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Smile- Minnesota Has An Even Bigger Budget Surplus

Mark Dayton

Minnesota has a budget surplus of $1.86 billion, an $832 million increase since the last forecast. How it should be spent and who is responsible for creating it made for a lively news conference with Governor Dayton, DFL legislative leaders and Republican legislative leaders. Continue Reading →

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Politics Over Emergency Spending Bill Escalates- Dayton Threatens Veto

Sen. Richard Cohen

Senator Richard Cohen (DFL- St. Paul) says he is disappointed in House Republicans for trying to politicize a deficiency funding bill that is aimed at dealing with unanticipated emergencies such as extra spending by the Department of Health to battle Ebola. However, Cohen and other Senators today amended the bill in a way that has Governor Dayton threatening a veto. Continue Reading →

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Your Skin Cleanser Could Be Killing The Environment

Senator John Marty

Senator John Marty says microplastics and microbeads used in personal products such as skin cleansers are poisoning Minnesota’s environment because they can’t be screened out at water treatment plants. He wants them banned. The bill advanced Tuesday on a voice vote of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. Continue Reading →

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MNGOP: Expand Tax Break For Low-Income Seniors To All Retirees

GOP Retire In Minnesota News Conference

Minnesota Republicans are proposing the state eventually eliminate its tax on Social Security benefits. Currently Minnesota taxes Social Security benefits at the same rate as the federal government, meaning that people whose income mostly relies on social security is not taxed, but those who have additional income are taxed.
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Poll: Minnesota Wants Less Restrictive Medical Marijuana Law

Minnesota Capitol- Summer

Minnesotans may not be ready to legalize marijuana for recreational use, but they do apparently want a less restrictive medical marijuana law that would allow patients to smoke marijuana, particularly if that’s the only way to get medical relief. That’s one of many issue findings in an unscientific, but well-read Minnesota Senate poll Continue Reading →

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What Goes On In Room 208, State Capitol? Video Hints At Campaign Violations

Room 208

It appears that Room 208 in the State Capitol was used as a campaign office for Republican Sate Senate campaigns. If that was the case, it would be an apparent violation of state ethics laws that prohibit the use of state time, supplies or state-owned property for campaign activities. Continue Reading →

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