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Letter to the editor: Country can't afford bloated military
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May 9, 2013
Historic marriage vote brings emotions with it
ST. PAUL -- Anticipation. Frustration. Elation. Love. Anger. Patience. Impatience. Today's House vote on gay marriage attracted the range of...
May 9, 2013 - 10:39am
May 7, 2013
Minnesota Legislature poised for gay marriage votes
ST. PAUL -- Gay marriage supporters feel victory in the air. Their confidence is high as Minnesota state representatives plan to vote on overturning...
May 7, 2013 - 4:33pm
April 30, 2013
House expands minimum wage bill
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House likely will approve a minimum wage increase later this week, after a committee Monday expanded the bill's reach by doubling state-required parental leave for a new child. Under the amended measure by Rep Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, employers would...
April 30, 2013 - 8:57am
Senators pass tax bill following uncertainty; Sieben backs bill
ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators passed a tax plan 35-31 Monday -- eventually. It took two tries, but they moved the bill forward, nearly two hours...
April 30, 2013 - 8:28am
April 25, 2013
Senate education bill passes test, but graduation test fails
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators joined the House on Thursday night in voting to eliminate a law requiring students to pass a test before graduating...
April 25, 2013 - 8:56pm
April 24, 2013
House education bill about more than education
ST. PAUL -- A debate about education funding goes beyond helping individual students: There is widespread agreement that a better education system would help the economy. However, there is less agreement about how to achieve those improvements. Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth,...
April 24, 2013 - 8:34am
April 23, 2013
Minnesota House OKs health funding without knowing hospital impact
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state representatives approved 70-64 a health-care spending bill late Monday without knowing how it would affect hospitals...
April 23, 2013 - 7:42am
April 19, 2013
Fees in ag budget worry McNamara, Republicans
ST. PAUL - Republican lawmakers said an environment and agriculture budget bill the House approved 69-61 Thursday is loaded with too-high fees and wasteful spending. "This agriculture and environment finance proposal is loaded with staggering fee increases that will impact hardworking...
April 19, 2013 - 8:28am
April 17, 2013
Senate approves legislative, officials' pay raises
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators voted themselves and other state officials pay raises Tuesday with no debate. The only mention of the raises, part of a larger bill funding several state agencies, in the Senate came when bill sponsor Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, quickly described...
April 17, 2013 - 8:29am
April 15, 2013
South Washington County Schools expands options for Crosswinds building
South Washington County Schools is expanding its list of possible uses for the Crosswinds school building even as its chances of acquiring it might be slimming. A committee exploring how the district could use the Crosswinds Arts and Science School if acquired from the East Metro...
education / politics
April 15, 2013 - 4:46pm
April 11, 2013
U-Fairview talks off as lawmakers still want Minnesota hospital ownership
April 11, 2013 - 10:17am
April 9, 2013
Schoen among lawmakers seeking hospital acquisition moratorium
ST. PAUL -- Two Minnesota lawmakers are offering legislation to prevent Sanford Health from controlling University of Minnesota hospitals. Sanford, headquartered in South Dakota and North Dakota, is looking at taking over Fairview Health Services, which operates the university hospital...
April 9, 2013 - 10:27am
April 5, 2013
Study finds no Minnesota Asian carp colonies
ST. PAUL -- New tests showing Asian carp likely are not colonizing Minnesota waters should not slow efforts to stop the invasive fish, experts say. "The results certainly don't say we should be doing anything different than we are right now," said Steve Hirsch of the Department of...
April 5, 2013 - 8:19am
April 4, 2013
McNamara backs civil union alternative to same-sex marriage
One south Washington County-area Republican legislator supports civil unions as a step short of full marriage for gay couples, but a prominent...
April 4, 2013 - 8:46am
April 3, 2013
Legislature: April is for budget; guns and marriage return in May
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature is famous for deciding major issues near the end of each year's session. Expect 2013 to be no different. So far, Gov. Mark Dayton has signed just one major bill into law, and eight minor ones, out of 3,172 that the 201 lawmakers have introduced....
April 3, 2013 - 10:38am