Another Day, Another Missed Legislative Deadline

Minnesota legislators missed their second deadline in two days Wednesday morning, May 24, leaving much of the state’s $46 billion, two-year budget undone. And House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, mentioned the possibility that the special legislative session that was to end at 7 a.m. Wednesday could extend for days. Frustrated and tired legislators began shouting…
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Updated: Minnesota Budget Talks Resume

Minnesota legislative leaders and the governor are back in negotiations to finish a $46 billion, two-year budget, but they are not telling the public about their decisions. Budget negotiations resumed Friday, May 19, but leaders were tight-lipped about their first closed-door meeting in two days. Late Friday morning, House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said they…
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Is Agriculture Battle Over?

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s aide who so angered farm-area legislators that they said the governor had declared war on agriculture now says he made mistakes. Deputy Chief of Staff Linden Zakula sent an email to the media Monday night, May 15, clarifying two mistakes he made in a May 9 memorandum when he was attacking…
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Girl Protection Bill OK’d; Budget Talks Resume

Protecting young Minnesota girls from what is known as female genital mutilation has gained strong state House support. “This is gender violence,” Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, said Monday before representatives voted 124-4 to get tough on the practice. It was an emotional debate. “I cried myself to sleep” Sunday night in anticipation of the debate,…
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Law Enforcement Officers Memorial