Local Aids See ‘biggest Crisis’

Minnesota’s local governments receive 30 percent of their revenue from the state, so when the state budget is sick, local governments sniffle. Now, with a massive state budget deficit, the affliction is much worse than a cold. Many say legislators must resort to major surgery to reduce local government funding flowing from the state. With…
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Reform Refrain To Be Heard

One theme seems to be emerging for the upcoming 2009 Minnesota legislative session – reform. With a massive state budget deficit, there is widespread agreement that state spending practices must change. "I think you are going to see multiple reforms talked about," said a top aide to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess. "This…
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Absentee Ballots Key

State Director of Elections Gary Poser, left, and Coleman attorney Tony Trimble. A major phase in the unresolved U.S. Senate race ended Tuesday when a state elections board concluded its work reviewing ballots challenged during the statewide recount. But that action gave way to new arguments over improperly rejected absentee ballots that could determine Minnesota’s…
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Franken Speaks — Sort Of

A reporter asked Al Franken’s campaign staff today when the press could hear from the Democratic candidate himself about the unresolved Senate race. Neither Franken nor Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has commented publicly on the race for weeks. Franken spokeswoman Jess McIntosh said the press would hear from Franken soon, but not until the state…
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Ballot Bump For Franken

State Director of Elections Gary Poser, left, and Coleman attorney Tony Trimble. Al Franken increased his slim lead over Sen. Norm Coleman by a few votes this morning as another phase of the U.S. Senate race ended. Franken netted four more votes, bringing his lead to 50 votes in unofficial results, as the state Canvassing…
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