Northwest Big News

First, Sen. Jim Metzen of South St. Paul said he planned to call Northwest Airline officials in for a legislative hearing about merger talks with Delta Air Lines. Then, House leaders said they were looking into the situation, but not were ready to call hearings. Finally, Gov. Tim Pawlenty  not to be outdone by…
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First, Sen. Jim Metzen of South St. Paul said he planned to call Northwest Airline officials in for a legislative hearing about merger talks with Delta Air Lines. Then, House leaders said they were looking into the situation, but not yet ready to call hearings. Finally, Gov. Tim Pawlenty  not to be outdone by…
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Rough Ride

The Minnesota House speaker did not sound optimistic today that the state budget deficit will shrink on its own. "It looks like we are headed to near the bottom of the roller coaster," Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, said. She has used that phrase lately, adding that she does like any rides other than, maybe a…
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The Missing Poll Question

Rep. Dean Urdahl says recent polls inquiring whether Minnesotans favor a gas tax hike for road and bridge projects should have included another question: How would you like to pay for transportation projects? With gas taxes, income taxes or property taxes?The Grove City Republican says there are road needs "and government at some level is…
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A Real Gas

State Rep. Dave Dill lightened the mood Thursday during a Minnesota House committee debate over a plan to toughen the state’s motor vehicle emissions standards.The Democrat from Crane Lake in far northern Minnesota joked that canoeists in the Boundary Waters might emit more greenhouse gases than do big trucks.But, he added, "I’m not sure which…
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