Bonding Bill ‘dessert’ A Minnesota Legislative Debate

Dessert is pretty important to Paul Torkelson. As strange as it sounds, that is one of the major holdups in getting legislative work done this year. Torkelson, a Republican state representative from Hanska, famously calls a public works spending bill, to be financed by the state selling bonds, the “dessert” of the legislative session. That…
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GOP Pushes ‘smarter Government’ Spending Plan

Republicans want to finish a southwest Minnesota water project, kill the state film board, fund a tractor safety program, get rid of two business economic development programs and help Mille Lacs Lake-area businesses suffering from walleye fishing restrictions. All of that is part of what the GOP says would come without raising overall state spending.…
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GOP Seeks Hold-the-line Spending

Minnesota House Republicans want to keep the state’s $42 billion, two-year budget — passed last year — pretty much as is, with any new spending coming out of existing programs. Unlike Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton‚Äôs proposal, the GOP plan released Thursday offers no new money for education. The proposal calls for $35 million to help…
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Legislative Roundup: Wine Tax Break Sought

Owners of wineries on Minnesota farms are asking lawmakers give them a tax break like other alcohol makers receive. Legislation by Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, would provide excise tax credits for wine and cider makers that produce up to 75,000 gallons a year. No farm winery reaches that level. Wine makers told a Senate committee…
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Lots Of Topics, Little Time For 2016 Legislature

Transportation. Taxes. Public works projects. Education. Water quality. That is merely the beginning of the list of topics Minnesota lawmakers want to consider when they return to session Tuesday. It is not a much different list than other years, but the time to accomplish anything is limited, mostly because of a $304 million Capitol renovation…
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