Minnesota Legislature Close To Outlawing Fake Service Animals

People who misrepresent dogs or other animals as trained service animals soon may violate state law. Minnesota senators Thursday, April 19, unanimously approved legislation making such misrepresentation a crime. Some well-publicized instances of people wrongly claiming animals like parrots and kangaroos were service animals brought public attention to the issue. Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids,…
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Proposed Dayton Budget, Tax Changes ‘complicated’

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton suggests some tax cuts and some increases, lots more spending for some programs, a little more for others, no more for much of state government. Republicans disagree with much of what he proposes. However, they agreed with one thing the Democratic governor said: “I will warn you in advance, this is…
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Chatter: Tuesday Report To Spell Out State Finances

Tuesday is a big day, at least under the Minnesota Capitol dome. It actually will be big stuff for all Minnesotans, but they barely will notice. On Tuesday comes the first of two “budget forecasts” in the next few months. It may be a ho-hum moment for many, but the two announcements are key to…
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Dayton Signs Budget, But No Legislature Money

Minnesota state government has a budget, other than for the Legislature. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the Legislature’s budget Tuesday, May 30, because of what he called “a reprehensible sneak attack, which shatters whatever trust we achieved during the session.” The action was a line tucked into one of the budget bills Dayton signed Tuesday that…
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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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