$1.35 Billion In Tax Cuts Suggested As Minnesota Budget Debate Nears

Minnesota lawmakers plan to figure out their state budget plans in the next two weeks. With that deadline in mind, House Republicans announced Monday, March 20, they want to cut taxes $1.35 billion in the next two years. Later in the day, Senate Republicans said they want to spend $3.6 billion for transportation over 10…
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Minnesota Tax Bills Seek Reductions For Veterans’ Spouses

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Widows and widowers of disabled military veterans in Minnesota could be eligible for a permanent property tax exemption after their spouses die under a bill working its way through the state Legislature. Current Minnesota law allows an eight-year limit for surviving spouses to benefit from an exemption of either…
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Friendly Committee Gets Prescription Drug Bill

Minnesota representatives have moved legislation that would require insurance companies to usually fund medicine a doctor prescribes. A bill by Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, would limit the power of benefit managers, who control costs for insurance companies, to deny prescriptions during an insurance policy’s term. On an overwhelming voice vote, the House moved the…
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Dayton Wants More For Pre-K; GOP Talks Education Hike, Human Services Cuts

By David Montgomery, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday proposed putting more money into preschool education and the state’s reserves, at the same time that legislative Republicans are offering a budget with significant new tax cuts and spending cuts in some major areas of state government.…
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Lawmaker Tells Chairman Not To ‘Cower Behind Gavel’ Over Prescription Medicine Issue

It is personal for Rod Hamilton. The Minnesota state representative, a multiple sclerosis patient for 20 years, cannot get a committee chairman to consider a bill he says will help people like him who depend on prescription medicine. “Let’s have these debates,” Hamilton said Tuesday, March 14. “Don’t hide from it; don’t cower behind a…
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