Feds Give States Years To Meet ID Standards

In case you missed it late Friday afternoon: Americans may board commercial airlines for at least two more years with state identification cards that do not meet new federal guidelines, but it was not clear after Friday’s announcement if a rush to change Minnesota law will continue. The federal Department of Homeland Security announced it…
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Analysis: Dayton, Daudt Not As Far Apart As Words Would Indicate

By Don Davis, Forum News Service Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt exchanged fireballs Wednesday over a special legislative session, or lack of one. But stripping away the rhetoric, they actually are close on two of the three major issues being considered for a session that could come later this month. For…
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State Not On The Hook For Miner Unemployment Extension

Minnesota taxpayers would not pay if the state Legislature approves extending unemployment benefits for laid-off miners. Hundreds of miners will run out of unemployment benefits before the Legislature convenes in regular session March 8. Gov. Mark Dayton and Iron Range lawmakers say a special legislative session is needed to give workers aid. Another 26 weeks…
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Minnesotans Need New IDs Or May Be Grounded

Minnesota violates federal identification card rules, and Minnesotans needing an ID to get into some federal facilities may be out of luck. Within days, the federal government is expected to announce when the updated IDs will be needed to board airliners. If state law does not change by then, Minnesotans would be grounded. Federal Department…
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Political Chatter: Iron Range Help Needed From St. Paul And Washington

It seems as if everyone wants to help Minnesota’s Iron Range, but they cannot agree on when, how or who. More than a month ago, Gov. Mark Dayton suggested calling a special legislative session to approve extending unemployment benefits for nearly 600 steelworkers laid off as taconite mines close in northeastern Minnesota. Nothing happened other…
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