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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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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Updated: Minnesota Budget Talks Resume

Minnesota legislative leaders and the governor are back in negotiations to finish a $46 billion, two-year budget, but they are not telling the public about their decisions. Budget negotiations resumed Friday, May 19, but leaders were tight-lipped about their first closed-door meeting in two days. Late Friday morning, House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said they…
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Girl Protection Bill OK’d; Budget Talks Resume

Protecting young Minnesota girls from what is known as female genital mutilation has gained strong state House support. “This is gender violence,” Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, said Monday before representatives voted 124-4 to get tough on the practice. It was an emotional debate. “I cried myself to sleep” Sunday night in anticipation of the debate,…
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‘Show Them The Way Where There Does Not Seem To Be A Way’

Storms are in the forecast. While that is the St. Paul weather outlook, it also could be expected under the Capitol dome starting Monday, May 15, when state budget negotiations could resume. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the Legislature have deep divisions as they begin their final full week of the 2017…
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