Politics in Minnesota
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The current budget assumes $225 million in bonding this year and the state doesn’t have the resources for additional debt service unless the next budget forecast — scheduled to come out mid-March — calls for another surplus.
Senate judiciary panel debated the merits of a first-of-its-kind state statute on license plate readers before finally opting to hold the bill over for a few more days’ worth of deliberation.
The first two weeks of the 2015 session saw more than 200 bills introduced in the House and more than 150 in the Senate.
The sum total of lawyer-lawmakers at the Capitol in 2015 is nearing historic lows--the fourth-smallest share since 1891.
The proposals, a blend of of carrot and stick measures pushed by MADD, are aimed at getting more offenders to install an ignition interlock.
Commitment to the principle of free speech has weakened in Western culture.
The Capitol Preservation Commission estimates any delay could add up to $680,000 a month to the project’s cost and throw the schedule off kilter.
A federal income tax conformity bill and a “quick fix” to the DMC legislation are both zipping through the committee process in the House and Senate.
Chisolm DFLer David Tomassoni faces the potential for conflict of interest as a state official receiving a salary from a group that lobbies the state.
Odd-year bonding bills tend to be in the $200 million range, although recent odd-year bills were as large as $500 million in 2011, and as low as $156 million in 2013.
A new book observes President Obama remains a stranger to many of the ways of Washington and to the other power holders in the nation’s capital.
Perhaps we have stumbled upon a return to politics as work, not as some truncated form of religiosity in secular guise where standing on principle is the be-all and end-all of representative governance.
The co-author of the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report finds signs of favorable business activity as well as some potential difficulties.
The package is likely to face resistance from House Republicans, who unveiled their own transportation plan last week
The upper chamber’s returning leadership unveiled its priority bills Thursday morning, highlighting six different proposals that will serve as the foundation for its agenda this session
Republicans pitched targeted tax and regulatory relief for business owners as their top priority; other agenda items include major reforms to the state education system, transportation, elder care and insurance.
The House GOP and transportation advocates offer their plans to improve roads and bridges and expand transit.
McGough Construction crews are finishing up detail work and are about two weeks away from completing the $42 million Ordway expansion--enough to allow the first rehearsal by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
The U of M’s 2015 capital request, approved in October by the Board of Regents, includes $55 million for asset preservation, $18 million for new veterinary laboratories, and $4 million for a greenhouse to protect the U of M’s rare-plant collection.
It sometimes seems Republicans have fewer differences with Democrats than with one another.