House Tax Bill Is ‘Ain’T My Fault’ Effort

Republicans who control the Minnesota House and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton do not agree on many aspects of tax policy, but they do agree tax laws need to change before lawmakers end their 2018 session in less than a month. House Tax Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, named his bill after the Brothers Osborne country song…
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Amid Controversy, State Rips Up Proposal To Raise Buffer Fines

Minnesota state Sen. Bill Weber released a video in which he tore up paper, as if destroying a rule that could have greatly increased penalties for violating a law requiring plants to surround water. Hours later, on Tuesday, April 10, a state official figuratively ripped up the proposed rule, saying he now knows that it…
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As Farmer Suicides Rise, Lawmakers Examine Ways To Help

Minnesota farmers are committing suicide in numbers that rival the low days of agriculture during the 1980s farm crisis. “Unfortunately, there is no end in sight,” Meg Moynihan of the state Agriculture Department told the House Agriculture Finance Committee Tuesday, March 27. Moynihan coordinates the Farm and Rural Helpline, (833) 600-2670, which provides rural residents…
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Chatter: Lawmakers Say Meetings Can Help Fight Childhood Hunger

Some Minnesota lawmakers say they can be more effective in fighting childhood hunger if they regularly meet with organizations in and out of government who deal with the situation. So state Reps. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, and Erin Maye Quade, D-Apple Valley, launched the Child Hunger Caucus. “We cannot allow childhood hunger to continue to…
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Is Agriculture Battle Over?

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s aide who so angered farm-area legislators that they said the governor had declared war on agriculture now says he made mistakes. Deputy Chief of Staff Linden Zakula sent an email to the media Monday night, May 15, clarifying two mistakes he made in a May 9 memorandum when he was attacking…
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