Transportation Funding Comes Down To New Taxes Vs. No New Taxes

The announcement of Minnesota Republican legislators’ transportation plan Monday sets up the debate about how to fund road, bridge and transit programs: increase taxes or use existing revenue. Republicans and Democrats agree that some transportation money should be borrowed, but differ beyond that. Republicans would use budget surplus funds and money that Democrats would spend…
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GOP Presents $7 Billion, 10-year Transportation Plan With No New Taxes

Legislative Republicans say they can fund all 607 Minnesota road and bridge projects Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton proposes, but without tax increases. Republicans this morning announced a $7 billion, 10-year plan that relies on money that Dayton would spend on other programs, as well as borrowing money. Dayton calls for $6 billion in more taxes…
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Families Would Gain Religious Right To Prevent Autopsies Under Legislation

Two American Indian families’ efforts to prevent loved ones’ bodies from undergoing autopsies earlier this year resulted in Minnesota legislation to require religious objections to be considered. The bill by Sen. Tony Lourey, D-Kerrick, specifically allows families to make religious objections to autopsies, although judges still could order them to be performed in the least…
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Political Chatter: North Dakota Gun Law Leads To Minnesota Committee Shootout

Minnesota legislators often discuss North Dakota, usually in relation to its oil wealth and usually the talk is accompanied by envy. But the Minnesota House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee underwent a lengthy and spirited debate about a topic with even more firepower than money: whether North Dakota residents’ gun permits should be honored…
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Minnesotans In Oil Train ‘danger Zones’ Urged To Prepare

The 326,170 Minnesotans who live near railroad tracks carrying North Dakota crude oil should be prepared for a train accident, a state emergency management official says. “If you live by the train, people need to take some personal awareness of what’s around them,” Kevin Reed of the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management department said.…
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