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Legislature Passes “Historic Step Backwards” On Environment

Sen. Scott Dibble

A revolt among Minnesota Senate Democrats failed to stop the passage on an environmental bill early Saturday morning. Debate on the legislation which DFL Sen. Scott Dibble had called a “historic step backwards” for the environment forced what was supposed to be a one day special session into the early hours of Saturday morning. Continue Reading →

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Lawmakers React To What Gov. Dayton Did And Didn’t Say In State Of State Address

House Minority Leader Paul Thissen reacts to Governor Mark Dayton's State of the State address.

What Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said in his State of the State address Thursday night generally energized Democrats and brought criticism from Republicans. But the Governor was also chided by lawmakers from both parties for some of the things he didn’t talk about. Continue Reading →

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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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