Minnesota GOP Says It Will Deliver More Elderly Care Provisions

Minnesota House Republicans say they are putting a priority on aiding the state’s elderly, but when they announced that Monday they said much of the package is yet to be written. A highlight of the GOP plan is eliminating state income taxes on Social Security, which would cost the state $237 million in 2016-2017 and…
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Political Chatter: Iron Range Help Needed From St. Paul And Washington

It seems as if everyone wants to help Minnesota’s Iron Range, but they cannot agree on when, how or who. More than a month ago, Gov. Mark Dayton suggested calling a special legislative session to approve extending unemployment benefits for nearly 600 steelworkers laid off as taconite mines close in northeastern Minnesota. Nothing happened other…
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Dayton Wanted Lottery Director’s Resignation

Had the Minnesota State Lottery director not quit Friday, Gov. Mark Dayton said that he would have asked him to leave. Ed Van Petten suddenly resigned a day after a Star Tribune reporter questioned him about what could be seen as lavish expenses he charged the state. Van Petten submitted his resignation to Dayton’s chief…
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Minnesota Miners, Blacks, Travelers Await Special Session Decision

About 600 Minnesota Iron Range workers will not know until after the holidays if their unemployment benefits will be extended. Black Minnesotans will not know when the state Legislature will begin working on their economic plight. People who want to fly or enter federal buildings will not know if their state identification cards, mostly driver’s…
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Regulation Could Price Small Towns Out Of Police Body Cameras

Legislation to regulate video taken with police body cameras may make them so costly that small communities will not be able to afford them. While federal funds can supplement local money to buy the cameras, some at a Minnesota legislative meeting Wednesday said that provisions in the bills requiring lengthy video storage and editing of…
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