Dayton Issues Vetoes, Signs Other Bills

A pension bill and parts of an outdoor-program funding bill received governor vetoes Tuesday. The pension bill would have cut payments to retired government workers, which Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said he found unacceptable. He said that government employers and current employees should be responsible for paying into the pension fund, something he said that…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells reporters Monday, May 23, 2016, that he will consider calling legislators back in to a special sessioin. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Mixed Legislative Results: Losers Complain

Perhaps library lobbyist Elaine Keefe put it best: “The 2016 legislative session has ended with very mixed results.” After every Minnesota legislative session, there are winners and losers. But in the session that ended with the final bill passing just before midnight Sunday, there appears to be a bigger split than usual. And many an…
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Messy Ending? Check. Special Session? We’ll See

The Minnesota Legislature has built a reputation for chaotic endings, followed by a special session to pass what lawmakers left undone in their allotted time. Sunday’s midnight deadline continued legislators’ chaos tradition, but the question is whether Gov. Mark Dayton will call a special session to get $1 billion for transportation and other public works…
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Minnesota state Rep. Dale Lueck of Aitkin listens to House debate Sunday, May 22, 2016, the final day the Legislature could pass bills. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Transportation, Bonding Fail At End Of Minnesota Legislature

Minnesota legislators came to St. Paul with hopes to pass a good many bills, but they failed to approve two major issues, transportation and public works funding, by a midnight Sunday deadline. The House hurriedly passed the combined measure in the final minutes, but the Senate put on an amendment and there was not enough…
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Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa tells fellow lawmakers Sunday, May 22, 2016, that a property tax provisions there were about to approve would help farmers and small businesses. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Tax-cut Bill First To Pass As Minnesota Lawmakers Face Midnight Deadline

The Minnesota House passed legislation cutting taxes Sunday afternoon, the first of four major bills on the final day lawmakers can take action, Also, negotiators approved a plan to increase spending $167 million over the existing two-year, $42 billion budget. However, there was no apparent movement in the public works and transportation funding areas. Legislators…
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