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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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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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Senate Democrats Sign Lease For Downtown St. Paul Office

Minnesota state senators have found some new digs in downtown St. Paul. Senate Democrats and staffers will move into a temporary office space in the UBS Tower in late May as construction consumes the Capitol. They’ll stay there until a new senate office building opens early next year.

04/28/2015

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Senate Passes Gas Tax Increase To Fund Road, Bridge Repairs

State officials say about half of Minnesota roads and bridges are more than 40 years old, nearing the end of their useful lives.

04/27/2015

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Calmer Tone Heard From Dayton, Bakk In Dispute Over Salaries

Last week’s confrontation over Minnesota agency commissioner pay gave way Monday to a calmer tone between two key Democrats in the middle of it, Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk.

02/16/2015

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How Will Lawmakers Spend The $1 Billion Surplus?

Minnesota lawmakers kicked off the new session Thursday with a sweeping package of unusual legislative priorities.

01/08/2015

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Minn. Senate Wants Wholesale Gas Tax For Roads

After backing off a proposed gas tax increase in the face of opposition from Gov. Mark Dayton, state Senate Democrats on Wednesday proposed an alternative in the form of a new sales tax on fuel sales at the wholesale level as a way to raise money for road and bridge projects.

04/17/2013

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Senate Dems Seek Boost For Early Education

Senate Democrats are looking to help Minnesota’s youngest students with their budget choices on education.

04/11/2013

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Good Question: ‘Reply All’ To Your Good Questions

Jason DeRusha hits “reply all” to viewer’s good questions.

02/25/2011

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AFL-CIO Says Unions Won’t Stop Fighting Wis. Bill

AFL-CIO leaders say union members in Wisconsin will keep fighting against proposed anti-union legislation, even if it passes.

02/18/2011