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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 To Lawmakers On MNsure: ‘Look Before You Leap’

Gov. Mark Dayton says Republican lawmakers pushing major changes to the state’s health insurance exchange should look before they leap. That’s why the Democratic governor has proposed creating a task force to study the future of MNsure and health care in Minnesota.

03/17/2015

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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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Abortion Issue Clouds Fate Of Trafficking Bill

Bipartisan legislation to crack down on human trafficking turned unexpectedly controversial Tuesday because of a Republican-backed provision relating to abortion that Democrats said they failed to notice. Democrats privately conceded they lack the votes to strip out the abortion provision, and some lawmakers suggested they would attempt to prevent a final vote on the entire measure instead.

03/10/2015

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Dayton Calls For More Budget Specifics From House GOP

Gov. Mark Dayton says majority House Republicans are getting a “free ride” when it comes to the state’s budget planning. Speaker Kurt Daudt says the House GOP will devote at least half of the state’s $1.8 billion surplus to tax relief while also boosting spending for education and nursing homes. Other Republicans have called to return the entire surplus to taxpayers.

03/09/2015

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Republicans Continue School-Choice Focus At Capitol

Republicans are continuing their focus on school choice with a pair of proposals to help more families afford private school. Sen. David Senjem wants the state to set aside $80 million in tax credits for people and corporations that donate to scholarship funds.

03/09/2015

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Wisconsin Assembly Sends Right-To-Work Bill To Gov. Walker

Wisconsin lawmakers voted Friday to make their state the 25th to enact right-to-work legislation, pushing a fast-tracked bill through the Assembly after an overnight debate and sending it on to Gov. Scott Walker for his promised signature.

03/06/2015

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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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Republican House Helping Abortion Opponents Make Case

Republican control of the Minnesota House is helping abortion opponents make their case this year. A House health committee on Wednesday passed a bill to end state funding for abortions. Another bill passed would require licensure for abortion clinics.

03/04/2015

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House GOP Walks Thin Line In Doling Out Budget Surplus

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.

03/01/2015

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GOP Senators Seek To Fast-Forward Primary Election To March

A group of Republican state senators wants Minnesota to shift its primary election up from August to March in time for next year’s presidential race.

02/26/2015

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Senate Republicans Outbid Governor In Education Wish List

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate want to spend more money on education than the state’s Democratic governor does. Sen. Sean Nienow says the Republican proposal would total around $450 million in extra school funding over the next two years.

02/24/2015

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GOP Restart Wage Debate With Talk Of Tips

House Republicans are reigniting a debate over the minimum wage with a move to exempt some servers, bartenders and other tipped workers from future hikes. Legislators passed a law last year bumping the state’s minimum wage up to $9.50 hourly by 2016.

02/23/2015

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Wisconsin Republicans Plan Vote On Right-To-Work Next Week

In a surprise announcement, the Republican leader of the state Senate says he will schedule a vote for next week on a yet-to-be-introduced bill that would make Wisconsin a right-to-work state.

02/20/2015

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Minnesota’s 2016 Caucuses To Be Held In March

Minnesota’s Democratic and Republican parties have scheduled next year’s precinct caucuses for March 1, which is when party activists will be able to cast their 2016 presidential preference votes. The parties jointly informed the Minnesota secretary of state of their plans Monday.

02/16/2015

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Wisconsin Gov. Walker ‘Punts’ On Question About Evolution

It ought to be the friendliest of soil for White House hopefuls looking to pad the resume with a little foreign policy experience: a trip to the United Kingdom. So far, however, the trips to England have been anything but merry for several prospective GOP candidates.

02/12/2015

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Vaccine Skeptics Find Unexpected Allies In Conservative GOP

As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. Though the stereotype of a vaccine skeptic is a coastal, back-to-the-land type, it’s generally been Democratic-controlled states that have tightened vaccination laws.

02/06/2015

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House GOP Signals Possible Fight Over Education Funding

Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed funding package for children and education could see some pushback from House Republicans this year.

02/04/2015

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House GOP Signals Possible Fight Over Education Funding

Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed funding package for children and education could see some pushback from House Republicans this year. They signaled as much in a joint House hearing on finance for education and health and human services Wednesday.

02/04/2015

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Senate Dems Expand Ed Focus To Counselors, Dual Credit

Democrats in the Minnesota Senate are expanding their focus on education. They want to increase school funding for counselors and programs that let high school students earn college credit.

02/04/2015

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Walker Says He Sees Gaps In Potential 2016 GOP Field

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he sees gaps in the potential field of Republican presidential candidates in 2016.

01/28/2015

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Abortion Opponents: House Republicans Could Help The Cause

Abortion opponents say a new Republican majority in the Minnesota House could help them out this year. They’re undeterred by a governor who says he doesn’t see himself signing any new abortion restrictions. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life has three legislative priorities this year.

01/22/2015

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