Deep Into Session, Legislators Look For Starting Line

The Minnesota Legislature passed all of its spending legislation in the last couple of weeks, the earliest in memory, but lawmakers just reached the starting line in writing a two-year budget. As lawmakers start a Passover-Easter break this weekend, they leave behind a few bills they have passed and became law since they arrived Jan.…
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Transfer Student Rules Need Work, Audit Shows

Rules governing high school students who transfer so they can play on better sports teams need to be tightened, a state audit recommends. The Office of Legislative Auditor said the Minnesota State High School League and Legislature should make law, rules and procedure changes so student transfers can be handled fairly. “We think the league…
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Private School Credits Will Not Count At Public Schools

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Public high school students in Minnesota will not likely be allowed to earn credits at private schools as one piece of legislation proposed. Neither the state House nor Senate included in larger education bills a proposal to allow credits earned at private schools, including religious schools, to count towards…
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Minnesota State Auditor Goes After 2 Private County Audits

The Minnesota state auditor says Roseau and Hubbard county financial audits conducted by private accountants need to be done again, but a report containing the recommendation has received plenty of pushback. “We are watching out for the taxpayers,” Auditor Rebecca Otto said in a Tuesday, April 4, interview. The report she issued has page after…
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Chatter: Governor Candidates Look At Rural Minnesota

Minnesota’s 2018 governor race so far focuses on rural Minnesota, where Republicans did so well in last November’s election. A former Republican legislator, who remains involved in politics, said that Democrats could benefit from U.S. Rep. Tim Walz entering the race. The Mankato congressman is his party’s best chance to win a significant number of…
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