Rough Ride

The Minnesota House speaker did not sound optimistic today that the state budget deficit will shrink on its own. "It looks like we are headed to near the bottom of the roller coaster," Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, said. She has used that phrase lately, adding that she does like any rides other than, maybe a…
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The Missing Poll Question

Rep. Dean Urdahl says recent polls inquiring whether Minnesotans favor a gas tax hike for road and bridge projects should have included another question: How would you like to pay for transportation projects? With gas taxes, income taxes or property taxes?The Grove City Republican says there are road needs "and government at some level is…
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A Real Gas

State Rep. Dave Dill lightened the mood Thursday during a Minnesota House committee debate over a plan to toughen the state’s motor vehicle emissions standards.The Democrat from Crane Lake in far northern Minnesota joked that canoeists in the Boundary Waters might emit more greenhouse gases than do big trucks.But, he added, "I’m not sure which…
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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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