Darrell Paulsen invites legislators to spend some time caring for him like home care providers do. He made the remarks Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, when patients and home care providers announced support for higher pay and other changes in a state contract. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Clients Join Union Care Workers Seeking Higher Pay, Better Training

Unionized home care attendants want the state to increase their base pay to $15 an hour and fund for more training, even as some of their colleague seek to disband the union. Contract talks with the state begin Friday, Sept. 30. Workers and their clients told reporters on Wednesday that the improvements are needed to…
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Conservative Group Faults Minnesota Tax Law

A conservative group says Minnesota’s taxes are the 46th most competitive in the country. The Tax Foundation reported on Wednesday, Sept. 28, that when considering corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance taxes, Minnesota finished near the last. Only Vermont, Washington, D.C., California, New York and New Jersey have worse business tax climates, the…
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Chatter: Minnesota Capitol Not Alone In Renovation Work

A recent drive through Cheyenne, Wyo., included a familiar scene to a Minnesota Capitol insider: a Capitol building undergoing renovation. At least eight state capitols, as well as the U.S. Capitol, are undergoing renovations or the work was completed recently. Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction Co. is overseeing, or at least has a hand in,…
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Newest Poll Shows ‘Minnesota Is In Play’ With Clinton Up By 7 Points

A new Minnesota presidential poll continues to show a closer contest than is common in the state, with Hillary Clinton up by 7 points. However, if Minnesota voters are like Americans in general, half were waiting for debates to begin to make up their minds. A just-released SurveyUSA poll from the Twin Cities’ KSTP-TV indicates…
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Minnesota and Xcel Energy officials announce on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, that a third of the state Capitol complex will get electricity from rural Minnesota solar and wind farms. From left are Administration Commissioner Matt Massman, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Excel President Chris Clark. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Capitol Complex To Get Power From Rural Minnesota

Rural Minnesota wind and solar farms likely will provide a third of the electricity for the state’s 23-building Capitol complex near downtown St. Paul. State and Xcel Energy officials on Wednesday, Sept. 21, announced a 20-year deal to use power from North Star Solar Project in Chisago County and Odell Wind Warm in Cottonwood, Jackson,…
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