Dayton Issues Vetoes, Signs Other Bills

A pension bill and parts of an outdoor-program funding bill received governor vetoes Tuesday. The pension bill would have cut payments to retired government workers, which Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said he found unacceptable. He said that government employers and current employees should be responsible for paying into the pension fund, something he said that…
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Light Rail Project A Heavyweight State Issue

The proposed $1.8 billion light rail project would be just 14.5 miles long, but a controversy surrounding it derailed what some say could have been more than 3,000 lane-miles of road work throughout Minnesota. Also left on the siding were hundreds of millions of public works funding for projects ranging from $27 million for a…
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The Night The Funding Died

Legislative leaders cannot even agree on what they agreed to, so it is no surprise they can’t agree on what happened. The argument continues, and likely will for a long time, about what happened in the final minutes of Sunday, May 22, as Minnesota lawmakers faced a midnight deadline to pass bills this year. Whatever…
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Political Chatter: Legislative Deals Made Away From Public’s Eye

Minnesota’s legislative leaders often say that House-Senate conference committees should work out major legislation in public. That way, the logic goes, not only can the public watch the public’s business, but more eyes on bills would mean fewer mistakes. But pretty much every year, those public negotiations never happen. A couple of this year’s biggest…
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Mixed Legislative Results: Losers Complain

Perhaps library lobbyist Elaine Keefe put it best: “The 2016 legislative session has ended with very mixed results.” After every Minnesota legislative session, there are winners and losers. But in the session that ended with the final bill passing just before midnight Sunday, there appears to be a bigger split than usual. And many an…
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