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MNsure report: ‘We should’ve done better’

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:14pm
The Office of the Legislative Audito presented its findings in a pair of back-to-back joint committee hearings, telling first the House, then the Senate, where the insurance exchange went wrong.

Bill rescinding commissioner raises advances

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:06pm
A Republican-backed bill would rescind the governor’s power to unilaterally change salaries for commissioners and takes back pay the additional pay from the new salary increases.

It’s still a crime to refuse a breath test

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:57pm
Minnesota Supreme Court held in a 5-2 decision that the statute criminalizing the refusal to take a breath test is constitutional.

Streetcars still up for debate on Robert Street

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:44pm
Officials from the Robert Street corridor recently concluded a study of bus rapid transit and streetcar options without selecting a preferred route and mode.

Met Council weighs costs, benefits of streetcar lines

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:38pm
The Metropolitan Council is on its way to creating a regional policy that could aid the development of more than a dozen lines under consideration in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Creating pathways to the workforce

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:27pm
We ought to consider guaranteeing to all Minnesota youth access to a meaningful postsecondary certificate or degree, with multiple pathways to the most relevant and employable skills and credentials.

Dayton unveils list of 600 road, bridge projects

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:11pm
Gov. Mark Dayton released a list of unscheduled road and bridge projects that he said would happen if the proposal survives the uphill battle it faces in the Legislature.

Bill aims to take politics out of redistricting

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 3:05pm
A proposal would create a special redistricting commission made up of retired — and theoretically nonpartisan — judges to handle the redrawing task from start to finish.

DFL trust issues at the Capitol

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:57pm
The initially partisan battle over Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to give raises to his state commissioners morphed into an intra-party struggle that leaves Dayton at odds with his fellow Democrats.

Fix sought for tax break on building materials

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:46pm
For cities and other public entities, the process for getting the sales tax exemption on construction material is so cumbersome that many decline to pursue it.

Snow Kreilich to design transit police station

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:30pm
Snow Kreilich was among seven architecture firms that responded to Metro Transit’s request for proposals for the 36,000-square-foot station next to the agency's current headquarters.

Six GOP governors who are ready to raise taxes

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:19pm
Stung by slowing revenue streams, a few Republican governors, led by Sam Brownback of Kansas and John Kasich of Ohio, have gone so far as to propose their own tax hikes.

When more partisanship seemed like a good idea

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:13pm
Back in the days when congressional parties were more ideologically diverse and bipartisan legislating more common, government scholars advocated stricter ideology.

Public service, or patronage?

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:07pm
Public servants shouldn't have to beg for rice and wear hair shirts, but there needs to be a balance between protecting the public purse and ensuring that political appointees are well compensated.

Tiny cameras raise big issues

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:34pm
As more police officers wear them, legislators consider statewide rules

Lawmakers quietly introduce abortion legislation

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:24pm
Even after House Republicans' assertion their focus is on economic issues, three bills to change state law on abortion have been entered since the start of February.

In education, don’t follow the money

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:07pm
Finding a workable way forward toward better educational outcomes is possible but that doing so demands reframing the question.

Minneapolis seeks state aid for 10th Ave. bridge rehab

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:47am
Hoping to squeeze more life out of the 2,100-foot-long concrete arch bridge over the Mississippi River, the city has made the project a centerpiece of its 2015 legislative agenda.

Report: Transportation program to generate 15,000 jobs

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:41am
The job count in MnDOT's annual report for the Transportation for Economic Development program is for the next three years.

3M Co. sees Gateway route as recruitment tool

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:34am
Washington County staff led a tour of the Gateway Corridor for newly appointed Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck and to help build support for the line among state lawmakers.