Judges Back North Dakota Over Minnesota Clean Air Law

Minnesota overstepped its authority in a 2007 law that restricts buying electricity from North Dakota coal-fired power plants, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The Next Generation Energy Act violates the U.S. Constitution’s provision allowing only Congress to regulate commerce among states, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. Wednesday’s ruling supports a 2014 lower…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton looks on and Sen. Jeff Hayden uses his telephone Wednesday, June 15, 2016, as Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk briefs reporters on a meeting about setting up a special legislative sessin. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

No Progress Reported In Special Session Talks

The most positive description of a high-level Wednesday meeting to set up a Minnesota special legislative session was that it “it was not as productive as I would have liked.” Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, also said that “the tone of the speaker’s voice” was better than in previous meetings, even though no one…
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Bonding Panel Focuses On Transportation, But Dispute Remains

Transportation funding appears to remain the main hurdle to a special legislative session to fund Minnesota public works projects and fix a tax bill. A meeting of House and Senate public works negotiators Tuesday failed to produce any sign they are closer to agreement than when their regular session ended last month. Legislative leaders and…
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A crowd listens to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Rochester, his first stop on a statewide tour selilng the need for a public works bill. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Political Chatter: Campaigns Are On For Special Session

Minnesota Democrats and Republicans agree on the need for a special legislative session, but that does not mean one is certain. Democrats, led by Gov. Mark Dayton, argue that a one-day June session is needed to approve funding public works projects in a bonding bill. Most Republicans do not dispute the need for such a…
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About 200 people listen to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton In Rochester  Wednesday, June 8, 2016, as he says it is important for the Legislature to pass a public works fuunding bill. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Dayton Starts Public Works Campaign

Gov. Mark Dayton may not be up for election in November, but he is campaigning this week. The Democratic governor launched a three-day statewide tour Wednesday to sell Minnesotans on the need for a public works finance bill. He emphasized higher education facility needs at his first stop, Rochester Community and Technical College, and will…
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