Republicans Want To Delay, Change Buffers Around Minnesota Waters; Dayton Says No Way

Environmental legislation going through the Minnesota Legislature could face trouble if it reaches Gov. Mark Dayton. The Democratic governor has said he strongly opposes a change in his signature environmental policy, requiring vegetative buffers around the state’s waters. Bills by the Republican House and Senate would change and delay the 2-year-old law, along with making…
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State Union Rallies In Capitol

Hundreds of state union members rallied in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday, urging funding for projects ranging from roads to better retirement security. They also spoke out against a Republican proposal to send state inmates to a private prison in Appleton.

Higher Education Bills Call For Minnesota State Tuition Freezes

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Another tuition freeze could be on the horizon for students at Minnesota State colleges and universities. Finance bills from the state House and Senate call for a halt to rising tuition costs within the Minnesota State system. Sen. Michelle Fischbach, Senate higher education chairwoman, penned a bill that would…
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Chatter: A Legislative Budget Primer

The Minnesota Legislature is moving at warp speed, at least for a while. This is the time of the legislative session in which House and Senate finance committees pump out bill after bill to finance state government to the tune of more than $45 billion for the next two years. Even experienced lobbyists have trouble…
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Agriculture Funding Bills Prioritize New Minnesota Crops

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Adding new commodities to Minnesota’s farming industry accounts for a portion of state agriculture funding proposed by the House, Senate and Gov. Mark Dayton. Industrial hemp is among the new crops eyed for growth. All three proposals include funding that could be used to grow and process industrial hemp,…
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