Minnesota Website Opens The State Checkbook

Minnesotans can check their state government’s spending habits online, and a new study says it is one of the best websites in the country. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund recently released a report card for state websites that allow residents to track government spending. It shows Minnesota tied for third place with…
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Dayton Construction Plan, Local Projects Could Top $2.3 Billion

Gov. Mark Dayton’s statewide public works funding plan and local projects he says merit funding top $2.3 billion for his last in elective office. He announced a $1.5 billion proposal Tuesday, Jan. 16, but the governor’s office also reports that he feels $858 million in local projects “merit state investments,” but he did not include…
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Deep Into Session, Legislators Look For Starting Line

The Minnesota Legislature passed all of its spending legislation in the last couple of weeks, the earliest in memory, but lawmakers just reached the starting line in writing a two-year budget. As lawmakers start a Passover-Easter break this weekend, they leave behind a few bills they have passed and became law since they arrived Jan.…
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Dayton Wants 10 Percent Budget Hike

Raising Minnesota’s next two-year budget nearly 10 percent is Gov. Mark Dayton’s ask. “We must wisely invest and use our resources,” his finance commissioner, Myron Frans, told reporters on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in announcing hopes to increase spending for transportation, education, local governments and other budget areas. The Dayton plan would spend almost $46 billion…
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Health Insurance Debate Focuses On Rural Minnesota

Rural Minnesota may never have been mentioned so often in a state Senate debate not about a specific rural issue. Small towns and farmers were featured Thursday, Jan. 12, before senators passed 35-31 legislation to help Minnesotans afford individual health insurance policies. Rural residents like farmers tend to rely on individual policies more than do…
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