Senate Votes To Limit Local Power On Minimum Wage, Related Issues

Minnesota communities could not regulate wages, benefits or employee scheduling under legislation that appears headed to Gov. Mark Dayton. Bill sponsor Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, said that it would not hamper local control, as critics say. “I am all for local control and I don’t think you can get any more local than relationships between…
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Deep Into Session, Legislators Look For Starting Line

The Minnesota Legislature passed all of its spending legislation in the last couple of weeks, the earliest in memory, but lawmakers just reached the starting line in writing a two-year budget. As lawmakers start a Passover-Easter break this weekend, they leave behind a few bills they have passed and became law since they arrived Jan.…
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Chatter: A Legislative Budget Primer

The Minnesota Legislature is moving at warp speed, at least for a while. This is the time of the legislative session in which House and Senate finance committees pump out bill after bill to finance state government to the tune of more than $45 billion for the next two years. Even experienced lobbyists have trouble…
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Agriculture Funding Bills Prioritize New Minnesota Crops

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Adding new commodities to Minnesota’s farming industry accounts for a portion of state agriculture funding proposed by the House, Senate and Gov. Mark Dayton. Industrial hemp is among the new crops eyed for growth. All three proposals include funding that could be used to grow and process industrial hemp,…
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$1.35 Billion In Tax Cuts Suggested As Minnesota Budget Debate Nears

Minnesota lawmakers plan to figure out their state budget plans in the next two weeks. With that deadline in mind, House Republicans announced Monday, March 20, they want to cut taxes $1.35 billion in the next two years. Later in the day, Senate Republicans said they want to spend $3.6 billion for transportation over 10…
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