Political Chatter: Legislators Look For Investigations

Minnesota lawmakers do more than legislate; they also sometimes ask people to investigate, and they want to see those reports. Such is the case in a couple of recent issues: a state worker who seemingly emailed opposition to a northern Minnesota oil pipeline and a Commerce Department official accused of improperly ordering destruction of documents.…
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Senate Votes To Eliminate Buffer Confusion

The Minnesota Legislature is close to cleaning up misunderstandings in a law meant to clean up the state’s water. Senators on Thursday passed legislation 61-0 making it clear that vegetative buffers will not be required along private ditches. The measure also clears up other issues that raised questions about the nearly year-old buffer law, many…
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Minnesota Plans Renovated Capitol Celebration

A celebration is planned for the fall of 2017 to celebrate the re-opening of the Minnesota Capitol. The building, which opened in 1905 after a $4.5 million construction project, is all but closed as hundreds of construction workers do everything from updating obsolete systems to restoring artwork. The restoration’s latest price tag is $310 million.…
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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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Broadband Spending Plans Vary Greatly

Republican Minnesota representatives propose spending $35 million to expand broadband high-speed Internet in the state, far less than Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats want. “Minnesotans are going to see a historic amount of broadband investment this year,” Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, said Wednesday as he and other Republicans outlined their plan. While…
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