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Reality Check: Why Do Legislators Pass Laws They Know They Will Repeal?

Repealing taxes that were approved just a couple months ago is highly unusual, but now it just might happen. Especially when it comes to the farm tax — a tax so unpopular, even Gov. Mark Dayton hates it, and he signed it into law.

08/13/2013

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Should The Media Release The “BRODKORB” Cheaters List?

Click the link to vote on KING JOHN’s Poll!

07/11/2013

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Minn. Edges Toward 6th Highest Cigarette Tax

Minnesota is weeks away from having the nation’s sixth highest tax on cigarettes when the new $2.83-a-pack charge kicks in. The Minnesota Department of Revenue on Thursday put a finer point on tax changes the Legislature approved in May. Increases in tobacco taxes were key parts of a new state budget.

06/06/2013

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Nearly 700 State Workers Earn More Than $100K

There was a lot of debate at the Capitol this year about pay raises for Minnesota lawmakers. But a WCCO investigation found soaring salaries are actually going to state employees who work as staff members.

05/22/2013

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Legislature Gives Green Light To Unionizing Day Cares

It’s lunchtime at Cyndi Cunningham’s in home day care where for the past 15 years she’s operated her non-union business, caring for the children of working parents.

05/21/2013

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1-Party Rule Clearly Alters State Course In Minnesota

Here’s where Minnesota Democrats and Republicans agree: The just-finished legislative session sent the state and its government on a dramatically different course than it traveled the last couple of decades.

05/21/2013

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Minn. Legislature Backs Excuse-Free Absentee Votes

The Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill that lets anyone vote by absentee ballot without being forced to provide an excuse.

05/20/2013

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Minn. House Finally Passes Day Care Union Bill

The Minnesota House has passed a bill that allows a union drive among home day care providers and personal care attendants after about 10 hours of debate strung out over more than two days.

05/20/2013

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School Bully Bill Stumbles At Minn. Legislature

Supporters of legislation to crack down on bullying in schools are vowing to press on next year after their bill got held up in the Minnesota Senate. A few dozen supporters of the bill gathered at the Capitol Monday.

05/20/2013

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Legislature Sends Dayton $15.7B Education Budget

The Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a school funding bill that boosts education spending in a number of areas.

05/19/2013

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Lawmakers Debate Until Early Sunday On Daycare, Education

With the session officially ending on Monday, state lawmakers have been debating for the last 16 hours trying to wrap up some of the most contested issues this year.

05/19/2013

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Gay Marriage Is Now Legal In Minnesota.

What do you think?

05/14/2013

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Protesters Chide Dems For ‘Lack Of Courage’ On Gun Control Vote

Gun control advocates said Friday that Democrats at the Minnesota Legislature are showing a “lack of courage” by shelving a vote on tougher gun laws.

05/03/2013

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Reality Check: Minnesota Following Trend On Gun Laws

The Minnesota Legislature won’t be voting on tougher gun laws after all.

05/02/2013

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State, Federal Proposals Seek To Add Tax To Online Sales

Consumers may not like it, but a lot of small businesses say it will help them survive. We’re talking about state sales tax being applied to online purchases.

04/24/2013

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Minn. House Backs Water Fee Hikes

Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate are looking for new ways to collect money. If their latest plan passes, that glass of water from your kitchen faucet may be getting more expensive.

04/19/2013

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Pay Raises For Minn. Lawmakers Barely Clear Senate

Pay raises for Minnesota lawmakers won approval Tuesday from the state Senate, but the plan to boost salaries of the governor, Legislature, agency commissioners and other elected officials faces a taller climb in the state House.

04/16/2013

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Bill: Extra $5 On Insurance Policies To Fund Police, Firefighter Pensions

Take a close look at your homeowner and auto insurance policies — the cost may be going up. Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill to add a $5 surcharge on every policy in the state.

04/04/2013

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After Break, Minn. Lawmakers Face Long To-Do List

For Minnesota lawmakers, spring break is over and the required end of the 2013 legislative session is not far around the corner.

04/01/2013

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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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Better Minn. Economic Outlook Eases Budget Stress

Minnesota’s budget pressures eased dramatically on Thursday, but not the political rift over how to shore up the state’s finances.

02/28/2013

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Gun Buyer Checks Argued At Minn. Senate Hearing

The Minnesota Senate opened controversial hearings on gun violence at the Capitol Thursday, focusing on much tougher background checks.

02/21/2013

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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. GOP Questions ‘Cuts’ In Dayton Budget

Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration said Monday that what was initially billed as $225 million in spending cuts in his budget blueprint is actually $58 million less.

01/28/2013

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