Legislative Notebook: Higher Ed OK’d

By Danielle Killey Minnesota representatives approved increasing by $150 million spending on state colleges and universities. “Higher education, perhaps more than any other area, has been neglected for a long time,” said Rep. Jay McNamar, DFL-Elbow Lake. “This increase will help make college more affordable for Minnesota students. We still have work to do, but…
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Update: Education Debate About More Spending, Better Economy

A debate about education funding goes beyond helping individual students: There is widespread agreement that a better education system would help the economy.

Legislative Notebook: Transportation Debate Centers On Bike Lane Parking

By Don Davis and Danielle Killey Minnesota Senators approved a bill 48-19 Tuesday that sets state transportation policies over some rural lawmakers’ concerns about a provision banning parking in bicycle lanes. “Bike lanes are not standard throughout the state,” Sen. Eric Pratt, R-Prior Lake, said. He said many of the lanes outside the Twin Cities…
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Update: Tax Routes Outlined

Minnesota lawmakers now have three distinct tax proposals to consider with release of a Senate Democratic plan that includes an income tax hike, sales tax changes and property tax relief.

Senate Democrats Eye Higher Taxes On $140,000 And More Income

Married Minnesota couples who make about $140,000 or more taxable income would pay higher income taxes under a tax plan offered by senators today.