Senate Joins Dayton In Backing Range Unemployment Special Session

Minnesota Senate Democrats and the governor want a special legislative session to extend unemployment benefits for nearly 600 people laid off from an Iron Range mine. The Minnesota House, controlled by Republicans, has been silent on the issue. Dayton asked legislative leaders last week to agree to a special session. The workers will run out…
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Republicans Increase Demand To Pause Refugee Flow

Republicans from the U.S. House speaker to Upper Midwest state lawmakers want the United States to delay admitting Syrian refugees until the country’s terrorist screening program can be reviewed. While it is unclear whether more-than-two-dozen governors who want to pause the refugee flow have any power to do so, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.,…
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Political Chatter: Again, Property Taxes Head Up

Minnesota’s Revenue Department tells property owners something they already assumed: Property taxes will rise next year. The department received data from local governments indicating that overall city taxes will jump 5.2 percent, counties will be up 3.7 percent and townships plan a 2.4 percent increase. School tax levies next year are expected to be up…
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Environmentalists Want Anti-PolyMet Minnesotans To Stay Involved

Environmentalists say the Dayton administration has failed to adequately vet a proposed Iron Range copper-nickel mine and they want thousands of Minnesotans to let state officials know how they feel. Leaders of a variety of environmental groups told reporters Friday that they fear Minnesotans will think the fight against the PolyMet mine is over after…
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Senate GOP: Heck No, We Won’t Go

Minnesota Senate Republicans refuse to move into a nearly complete $90 million building they say is a waste of money. Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, said that his members see no reason a move is needed now. In a year, voters will go to the polls to pick all 67 senators, and there…
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