Minnesota Leaders Promise School Safety Funds

A deadly Texas school shooting turned Minnesota safe school legislation into a top priority. “Emergency safe school funding is my top priority for the next 56 hours,” Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, tweeted late Friday afternoon, May 18, looking ahead to the mandatory end of the legislative session this weekend. In the hours after…
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Bonding Passes As Session Winds Down

Minnesota House passage of a public works funding bill signals the beginning of the end to the 2018 Minnesota Legislature. The House voted 84-39 Monday, May 14, for a bill that would borrow about $1 billion for everything from fixing college buildings to building water-treatment plants throughout the state. “I cannot guarantee you are going…
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One Water Issue Eases As Rally Begins

Minnesota water advocates gathered at the Capitol for their annual Clean Water Action Day when at least one water controversy seems to be easing. House Agriculture Chairman Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, said Wednesday, May 2, an hour before the clean-water rally that farmers now pretty much accept a Dayton administration draft rule on nitrogen fertilizer, although…
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House GOP: Borrow $825 Million For Public Works Project

Repairing, not building, is a public works priority for Minnesota House Republicans. Instead of constructing lots of new buildings, they propose fixing roofs, painting peeling walls and other such routine but needed work. The House public works plan, to be funded by the state selling bonds, would spend $825 million, Republicans announced late Wednesday afternoon,…
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Stephens Backs Backer As Running Mate

The Woodbury Republican mayor running for Minnesota governor has picked a rural lawmaker to be her running mate. Mary Giuliani Stephens announced on Wednesday, May 2, that Rep. Jeff Backer from Browns Valley will run for lieutenant governor. The team represents the two geographic areas Republicans must carry to win a general election: the suburbs…
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