Where New Sales Tax Money Goes

Money appropriated, along with examples of how it will be spent, for the next two years from a higher sales tax voters approved last November: Outdoors heritage, $159 million ($71 million not spent) Preserve northern Minnesota forest by buying rights to prevent development, $36 million Protect and restore wetlands, $21 million Protect grassland and prairie…
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Some New Laws Begin Wednesday

New Minnesota laws as of Wednesday include: — Unemployment benefits extended: Some jobless Minnesotans will get higher unemployment benefits for the next year. — Young restrained: Children up to 8 years old or 4-foot-9 must use child restrain systems while riding in motor vehicles. — Electronic waste change: Incentives are expanded to makers of electronics…
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Fed Energy Money Arrives

The Minnesota Commerce Department has nearly $22 million of federal money to spend on energy efficiency improvements for homes, businesses and government buildings. It is one installment of a $54.1 million promise from the federal government. “We are excited to be among the first states to have their plans approved and we hope to get…
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‘Byrnn Bill’ To Become Law

Children young than 8 and shorter than 4-foot-9 must ride in a child safety or booster seat under a law effective Wednesday, a law many in the Capitol connect to a Moorhead girl hurt in a 2008 accident. The Department of Public Safety reports that just 30 percent of children in Minnesota use booster seats.…
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Cities Do Not Plan Unallotment Suit

Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces on the first day of Minnesota’s new budget cycle just what he will cut from the budget. There should be no surprises, only little changes from what he said he could trim a couple of weeks ago. But that official announcement on Wednesday opens the door for lawsuits from groups the…
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