Minnesotans In Cuba: Obstacles Hinder Trade

A Minnesota trade delegation in Cuba says the country is hungry for American farm products, but obstacles must be overcome first. “Some things need to happen,” Jim Zenk of the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotional Council said from a sunny and humid Havana during a Thursday, June 22, conference call with reporters. President Harold…
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Dayton Signs Budget, But No Legislature Money

Minnesota state government has a budget, other than for the Legislature. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the Legislature’s budget Tuesday, May 30, because of what he called “a reprehensible sneak attack, which shatters whatever trust we achieved during the session.” The action was a line tucked into one of the budget bills Dayton signed Tuesday that…
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Lawmakers Plan To Wrap Up Special Session After Protest

An overtime Minnesota legislative session provided an opening to protest the state budget as legislative leaders worked out plans to finish today. Hundreds gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday, May 24, delivering chants like “veto everything” because they do not like spending bills mostly written by Republicans. In many cases, the complaints were that the…
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$1 Billion Bonding Bill Ready

Minnesota likely will borrow nearly $1 billion to fix state buildings, build water treatment facilities, make railroad crossings safer and provide money for local roads and bridges. The public works funding bill, with money borrowed by the state selling bonds, failed in the final minutes of last year’s legislative session, but Democrats and Republicans say…
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Another Day, Another Missed Legislative Deadline

Minnesota legislators missed their second deadline in two days Wednesday morning, May 24, leaving much of the state’s $46 billion, two-year budget undone. And House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, mentioned the possibility that the special legislative session that was to end at 7 a.m. Wednesday could extend for days. Frustrated and tired legislators began shouting…
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