Chatter: Peterson Wants To Stay In Congress; Nolan Still Thinking

Collin Peterson is running for U.S. House again, but Rick Nolan is waiting to decide whether to make a re-election or governor bid. And Tim Walz is giving up his House seat to run for governor. Peterson’s decision to run again is a bright sign for Minnesota Democrats because the southern Minnesota district Walz represents…
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Transportation Divide: ‘We Have To Start Somewhere’

Maybe the third time is a charm. That is the hope of Minnesotans who are tired of dodging potholes and daily fighting other road and transit woes. The state House and Senate have approved Republican-written transportation funding bills that greatly vary from what Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton wants. But despite having passed their legislation, it…
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$1.35 Billion In Tax Cuts Suggested As Minnesota Budget Debate Nears

Minnesota lawmakers plan to figure out their state budget plans in the next two weeks. With that deadline in mind, House Republicans announced Monday, March 20, they want to cut taxes $1.35 billion in the next two years. Later in the day, Senate Republicans said they want to spend $3.6 billion for transportation over 10…
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Minnesota Tax Bills Seek Reductions For Veterans’ Spouses

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Widows and widowers of disabled military veterans in Minnesota could be eligible for a permanent property tax exemption after their spouses die under a bill working its way through the state Legislature. Current Minnesota law allows an eight-year limit for surviving spouses to benefit from an exemption of either…
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Chatter: Midwest Waits To Learn About Agriculture Pick

Many Americans have strong feelings about President Donald Trump’s picks for his Cabinet, but not so much his pick for agriculture secretary. A statement by Executive Director Perry Aasness of the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council was typical of reaction the Trump’s announcement that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will be agriculture secretary: “We are glad that…
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