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Flood Relief Package Gets Senate Backing; Up Next In House

A flood aid package meant to assist more than half of Minnesota counties hit with severe flooding cleared the Minnesota Senate on Thursday.

01/22/2015

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Minnesota House Moves Fast To Approve $20M Tax Cut Bill

The Minnesota House has voted unanimously to approve about $20 million in extra tax credits and deductions that people can claim when filing forms this winter and spring.

01/15/2015

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Minimum Wage Increases To $8 An Hour In Minnesota

Minimum-wage earners in Minnesota get a pay raise to $8 an hour. For Minnesota’s lowest-paid workers, the most welcome move the Legislature made this year was increasing the minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade.

08/01/2014

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Minnesota Lawmakers Tilt Toward Session Finish

Minnesota lawmakers are back in action after a week away from the Capitol, but their annual session is rapidly winding down. Fewer than four weeks remain before lawmakers must conclude their work. Democratic majorities are hoping to finalize plans for the remaining budget surplus with a mixture of new spending and additional tax relief.

04/22/2014

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As Senate Approves Budget, Dayton Urges Restraint

Minnesota senators are set to vote on a spending plan that devotes more money to preschool programs, financial aid for college students and allowances for caregivers for the disabled and elderly. The plan to be debated Tuesday would draw the money from the remaining state budget surplus.

04/08/2014

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Lawmakers Reach Deal To Hike Minimum Wage To $9.50

Minnesota legislative leaders appear to have reached a deal to raise the state’s minimum wage. No details have been announced, but top lawmakers called a news conference for Monday morning to discuss an agreement.

04/07/2014

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Lake Superior Zoo Seeks Funding After 2012 Flooding

Officials with the Lake Superior Zoo will seeking funding from the State Legislature after major flooding in 2012 caused significant damage to the area. Representatives from the zoo met with Duluth Mayor Don Ness and administrators late last week.

03/26/2014

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12-18-13 Senator Michelle Benson On The Morning News With Dave Lee

State Senator Michelle Benson with Dave Lee….click the link to listen to the podcast!

12/18/2013

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12-18-13 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

MnSure Executive Director has stepped down. Reaction from Blois on The Morning Take.

12/18/2013

Blois Olson Bio

11-13-13 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Another hat in the ring for Governor in 2014?

11/13/2013

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11-12-13 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Target Center makeover becomes reality…

11/12/2013

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11-11 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Pay raises around state government….why?

11/11/2013

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10-29-13 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Join Blois and John Williams tonight at 7:30 for the final Minneapolis Mayoral debate.

10/29/2013

Blois Olson Bio

10-28-13 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Blois Olson returns after a week’s vacation…..

10/28/2013

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10-25-13 David Hann On The Morning News With Dave Lee

The Eden Prarie Republican met with Mark Ritchie yesterday.

10/25/2013

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10-22-13 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Mark Dayton talking with reporters today about his medical issues.

10/22/2013

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Minn. Officials Plan For Electronic Voting Rosters

A pilot project in the works for this fall replaces those reams of voter sign-in sheets at polling places with electronic rosters. The Legislature approved the e-roster project in a limited number of precincts. The results will determine if it gets expanded more broadly in future elections.

07/09/2013

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Blois Olson Has State Capitol Overnight News

Blois Olson shared his political ‘Morning Take’ with Dave Lee on WCCO Wednesday morning

05/15/2013

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Minn. Senate Proposes Hiking Top Tax Bracket Rate

Minnesota Senate leaders on Tuesday proposed a plan to raise more than $1.8 billion through tax increases on income, business property and tobacco, setting up an uncomfortable vote for some of their fellow Democrats from swing districts.

04/23/2013

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DFL Swing Vote On Gay Marriage Says He’ll Support

A Democratic state senator seen as a swing vote on gay marriage says he’ll vote to make it legal in Minnesota.

04/23/2013

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MinnCare Up For Debate At State Legislature

Among the budgetary items up for debate in the Legislature is whether or not to discontinue Minnesota Care on the eve of implementing the Federal Affordable Care Act, which take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

04/03/2013

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Bills Reach 1st Cut Line In Minn. Legislature

Deadline day has arrived in the Minnesota Legislature. Lawmakers have been cramming in committee hearings all week to hear as many proposals as possible.

03/15/2013

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Lynne Osterman Joins John Williams!

The former legislator teared up at a hearing discussing the issue of Gay Marriage.

03/12/2013

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Minn. Nurse Staffing Debate Exposes Partisan Rift

Minnesota lawmakers fell into partisan camps Thursday as a House panel advanced a bill seeking state regulations on the number of nurses working shifts in hospitals.

02/21/2013

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Round 2 Of Gun Debate On Tap At Minn. Capitol

Minnesota state senators are diving into the debate over gun control measures at the Capitol.

02/21/2013

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