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April 24, 2013
Three tax routes face Minnesota lawmakers
ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers now have three distinct tax proposals to consider with release of a Senate Democratic plan that includes an income tax hike, sales tax changes and property tax relief. Senate Democrats unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would increase income tax for married...
April 24, 2013 - 10:08am
April 23, 2013
House OKs health funding without knowing hospital impact
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state representatives approved 70-64 a health-care spending bill late Monday without knowing how it would affect hospitals around the state. Most Democrats favored the bill while most Republicans opposed it. Highlighting debate was an amendment by Rep. Will...
April 23, 2013 - 10:32am
April 17, 2013
Senate approves legislative, officials' pay raises
Minnesota senators voted themselves and other state officials pay raises Tuesday with no debate. The only mention of the raises, part of a larger bill funding several state agencies, in the Senate came when bill sponsor Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, quickly described the bill....
April 17, 2013 - 7:55am
April 11, 2013
U-Fairview talks off as lawmakers still want Minnesota hospital ownership
April 11, 2013 - 10:04am
Nixed gas tax could delay transportation projects
ST. PAUL -- Maybe next year. That is what state lawmakers in charge of the transportation budget are saying about major transit and road projects, which likely will be put off because they cannot get new funds. A gasoline tax planned to be a major part of the House and Senate transportation...
April 11, 2013 - 10:03am
April 10, 2013
House DFL wants to set school goals
ST. PAUL -- Goals of 100 percent high school graduation, every third-grader being able to read, ending an achievement gap and all students being ready for careers or college after graduation are lofty, but House Democrats say their sights are set on those accomplishments by 2017. Rep....
April 10, 2013 - 9:02am
April 4, 2013
Kieffer joins slate of lawmakers pushing civil union proposal
ST. PAUL -- Civil unions would give gay couples the same rights as married couples, says the sponsor of a Minnesota House proposal that is a...
April 4, 2013 - 9:02am
April 3, 2013
Pro-District 833 Crosswinds bill on horizon?
A multi-school district board governing Crosswinds school in Woodbury and Harambee in Maplewood decided to give away the facilities, but Minnesota...
April 3, 2013 - 7:36am
March 26, 2013
Sanford Health in talks to take over Twin Cities-based Fairview Health Services
March 26, 2013 - 4:32pm
March 25, 2013
Vieth is new executive director at Carpenter Nature Center
The Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings has a new executive director. Jen Vieth was the unanimous choice of the three committees tasked with...
March 25, 2013 - 4:03pm
March 20, 2013
MNsure to be where Minnesotans buy health insurance
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans will be able to shop for health insurance through a state marketplace beginning Oct. 1, but may not see savings for a couple of years. Minutes after Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday signed a bill into law establishing the marketplace, to be known as MNsure, he said...
March 20, 2013 - 3:47pm
March 19, 2013
Agreement expands background checks only to gun shows
ST. PAUL -- Gun control backers have given up controversial proposals in an effort to pass some measures aimed at curbing gun violence in Minnesota. The House Public Safety Committee chairman dropped a plan to expand background checks to virtually all gun sales that was set for a...
March 19, 2013 - 10:41pm
House DFL would add tax surcharge on rich
ST. PAUL -- House Democrats today said they want to not only permanently raise income taxes on wealthy Minnesotans, but also add a temporary surcharge on the richest of the rich to repay schools. DFL leaders provided no details, but said the surcharge would bring in $854 million...
March 19, 2013 - 2:50pm
March 14, 2013
Dayton strikes out sales tax plan, keeps additional spending in plan
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton scaled back his tax requests today after hearing from the public, businesses and legislators that they were not keen on expanding the sales tax to most goods and services. "This does not allow us to do as many things as we could in a broader reform,...
March 14, 2013 - 1:08pm
March 13, 2013
Legislative notebook: Dayton delays new budget again
ST. PAUL -- Wrangling the numbers in a revised budget proposal forced Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to postpone its release. His spokeswoman, Katharine Tinucci, on Tuesday tweeted the announcement will come "later in the week. Still working on final numbers." The Democratic governor...
March 13, 2013 - 12:05pm