Unemployment Fund Bill Due For Senate Vote

A bill to reform the unemployment insurance trust fund is due to be in front of the full Minnesota Senate Thursday, and the Senate leader said he hopes the House quickly will pass that bill and one giving Iron Range workers more unemployment payments. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said he wants the House…
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Racial Tensions Stop Prison Committee Discussion

Black-white and urban-rural tensions filled a Minnesota House committee room Tuesday, with black protesters telling the mostly white Legislature that it should spend more money on social programs and less on prisons. Protesters frequently interrupted as western Minnesotans testified in favor of reopening a private prison in Appleton. The interruptions forced the committee chairman to…
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Temporary Living Option Considered For Disabled Family Members

By Nick Longworth, House Session Daily Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation to allow small houses for disabled family members to be temporarily placed next to existing homes. Rep. Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville, wants allow a temporary dwelling for a family member near a property owner’s primary home. Its use would be recommended after a doctor’s written…
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Unemployment Aid Easily Passes, But With ‘poison Pill’

Minnesota state representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill extending unemployment benefits to laid-off Iron Range workers Thursday night but, as one lawmaker said, it contains a “poison pill” that will stop the legislation in the Senate. The vote was 104-25, with only Democrats voting against it. Democrats have loudly opposed how Republicans who control the House…
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Legislative Roundup: Wine Tax Break Sought

Owners of wineries on Minnesota farms are asking lawmakers give them a tax break like other alcohol makers receive. Legislation by Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, would provide excise tax credits for wine and cider makers that produce up to 75,000 gallons a year. No farm winery reaches that level. Wine makers told a Senate committee…
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