Transportation Thursday

The Democrats’ transportation funding bill is cruising in the fast lane. It is moving through House and Senate committees quickly, without much Republican support, headed to what is expected to be "transportation Thursday" next week. If all goes as planned, and it does not always do that in the Legislature, the House and Senate both…
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New Fishing License Proposed

Two northern Minnesota lawmakers — and anglers — think they found a way to boost interest in fishing and conserve the state’s fish population at the same time. Democrats Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook and Dave Dill of Crane Lake want to create a Conservation Fishing License, which would cost two-thirds the price of a…
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Amendment Poem

Rep. Sandy Wollschlager, DFL-Cannon Falls, read a poem as House members today approved a constitutional amendment to raise the sales tax for outdoors and arts programs: "Roses are red, "Violets are blue "We’ve got bike trails rivers and canoes, too. "A great place to live, work and play "Stop by for a lifetime "Or a…
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Pawlenty Edits Speech

When Gov. Tim Pawlenty delivered his State of the State speech Wednesday, he suggested the state budget deficit should be tackled without raising taxes. But as he is known to do, Pawlenty didn’t keep to his prepared remarks. In fact, this time he skipped two gloomy paragraphs that were included in an advanced copy of…
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State Of The Speech: Flat?

Gov. Tim Pawlenty went to the St. Cloud Civic Center today to deliver his sixth State of the State speech. Constitutional and military officers, state Supreme Court justices, some lawmakers and others attended, but dozens of chairs were noticeably empty in the spacious room. Pawlenty had barely left before Democratic legislators described the speech as…
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