Workforce Programs Funded

Senators favored job-training programs over state bureaucracies when they passed a budget package funding workforce and economic development programs. Bill author Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, said Tuesday that his economic development package targets state agencies for a 7 percent cut in the next two-year budget period, but some workforce programs may receive smaller reductions or…
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Not Happy With Sin (taxes)

Much of the talk the last couple of days has been about the "sin tax" increases the House DFL plan seeks. Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, doesn’t see a problem with alcohol, or why drinking it should be called a sin: "Everybody’s drinking wine all over the Bible"  

‘Pirate’ Amendment Planned

A legal case stemming from the recent international hostage incident involving pirates’ takeover of a U.S. ship is the basis for proposed legislation in the Minnesota House. Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, said Tuesday he will ask representatives this week to support an amendment denying non-profit status and taxpayer-funded grants to groups that aid pirates. Seifert…
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Senate Relies On Income Tax Increases

JoAnn Zoff and Sen. Tom Bakk Most Minnesotans’ income taxes would rise under Senate Democrats’ solution to the state budget deficit. Combined with budget cuts and the use of federal economic stimulus money, the $2.2 billion tax increase would help fill what otherwise would be a $6.4 billion deficit in the two-year budget beginning July…
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Shaken-baby Training OK’d

Lawmakers gave final approval to a bill expanding a requirement that child-care workers be trained in the risks of shaken baby syndrome and sudden infant death syndrome. The bill requires training for workers serving children from infancy to age 5. Current law applies to those who work with infants. Senators voted 64-0 for the proposal,…
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