Bakk: Hold Back Some Of Surplus In Case Of Tax-Lawsuit LossSenate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he's reluctant to use Minnesota's projected $1.87 billion surplus entirely because of a tax lawsuit that would be costly if the state loses.
Bakk: Pass New Money For Roads This Year Or Punt To 2017Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is cranking up the pressure to pass a major transportation package this year. The Cook Democrat said Thursday he thinks the Legislature will punt until at least 2017 if lawmakers fail this session to pass new funding for roads and bridges.
New Minn. Cigarette Tax Unlikely To Exceed Wis.Minnesota's cigarette tax is about to go up, but a top lawmaker says the new rate won't be more than Wisconsin's. Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says the final tax could match the $2.52 per pack rate charged in Wisconsin. That's $1.29 more than Minnesota assesses now.
Bakk Says Wide Expansion To All-Day K Planned The budget Minnesota lawmakers expect to pass will contain funding for all-day kindergarten at state expense. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday that any district that wants to offer it will have the cost fully reimbursed.
Dayton, Minn. DFL Leaders Reach Budget Deal Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature's top Democrats announced an agreement Sunday to raise taxes on Minnesota's wealthier residents and cigarette sales and to spend the extra money on public schools and colleges, as well as on other areas.
Top Minn. Dem Doubts Expanded Gun Checks Can PassSenate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says a proposal to require background checks on all firearm purchases probably lacks support to become Minnesota law.
Amy Koch Breaks Her Silence After Affair, ResignationFormer Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch is breaking her silence about her resignation.
Ex-Minn. Senate Leader Koch Speaks Out On DownfallFormer Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch is striking back at top Republicans over her 2011 resignation after an affair with a staff member, accusing them of pledging to give her time to talk to her family and then promptly leaking word of the affair to media.
Ex-Aide Meets Privately With Top Minn. Senators The former aide threatening to sue the Minnesota Senate over his firing related to a high-level affair has met privately with top GOP senators.
Lawmakers: House Will Vote On Stadium Bill MondayThe Minnesota Senate's top Republican says a financing plan for a new Vikings stadium won't be part of a construction projects package.
New Senate Majority Leader Senjem On Scandal, StadiumMinnesota Republicans are still reeling from the scandal that forced Senator Amy Koch to resign as Senate Majority Leader last month.
WCCO Interview: Sen. Koch On Stepping Down, AftermathIn her first television interview since she stepped down as Minnesota'a Senate Majority Leader, Amy Koch is rethinking her decision not to run for reelection after admitting she had an inappropriate relationship with a Senate staffer.

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