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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Dayton Proposes $1.5 Billion Bonding Bill

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is bringing back a public works funding bill much like he offered last year, proposing to spend $1.5 billion on projects ranging from water treatment plants to fixing college buildings. “These projects have a direct economic benefit,” the governor told reporters in a conference call Wednesday, Jan. 4. “I am presenting…
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Broadband, Racial Equity Top Dayton Wish List

Giving all Minnesotans equal access to high-speed Internet and promoting racial economic equality are Gov. Mark Dayton’s top requests in seeking a $700 million budget boost. Each would cost $100 million. He also announced Tuesday that he wants to supplement a $42 billion, two-year budget he and lawmakers enacted a year ago with $77 million…
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