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Minn. Lawmakers End Push To Open Voting Early

Minnesota Democrats are giving up for the year on a push to change election law so people could start voting weeks before Election Day.

05/15/2013

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Minn. Primed To Put Firms On Hook During Lockouts

Minnesota lawmakers are primed to adopt legislation giving idled workers longer-lasting jobless benefits when locked out by their companies in labor fights.

05/15/2013

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Talking Points: The Vote For Gay Marriage In MN

On Monday, the Minnesota Senate is expected to vote to legalize gay marriage. And Gov. Mark Dayton has already said he will sign the measure into law.

05/12/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Gay Marriage – What A Difference A Year Makes?

In early 2012, a public policy poll found that 50 percent of Minnesotans surveyed favored a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and only 40 percent said they opposed the amendment.

05/11/2013

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Minn. Senate Votes To Raise Gas Tax By 5 Cents

In a sudden shift Friday, the Minnesota Senate revived the possibility of raising the gas tax for roadwork and a metropolitan area sales tax for mass transit projects by making over what had been a stand-pat transportation finance plan.

05/10/2013

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Sales Tax On Clothing Still ‘On The Table’

With ten days to go in the 2013 session, DFL legislative leaders held budget talks with Governor Mark Dayton Friday to hammer out their differences on tax and budget issues, including a Senate proposal to extend the state’s sale tax to clothing.

05/10/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Clothing Sales Tax On The Table

Gov. Mark Dayton initially proposed taxing Minnesota clothing sales that were more than $100. After protests he had to pull that off the table.

05/04/2013

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Senate Backs Minn. Tuition For Immigrants’ Kids

The children of immigrants who are in Minnesota illegally would be eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid at the state’s public colleges and universities under a bill the state Senate passed on Wednesday.

05/01/2013

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Talking Points: Solving MN’s Budget Woes With Taxes?

The democrats may be in control at the state Capitol but they certainly cannot agree on how to solve the state’s budget problems.

04/28/2013

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Tech Firm Near Win In Quiet Push For Minn. Breaks

In early February, a development agency in Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration made a deal with a giant pharmaceutical company: The state would explore grants and tax breaks that could yield almost 200 high-wage jobs all while keeping Baxter Healthcare Group’s name out of the public conversation.

04/28/2013

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Senate Passes Budget For All-Day Kindergarten

The state Senate has passed its education budget to provide funding for all-day kindergarten.

04/25/2013

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Minn. Budget Pieces Come Together At Capitol

Minnesota’s two-year budget puzzle is starting to come together as the state Senate takes up the two biggest pieces of state spending.

04/25/2013

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Drug Test For Lawmakers: Next Stop, Senate

Members of the Minnesota Senate will decide whether to require drug tests for lawmakers to qualify for their pay and benefits.

04/24/2013

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Senate Tax Plan To Affect More Than Top 2 Percent

The Senate’s soon-to-be-unveiled tax plan will likely affect more than 2 percent of the state’s top earners with an income tax increase, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday.

04/22/2013

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Minn. Senate Passes Another Slice Of 2-Year Budget

The Minnesota Senate has passed a wide-ranging spending bill that dictates state funds for programs run by the state agriculture, natural resources, commerce, pollution control and economic development agencies.

04/19/2013

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