Metzen Heads To Taiwan

Minnesota Senate President Jim Metzen is part of a week-long trip leaving Friday for Taiwan. The South St. Paul Democrat and his wife were invited by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, along with other Midwestern legislators. “This is an exciting opportunity to explore the way Taiwan’s democracy operates and to explore trade opportunities between…
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Taxpayers League Blasts Taxes

Minnesota’s biggest anti-tax group bought billboard space to promote their cause to people headed to Minnesota’s biggest get-together. The Taxpayers League of Minnesota bought billboards on streets leading to the state fairgrounds. "Our first billboards highlight Minnesota Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson-Kelliher and her efforts to raise taxes by $1.5 billion dollars,” league President…
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State Wonders About Health Costs

Jean Marie Abraham Federal policymakers are debating health-care reform proposals costing $1 trillion, and state leaders are bracing for a fiscal fallout. Most state governments, including Minnesota, faced huge deficits as they wrote new budgets this year. If major new federal health-care programs are implemented, it appears the states will be responsible for paying for…
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House Trims Committee Budgets

Minnesota House committees will have less money to spend in the next year. The House Rules Committee today opted to set a budget of $18,000 for most committees, $2,000 short of the past year.

Ritchie Picked For Fellowship

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is one of 40 state leaders who will attend a week-long fellowship program next month. As part of the Toll Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Council of State Governments, Ritchie is study trends analysis, policy development, media and constituent relations and leadership and institutional changes. The fellowship is to…
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