Private Prison Wins A Round, But Faces Dayton Opposition

Reworked legislation to place state inmates in a west-central Minnesota prison is advancing in the Legislature, but Gov. Mark Dayton remains strongly opposed to it. A House committee heard arguments on both sides of the issue Tuesday, March 21, and it is expected to be included in a public safety finance bill to be unveiled…
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$1.35 Billion In Tax Cuts Suggested As Minnesota Budget Debate Nears

Minnesota lawmakers plan to figure out their state budget plans in the next two weeks. With that deadline in mind, House Republicans announced Monday, March 20, they want to cut taxes $1.35 billion in the next two years. Later in the day, Senate Republicans said they want to spend $3.6 billion for transportation over 10…
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Dayton Wants More For Pre-K; GOP Talks Education Hike, Human Services Cuts

By David Montgomery, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday proposed putting more money into preschool education and the state’s reserves, at the same time that legislative Republicans are offering a budget with significant new tax cuts and spending cuts in some major areas of state government.…
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Audit: Educators Do Not Understand How To Use Test Results

Many Minnesota educators do not understand how to interpret scores of state and federal mandated tests. An Office of Legislative Auditor report released Monday, March 6, included a survey showing a lack of understanding. It also showed educators questioning the usefulness of the the best-known statewide test, Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, better known as MCA. How…
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Minnesota Grapples With Spikes In Drug Seizures

By Maureen McMullen One pound of methamphetamine used to be considered a big drug bust by Minnesota law enforcement. This year, however, a single meth seizure operation can yield between five and 35 pounds. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported Monday, Marcy 6, that drug task forces seized a record 488 pounds of meth…
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