Rural Lawmakers: MnDOT Funding Goes To Metro

Rural Republican state lawmakers say Minnesota Department of Transportation officials only funded Twin Cities-area projects from the Corridors of Commerce program. Two of the four projects to get funding are in the Twin Cities and two are on its edge. None of the projects announced Tuesday, May 1, is in what the rural Legislators consider…
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News Stories Lead Dayton To Seek School Money

Gov. Mark Dayton said he read a couple of news stories over the weekend about unexpected financial shortfalls schools face, and on Tuesday, May 1, produced a request for $138 million in “emergency” funding. He said that 59 districts face immediate budget deficits, and he wants to split the “emergency” money among all districts across…
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House Passes Its Tax Plan, Senate Next

Taxes have taken over as the 2018 Minnesota Legislative session’s No. 1 issue, thanks federal tax law changes that will affect most Americans. The House tax plan passed 90-38 Monday, April 30, and Senate Republicans announce their proposal Tuesday morning, making it the third plan as Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced his wishes weeks ago.…
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Ex-Bush Aide, TV Commentator Painter In Senate Race

A Minnesotan who national television cable news viewers know as a strong President Donald Trump critic is running as a Democrat for U.S. Senate. Richard Painter announced Monday, April 30, that he will run in the Aug. 14 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary election against Sen. Tina Smith. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Smith when Al Franken resigned;…
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Chatter: Opioids Still Topic Of Legislative Conversation

How to deal with opioid abuse is one of those issues that everyone agrees needs legislation, but they cannot agree on details. Many Democrats and at least some Republicans say drug companies that make and sell the powerful painkillers should pay for opioid abuse prevention and treatment. That does not fly well with many Republicans,…
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