Minnesota Lawmakers Must Pass Own Budget, But Not Much Work Mandatory

The 2018 Minnesota Legislature opens at noon Tuesday, Feb. 20, and there are plenty of questions about what topics might be debated. A few things are given: One of the first bills to pass must be funding for the Legislature, which Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed last spring in an unsuccessful attempt to get the…
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How To Follow Minnesota Legislature

— Legislative website: www.leg.state.mn.us — Find out who represents you: tinyurl.com/MNLegWho — Calendar for legislative meetings: tinyurl.com/MNLegCal — The House and Senate stream legislative committee hearings and House and Senate sessions on their websites and public television’s Minnesota Channel airs debate: tinyurl.com/MNMedia — How a bill becomes law: tinyurl.com/MNBillLaw — Find House bills: tinyurl.com/MNHBills —…
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Chatter: Wellstone Group Involved In Internal Action

Wellstone Action has trained thousands of “progressive” candidates and campaign workers, and claimed to have helped 1,000 get elected. Their website describes the group’s mission: “Founded to carry forward the work of Paul and Sheila Wellstone, we arm progressives with the strategies and skills to win. We develop political leaders. We strengthen movement organizations. We…
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Dayton Wants Opioid Funds, No Overall GOP Buy-in Yet

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to increase spending to battle an opioid epidemic, focusing on communities that have the biggest problems, such as American Indians. The Democratic governor proposes spending $12 million in the year beginning next July 1. He wants to spend $20 million a year after that, funded by a penny fee on every…
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Pre-Session Briefing Still Available

People who missed Tuesday’s pre-session briefing, or who want to watch it again may go to tinyurl.com/2018FNSbriefing. Gov. Mark Dayton and the four legislative leaders answered reporters’ questions for more than an hour at the Forum News Service-sponsored event.