House Passes Its Tax Plan, Senate Next

Taxes have taken over as the 2018 Minnesota Legislative session’s No. 1 issue, thanks federal tax law changes that will affect most Americans. The House tax plan passed 90-38 Monday, April 30, and Senate Republicans announce their proposal Tuesday morning, making it the third plan as Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced his wishes weeks ago.…
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Ex-Bush Aide, TV Commentator Painter In Senate Race

A Minnesotan who national television cable news viewers know as a strong President Donald Trump critic is running as a Democrat for U.S. Senate. Richard Painter announced Monday, April 30, that he will run in the Aug. 14 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary election against Sen. Tina Smith. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Smith when Al Franken resigned;…
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Chatter: Opioids Still Topic Of Legislative Conversation

How to deal with opioid abuse is one of those issues that everyone agrees needs legislation, but they cannot agree on details. Many Democrats and at least some Republicans say drug companies that make and sell the powerful painkillers should pay for opioid abuse prevention and treatment. That does not fly well with many Republicans,…
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Minnesota Website Opens The State Checkbook

Minnesotans can check their state government’s spending habits online, and a new study says it is one of the best websites in the country. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund recently released a report card for state websites that allow residents to track government spending. It shows Minnesota tied for third place with…
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After Misconduct Allegations, Hamilton Loses Chairmanship

A state representative, who often fights for agriculture and people with disabilities, stands accused of inappropriate behavior. Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, was stripped of his committee chairmanship shortly after the incident became public on Thursday, April 26. St. Paul police are investigating, but a prosecutor said that so far there is not enough evidence…
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