Minnesota Legislature

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Vietnam Veterans Honored At Fort Snelling Ceremony

The ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. buildup of military personnel in South Vietnam. The Pentagon wants to elevate the status of Vietnam vets to the status of World War 2 and Korean War veterans.

08/02/2015

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GOP Calls Dayton ‘Out Of Touch’ Following Cabinet Pay Hike

Gov. Mark Dayton was preparing to announce pay raises for his state agency commissioners as Republicans were warning exorbitant increases would become a campaign issue next year.

07/01/2015

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Session 2015: Where Issues Stand With Special Session Done

The Legislature wrapped up its 2015 work in a flurry, with lawmakers working nearly a month late to finalize a $42 billion budget. Here’s a look at some of the state’s new laws, some that failed, and what may be on the horizon.

06/15/2015

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Winkler’s Resignation From Legislature Effective July 1

Minnesota’s Legislature will be down a member starting in July. Democratic Rep. Ryan Winkler has submitted his formal resignation that is effective on July 1. The fifth-term lawmaker previously said he would step down as his family relocates to Europe for his wife’s career move.

06/15/2015

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Gov. Dayton Signs Bills, Avoiding Government Shutdown

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton today signed into law the budget bills passed overnight by a Special Session of the Legislature, avoiding a partial state government shutdown.

06/13/2015

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Lawmakers Take Extraordinary Measures To Advance Late Budget

Minnesota’s path to a new state budget took another abrupt turn Friday when Democratic senators reworked a funding bill for agricultural and environmental programs instead of passing a plan negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans.

06/12/2015

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Layoffs Loom For Thousands Of State Workers As Budget Talks Stall

Thousands of state workers will get layoff notices on Monday. It comes after another day of budget talks between Governor Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt.

05/29/2015

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Dayton To Meet With Daudt On Possible Special Session

Governor Mark Dayton will meet with House Speaker Kurt Daudt Tuesday to lay the groundwork for a special session. The two are trying to work things out to avoid a partial government shutdown.

05/26/2015

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Gov. Dayton Not Sorry For Saying GOP Hates Public Schools

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he will not apologize for comments he made about Republicans after lawmakers did not pass his top priority: statewide pre-kindergarten programs. Dayton plans to veto the $17 billion education bill later this week and call a special session of the legislature to pass a new version instead.

05/20/2015

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Good Question: How Often Are There Special Sessions?

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton sent a veto letter to House Speaker Kurt Daudt for what the governor called an “insufficient” $17 billion education budget bill.

05/19/2015

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Lawmakers Adjourn; Dayton Veto Over Education Spending Looms

Minnesota’s Legislature finalized a two-year spending plan just before a midnight deadline struck, but they adjourned with a near-certain special session looming to solve an education budget standoff with Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/19/2015

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Budget-Setting Session Reaches Deadline, But Show May Go On

A midnight deadline to adopt a new two-year budget bore down Monday on the Minnesota Legislature, which could see its stay in St. Paul extended by a rift over preschool.

05/18/2015

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Brewing Budget Deal Spares Health Program, Defers Tax Cuts

Minnesota’s legislative leaders have promised they’re making progress on a budget deal. Now they have something to show for it.

05/15/2015

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Small Slices Of Minnesota’s Budget Coming Together In Deal

Legislative leaders say they’re making slow but steady progress on hammering out a deal for the state’s next budget. Top House and Senate lawmakers were expected to resume private negotiations at Gov. Mark Dayton’s residence Thursday with the goal of passing a budget by Monday’s deadline. The two sides have met for hours every day this week but said little about the content of those talks.

05/14/2015

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Budget Negotiations At A Standstill On Taxes, Transportation

Minnesota budget negotiations entered a holding pattern Tuesday, with each side urging the other to take the first step to bridge an enormous divide over tax cuts and transportation funding that has narrowed little through days of private meetings.

05/12/2015

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In Session’s Final Push, Minnesota Budget Deal Still Elusive

Minnesota’s legislative session is moving into its final, frantic week with the full outline of a new state budget still a blur but some potential elements of an agreement coming into focus. The few people in on private negotiations are saying almost nothing, but the Capitol has turned into its usual hothouse of rumors and compromise scenarios.

05/09/2015

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In Tax Plans, Small Stuff Aims For Big Impact On Health

Some smaller measures in tax plans on the table in Minnesota’s budget discussion aim to make a big impact on public health and child safety. They won’t get the attention of business property tax breaks or across-the-board income exemptions causing clashes, but the measures stand a decent chance of happening.

05/04/2015

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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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Legalized Silencers, Other Gun Measures Head To House Floor

A handful of gun bills are ready for a final vote. The Minnesota House was expected to take up bills Thursday that would legalize gun silencers and remove a requirement that gun permit owners notify state officials before bringing a firearm onto Capitol grounds. Other measures were also set for a vote.

04/16/2015

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Light-Rail Fare Jumpers Could Face Crackdown

Twin Cities light-rail transit officials today defended themselves at the State Capitol against what some lawmakers say is an “epidemic” of fare jumpers.

04/13/2015

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Session 2015: Lawmakers Have Lots Left To Tackle After Break

The Legislature has reached its spring break before grinding its way to the May 18 mandatory adjournment. Once lawmakers return in early April they’ll concentrate on shaping a new two-year budget, but there’s much more hanging in the balance. Here’s a look at where many issues stand.

03/28/2015

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House Budget Calls For Tax Cuts, Slimming On Human Services

Minnesota’s top Republican leaders proposed Tuesday a budget that includes $2 billion in tax cuts.

03/24/2015

Public Transportation

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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Minnesota State Parks Seek Fee Bump To Maintain Services

The Department of Natural Resources is asking the Minnesota Legislature to raise entrance fees at state parks so it can maintain services at existing levels. Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposes to bump the current $5 daily vehicle fee by $1 to $6, and the current 12-month $25 vehicle fee by $5 to $30.

03/20/2015

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