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National Football League Commissioner (NFL) Roger Goodell left a meeting with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders National Football League Commissioner (NFL) Roger Goodell speaks to the press amassed outside of the Governor’s Office today (April 20) after meeting with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders. (Photo by T.W. Budig) this morning (April […]

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The proposed Photo ID constitutional amendment will be on the November ballot. The Senate today (April 4) took the final step in placing the proposed amendment before voters by approving the Photo ID conference committee report on a 35-29 vote. One Republican, Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, voted against the amendment. A Democratic attempt to send […]

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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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Lawmakers may dispute who can take credit, but the February budget forecast released on Wednesday, Feb. 29 nonetheless short-term was devoid of red ink — the second upbeat forecast in a row. Because of existing state law, the $323 million budget surplus projected for the current two-year spending cycle automatically was absorbed. “We have a […]

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Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday in blistering language blasted Senate Republicans after the Senate voted to reject the confirmation of his appointee, Ellen Anderson, as chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. “A very good person, a very dedicated public servant, and an excellent chair of the Public Utilities Commission was wrongly maligned and […]

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With the flash of gavels at noontide the 2012 legislative session began Tuesday with brief floor sessions in the House and Senate. In the Senate, former Majority Leader Sen. Amy Koch sat quietly, sometimes resting her chin on her hand, as her replacement, Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, R-Rochester, led the Senate in first-day formalities. […]

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Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL lawmakers presented a jobs’ creation proposal on Wednesday,, Jan. 11 they say is “targeted” and can put thousands of Minnesotans back to work. Centerpiece of the proposal is a $3,000 tax credit for each unemployed Minnesota military veteran or recent graduate hired by a state business this year, a […]

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