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Dayton: $1B in bonding for biennium ‘reasonable’

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:39pm
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.

Police technology under scrutiny

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 1:39pm
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.

House, Senate open floodgates of legislation

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 1:30pm
The first two weeks of the 2015 session saw more than 200 bills introduced in the House and more than 150 in the Senate.

At the Capitol, is the bar losing sway?

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 1:21pm
The sum total of lawyer-lawmakers at the Capitol in 2015 is nearing historic lows--the fourth-smallest share since 1891.

Lawmakers consider DWI overhauls

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 1:11pm
The proposals, a blend of of carrot and stick measures pushed by MADD, are aimed at getting more offenders to install an ignition interlock.

Je suis Charlie?

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 1:06pm
Commitment to the principle of free speech has weakened in Western culture.

Tenant dispute could sting Capitol project

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:44pm
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.

Mayo financing fix, tax conformity advance

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:36pm
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.

Tomassoni’s post with Range group draws fire

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:32pm
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.

Odds in favor of odd-year bonding bill

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:21pm
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.

The stranger in the White House

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:13pm
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.

Politics as work, not ideological posturing

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:08pm
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.

Professor: State economy looks ‘good,’ but …

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 5:11pm
The co-author of the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report finds signs of favorable business activity as well as some potential difficulties.

Senate proposes $800M transportation funding plan

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 1:11pm
The package is likely to face resistance from House Republicans, who unveiled their own transportation plan last week

‘Skills gap,’ education top Senate priority list

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:31pm
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

House Republicans press business-friendly agenda

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:26pm
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.

Ideas abound to fund roads, transit

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:16pm
The House GOP and transportation advocates offer their plans to improve roads and bridges and expand transit.

New Ordway concert hall hits the right notes

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:10pm
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.

UMD chemical sciences building on ‘fast track’

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:03pm
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.

Bush and Huckabee get ready for nomination war

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:55pm
It sometimes seems Republicans have fewer differences with Democrats than with one another.