt to scuttle a photo ID measure awaiting voters in November, according to new court papers.

06/27/2012

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Minn. Lawmakers To Hire Law Firm In Voter ID Case

Top Minnesota lawmakers have approved an $18,000 legal expense in a fight to preserve a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

06/14/2012

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A To Z: Snapshot Of Minn. Legislature 2012 Session

Minnesota lawmakers quickly bolted for home after spending almost four months sparring over thousands of bills they introduced, debated and mostly shelved.

05/11/2012

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Vikings’ Contribution To Stadium At Issue In Minn.

Minnesota lawmakers working out a final Vikings stadium bill must decide how much money the team should put into the $975 million proposal.

05/09/2012

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On Eve Of Vote, Union Rallies In Support Of Vikes Stadium

Minnesota Vikings stadium enthusiasts are calling Monday’s vote “Game Day For Jobs.”

05/06/2012

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