Funding Fight For Cancer Study

In a partisan atmosphere, even the source of funding for widely supported cancer research can be controversial. Witness the ongoing debate over how to pay for a University of Minnesota-led study of mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer cited in the deaths of 58 northeastern Minnesota mine workers. Democratic lawmakers from the Iron Range want to…
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Pelosi To Visit Twin Cities

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans a Minnesota stop on April 21. Rep. Tim Walz, a Democrat who serves southern Minnesota, announced today that the speaker will meet with veterans from his district and to discuss veterans legislation. Walz, a first-term congressman facing a Republican challenge, said Pelosi will be in the Twin Cities.

Long Day On The Floor

Sometimes even lawmakers tire of their colleagues’ speeches. In the fourth hour of a House session today, Republican Rep. Mark Buesgens of Jordan was in the middle of a lengthy speech criticizing a Democrat-led bill dealing with grants to nonprofit agencies. It prompted DFL Rep. Tom Rukavina of Virginia to interrupt and jokingly ask whether…
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No Gas Tax Action

The Legislature this year will not revoke gasoline tax payments to snowmobile, boats all-terrain vehicle and other off-road vehicle uses, Rep. Mike Jaros, DFL-Duluth, said. Jaros said he hopes lawmakers hold hearings on the issue before next years legislative session. He said he does not think the state gasoline tax should be used to support…
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A Gas Tax Primer

The state gasoline tax increases today, from 20 cents a gallon to 22 cents per gallon. And that’s not an April Fools’ Day joke. The increase is the result of a transportation funding package the Legislature put into law earlier this session by overriding Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto. The law includes a nickel-per-gallon gas tax…
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