Too Partisan?

Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, is concerned that a property tax proposal  he helped draft will encounter problems with Republicans, including Gov. Tim Pawlenty, just because it was written by Democrats. "You get to the point where you can’t look at a legislative plan because the other side brings it out," he said. Marquart (on left…
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Beginning Of End?

Some lobbyists say the feeling under the Capitol dome today is one of the beginning of the end. Legislators must adjourn for the year three weeks from today. The major job lawmakers have left to do is to balance a $935 million budget deficit. They also would like to pass some other bills, including something…
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Ad Buy Limited

House Republicans are pumped up about their new television ad targeting Democrats who supported a gasoline tax hike, but Minnesota residents outside the Twin Cities may not even know it exists. House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, said his caucus initially wanted to run the ad on video monitors located on some gas pumps in…
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DFL Makes Budget Offer

Legislative Democrats today responded to Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s initial budget-balancing offer by ignoring it and offering their own opening proposal. The Democratic-Farmer-Laborite proposal would reduce Minnesota spending and raise revenues (but not by general tax increases) by $164 million, which legislative leaders say includes items the House, Senate and governor already have agreed to do.…
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Pawlenty: Keep Kids Home

Gov. Tim Pawlenty this morning came out in favor of a proposal limiting youths’ driving between midnight and 5 a.m. The House passed that provision Thursday in an overall transportation bill. It allows drivers with little experience to only drive to and from work and school during those hours. The bill also does not allow…
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