Monthly Archives: January 2011

White House Unveils Startup America


National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, Council of Economics Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee, SBA Administrator Karen Mills and other Administration officials participate in a kickoff event for Startup America, a national campaign to help America achieve these goals by promoting high-growth entrepreneurship across the country. Continue Reading →

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Legacy Amendment Pays Dividends for Minnesota

Minnesota State Capitol Building Dome

A report released earlier this month by the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality finds that the Legacy Amendment has generated a return of $1.95 for every dollar of Legacy funds invested in history programs and projects. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Battles in Egypt, Budgets in MN

Rally for Egyptian people at Minnesota State Capitol

Follow The UpTake today and this week as we broadcast news of budget battles here in Minnesota and the battle for democracy on the streets of Egypt. As we have all month, we’ll continue to provide livestreams of legislative turf wars between the Republican-controlled State House and Senate, and Governor Dayton’s office. Continue Reading →

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MN Senators Seek Ethics Hearing Regarding Sen. Scott Newman

Senator Scott Newman

Minnesota Sen. Michelle Fischbach confirmed receipt of a notarized letter yesterday from three of her colleagues requesting that the Senate’s ethics subcommittee begin an investigation within 30 days into allegations concerning the conduct of Sen. Scott Newman. Continue Reading →

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MN House Considers Rescinding Next Generation Act

2011 Legislative Session

Yesterday the Minnesota House’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee entertained motion HF72 in an effort to rescind the state’s ban on carbon dioxide emissions by utilities. Continue Reading →

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MN House Passes $1 Billion Budget Cutting HF130

2011 Legislative Session

This evening the Minnesota House passed HF130, which would take a $1 billion slice out of the state’s projected $6.2 billion budget shortfall by cutting $181 million in spending and reducing the next two-year budget by $822 million. Governor Dayton will likely veto the bill. Continue Reading →

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State Rep. Knuth Defends Next Generation Energy Act


Minnesota State Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL – New Brighton) today released the following statement opposing HF 72, a bill that would repeal a key element of the Next Generation Energy Act passed in 2007 and signed into law by former Governor Tim Pawlenty. HF 72, which was presented and discussed in the House Energy committee today, would repeal bipartisan provisions that limited new electricity from coal until the state adopts a comprehensive plan to offset emissions that contribute to climate change. Continue Reading →

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Replay – Minnesota News Media Institute Policy Breakfast

The Minnesota News Media Institute and the League of Women Voters Minnesota Education Fund — in cooperation with the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 144th annual convention — will hold a Public Policy Breakfast this morning from 7-9 a.m. at the Sheraton Bloomington in South Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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