No Agreement On Rail ‘blast Zone’ Funding In Minnesota House

A new phrase is entering Minnesotans’ vocabulary. “Are you in the blast zone?” state Rep. Diane Loeffler, D-Minneapolis, told the Minnesota House Tuesday night that her neighbors are asking one another. Loeffler said during a lengthy transportation funding debate that besides oil trains, a main topic of the night, “there are all kinds of other…
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Dayton Takes Jabs At GOP

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton continues to expand his complaints with Republicans who control the House. He said Tuesday the GOP health and human services bill that the full House will debate in the next few days is “based on financial fiction.” Like with an education plan that that also awaits House action, the Democratic governor…
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Minnesota Senate Passes Avian Flu Funding, But With A Hitch

The Minnesota Senate joined the House on Tuesday in passing avian flu funding legislation, but an unrelated provision in the bill could stall its final passage. Senators unanimously voted to provide $514,000 to the state Agriculture Department and $379,000 to the Board of Animal Health for state expenses in dealing with the outbreak. The House…
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Minnesota GOP Rolls Out $2 Billion Tax-cut Plan

Minnesotans deserve a $2 billion tax break, House Republicans say, while admitting they will not get their way. A plan the GOP laid out Monday features a provision to give Minnesotans $539 million income tax cuts with another $453 million for beginning to phase out the statewide business and cabin property tax. The bill is…
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More Money, But No Full Tuition Freeze In Minnesota Legislation

Minnesota Senate-passed legislation would increase state-run college and university spending slightly more than the House wants, but neither bill contains the money college officials seek to freeze all tuition. “It is my strongest intention that they do keep tuition low,” said Sen. Terri Bonoff, the Senate higher education chairwoman. Her bill, which passed 42-21 Monday…
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