Easter Gift For Iron Rangers: Unemployment Extension

Easter will be a bit happier for laid-off Iron Range workers. The Minnesota Legislature recessed for a short Easter break Thursday after extending unemployment benefits 26 weeks for more than 2,700 rangers who have exhausted their original 26 weeks of payments. Lawmakers also approved legislation to reform a trust fund that provides money for unemployment…
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Unemployment Fund Bill Due For Senate Vote

A bill to reform the unemployment insurance trust fund is due to be in front of the full Minnesota Senate Thursday, and the Senate leader said he hopes the House quickly will pass that bill and one giving Iron Range workers more unemployment payments. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said he wants the House…
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Unemployment Aid Easily Passes, But With ‘poison Pill’

Minnesota state representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill extending unemployment benefits to laid-off Iron Range workers Thursday night but, as one lawmaker said, it contains a “poison pill” that will stop the legislation in the Senate. The vote was 104-25, with only Democrats voting against it. Democrats have loudly opposed how Republicans who control the House…
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Range Unemployment Legislation May Be Headed To Negotiation

A two-part bill to extend Iron Range unemployment benefits and reform a trust fund that pays the benefits appears destined to be negotiated by a House-Senate conference committee. After legislative leaders promised to deal with the issue in the session’s first week, the differences remain unchanged as the second week begins. The House Ways and…
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Greater Minnesota Watches Transportation Funding Debate

Greater Minnesota has lots at stake in a legislative transportation funding debate. Senate Democrats said Monday that it is not just about roads and bridges. They said that rural transit also needs more money. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said that last fall he moved his mother into a senior citizen apartment and quickly…
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