Lawmakers Move On Budget, House Shows Bonding Bill

Minnesota legislative negotiators powered through much of their proposed $46 billion, two-year budget Monday, May 1, afternoon and night as they aimed for negotiations with Gov. Mark Dayton they hoped would result in a framework of a final budget deal later this week. It was a busy day in the Capitol, with House Republicans releasing…
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Chatter: Peterson Wants To Stay In Congress; Nolan Still Thinking

Collin Peterson is running for U.S. House again, but Rick Nolan is waiting to decide whether to make a re-election or governor bid. And Tim Walz is giving up his House seat to run for governor. Peterson’s decision to run again is a bright sign for Minnesota Democrats because the southern Minnesota district Walz represents…
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Real State Budget Talks Start With ‘Minnesota Two-Step’

State lawmakers begin the “Minnesota two-step” this morning. That is how Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, on Thursday described the planned release of spending compromises key legislators have reached as they begin the real work of crafting a two-year state budget expected to hit $46 billion. The Friday announcement, the first step of the…
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Farmers Make Buffer Changes A Top Issue

A new requirement for farmers to provide plant buffers around water has bubbled up to be a top rural issue in the Minnesota Capitol, and not necessarily politically partisan. Farmers need more information before the buffer law begins Nov. 1, a Democratic-leaning farm group reports farmers said during a series of 14 meetings around the…
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Chief Justice Worries About Legislative Budget Plans

The Minnesota court system’s leader says she fears state residents will feel an impact if legislative budget proposes become law. Chief Justice Lorie Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court said she does not want to return to the days when criminals were set free because courts could not wade through cases quickly enough. “Justice delayed…
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