Nearly $1 Billion Separates Minnesota Legislators On Public Works Funding

House and Senate leaders are far apart about how much to spend on public works projects. Nearly $1 billion apart. Minnesota Democratic senators Monday unveiled a plan to borrow money for $1.5 billion for public works projects, things such as finishing the project of bringing water to southwestern Minnesota, fixing state buildings and constructing water…
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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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Easter Gift For Iron Rangers: Unemployment Extension

Easter will be a bit happier for laid-off Iron Range workers. The Minnesota Legislature recessed for a short Easter break Thursday after extending unemployment benefits 26 weeks for more than 2,700 rangers who have exhausted their original 26 weeks of payments. Lawmakers also approved legislation to reform a trust fund that provides money for unemployment…
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Unemployment Fund Bill Due For Senate Vote

A bill to reform the unemployment insurance trust fund is due to be in front of the full Minnesota Senate Thursday, and the Senate leader said he hopes the House quickly will pass that bill and one giving Iron Range workers more unemployment payments. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said he wants the House…
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Unemployment Aid Easily Passes, But With ‘poison Pill’

Minnesota state representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill extending unemployment benefits to laid-off Iron Range workers Thursday night but, as one lawmaker said, it contains a “poison pill” that will stop the legislation in the Senate. The vote was 104-25, with only Democrats voting against it. Democrats have loudly opposed how Republicans who control the House…
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