Hot-button Issues Surface

Abortion. Transportation. Exploding trains and pipelines. Thursday brought a potpourri of hot-button issues to Minnesota legislative debate. Lawmakers often avoided dry money talk in spending hours debating tweaks to the current two-year, $42 billion budget. Instead, they fell back on tried and true controversies and attention-grabbing issues as they prepare for the final three weeks…
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GOP Pushes ‘smarter Government’ Spending Plan

Republicans want to finish a southwest Minnesota water project, kill the state film board, fund a tractor safety program, get rid of two business economic development programs and help Mille Lacs Lake-area businesses suffering from walleye fishing restrictions. All of that is part of what the GOP says would come without raising overall state spending.…
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Minnesota Lawmakers Ready To Get Down To Budget Specifics

Minnesota legislators are ready to put specific numbers to their budget plans, which so far mostly have been generic rhetoric. Senate Democrats Wednesday released their budget-change proposals, adding about $800 million to the state budget, a figure aligning much closer to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan than one issued last week by Republicans who control…
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GOP Seeks Hold-the-line Spending

Minnesota House Republicans want to keep the state’s $42 billion, two-year budget — passed last year — pretty much as is, with any new spending coming out of existing programs. Unlike Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton‚Äôs proposal, the GOP plan released Thursday offers no new money for education. The proposal calls for $35 million to help…
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Broadband, Racial Equity Top Dayton Wish List

Giving all Minnesotans equal access to high-speed Internet and promoting racial economic equality are Gov. Mark Dayton’s top requests in seeking a $700 million budget boost. Each would cost $100 million. He also announced Tuesday that he wants to supplement a $42 billion, two-year budget he and lawmakers enacted a year ago with $77 million…
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