There is no shortage of opinions among Minnesota lawmakers about transportation funding, especially after Democrats offered their new road and bridge spending plan this morning. Now a former president is weighing in, too. Well, sort of. The Sierra Club says a slew of Abraham Lincoln impersonators will appear at the Capitol today  the first…
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‘Happy New Year’

The first day of a legislative session is a lot like the first day of school, but with older people. There are a lot of "happy new year" greetings and chatting about what has happened in the past few months. The Minnesota Legislature begins at noon today and legislators are gathering for a general session…
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Busy Day

It seems like the middle of the legislative session today. Legislators don’t convene until noon Tuesday, but today has been packed with events. Legislative leaders gave their spin on the upcoming session, a couple of groups talked health care, one discussed transportation and yet another organization talked about why it is suing the Legislature over…
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Different Strokes

Minnesota Democratic legislative leaders want to pass three bills before even thinking about how to tackle the state’s deficit. In contrast, a top House Republican said the deficit needs to be addressed before lawmakers deal with anything else in a legislative session beginning at noon Tuesday. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Senate Majority Leader…
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Audit: JOBZ Has Flaws

A new report gives Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s premier rural economic development initiative a mixed review. Legislative Auditor James Nobles found that the JOBZ program has drawn some out-of-state businesses to Greater Minnesota, but it is not targeting the most economically stressed areas and has troubled administrative procedures. "We found that JOBZ has been used appropriately…
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