capitol report

The Republican Senate on Monday passed a school shift buy-back bill, one slating about $450 million in one-time budget reserve dollars towards repaying borrowed school funding. The legislation contains a provision crafted by Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, that would slate one percent of non school or debt service Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista. [...]

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News that a majority of the Minneapolis City Council are on-board with the Vikings’ stadium bill had Sen. Sean Nienow thinking in terms of resuscitation. “I think it pumps a little more life into a dying Vikings’ stadium proposal,” said Nienow, R-Cambridge. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Council President Barb Johnson, and supportive members of the [...]

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The House Republicans passed their tax bill today (March 21), one promising a 12-year phase-out of the commercial/industrial business Rep. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, cradles his 14-month old daughter Paisley on the House floor during the tax bill debate today (March 21).  property tax and containing other provisions deemed pro job-growth by Republicans. “You’ll never feel [...]

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The House Capital Investment Committee today (March 20) approved $221 million bonding bill for a multiyear renovation of the century-old State Capitol. “It’s time to commit the State of Minnesota to restoring the State Capitol,” said House Capital Investment Committee Chairman Larry Howes, R-Walker. Democratic members of the capital investment committee, while praising the restoration effort, [...]

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A Photo ID constitutional amendment passed the Republican House today (March 21), partially setting the stage for a second proposed constitutional amendment appearing on the November ballot. Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, saw her legislation pass the House on a 72 to 62 vote after a nine-hour debate. “We don’t say close enough is good [...]

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A Senate Democrat March 19 filed an ethics complaint against former Senate deputy majority leader Geoff Michel, R-Edina, charging that Michel lied to the press and public about his knowledge of the Koch scandal. “I do think he owes us an apology,” said Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, who filed the complaint. Even though Michel [...]

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