Opposition Continues After Obama Water Rule Resolution Veto

Opponents of the Obama administration’s efforts to regulate small bodies of water and streams pledge to continue fighting. President Barack Obama vetoed a congressional resolution that would have prevented enforcement of the Waters of the U.S. provision. “We must protect the waters that are vital for the health of our communities and the success of…
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DFL, GOP Agree On Rural Goals, But Not The Means

Democratic and Republican legislators agree on many goals for rural Minnesota, but often differ on how to reach them. House Democrats unveiled their rural legislative plan Tuesday, mostly the same as they pushed a year ago, calling for better rural schools, improved roads and more jobs. “It’s time to level the playing field for greater…
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Bonding ‘like Pushing Boulder Uphill’

For those who took a long weekend and missed Friday’s announcement: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton knows his $1.4 billion public works project plan cannot happen as proposed. “It’s like pushing a boulder uphill,” he said Friday in announcing his proposal, one of the largest such requests in history and a big target for Republicans who…
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Political Chatter: Does The Legislature Really Need To Do Anything?

It’s a refrain often heard in the Minnesota Capitol complex: “There’s nothing we have to do this year.” The two-year state budget passed last year, so anything that happens in the legislative session starting March 8 is purely optional. There certainly are issues that many people want debated, but nothing is mandatory. Take, for instance,…
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Dayton Aims Money At Small, Rural Communities With Water Woes

Minnesota cities, especially small rural ones, ask the state for money almost every year to improve their sewage treatment systems. Same for their water treatment plants. With a new law requiring farmers to separate cropland from water with vegetation, they also seek financial help. Those and other water-quality issues equal a big problem for Minnesota,…
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