House Passes Its Tax Plan, Senate Next

Taxes have taken over as the 2018 Minnesota Legislative session’s No. 1 issue, thanks federal tax law changes that will affect most Americans. The House tax plan passed 90-38 Monday, April 30, and Senate Republicans announce their proposal Tuesday morning, making it the third plan as Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced his wishes weeks ago.…
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Lawmakers Look At Increased Penalties For Attacking Police

Tensions have ramped up in the past couple of years between law enforcement officers and some communities they serve. Some states have passed laws meant to discourage attacks on police and many in the Minnesota Legislature want to join them. Legislation awaits action by the full House; a similar bill has not been considered by…
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Health Professionals Say School Safety Includes Them

Many students say gun restrictions can help keep them safer in schools, but the Minnesota legislative conversation on safe schools has broadened to other issues, some of which bring tears when people talk about them. “We are facing a public health crisis,” Carol Quinn told the state House Education Finance Committee Wednesday, March 21, with…
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Seniors Say Even Small Social Security Savings Worthwhile

Emmy Treichal says $201 more a year would mean a lot to her. “I would save it,” the 89-year-old St. Paul resident said. “I always have a project I am saving for.” That $201 will be the average amount of income taxes Social Security recipients in Minnesota will save under a new law that reduces…
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Governor Expects GOP Transportation Plan To Win As Negotiations Begin

Minnesota’s Democratic governor admitted he probably will accept a Republican transportation funding plan he does not like, rural lawmakers said they heard loud and clear during a holiday break that farmers want buffer law changes and ralliers chanted support for the House Democratic leader’s comments critical of white men who did not listen to women…
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