Today’s UpTake: GOP Pushes Mass Cuts, Nuclear

2011 Legislative Session

2011 Legislative SessionThe newly empowered Minnesota GOP flexed its muscles at the State Capitol yesterday, as the Republican-led House passed HF130, a $1 billion budget-cutting initiative that Governor Mark Dayton will likely veto next month. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch pushed a bill to remove the moratorium on the expansion of nuclear power in Minnesota through the Senate Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee. DFL’ers strongly oppose both pieces of legislation, as they do efforts to repeal the Next Generation Energy Act. But the politics didn’t get too out of hand. The day began yesterday with a congenial policy breakfast at the Minnesota News Media Institute, attended by Koch (R), Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk (D), Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers (R) and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen (D).

Today appears to be a quiet one. Governor Dayton will speak at the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals Conference at 9 a.m., and then deliver welcoming remarks at the St. Paul Winter Carnival Moon Glow at the State Capitol at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, up at Hibbing Community College, the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources will discuss the environment, jobs and economic growth.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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