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Jun 10, 2015

Higher-ed bill one step in right direction

Without much fanfare in the recently adjourned 2015 legislative session, we joined the pack of 32 states with a specific higher-ed attainment goal written into state law.

Jun 5, 2015

Confusion, nastiness yield politics of frustration

Politicians will always be sensitive to their supporters, but policies needn’t be driven solely by payback.

Jun 3, 2015

More homework ahead for education bill

Other elements of the framework for a special session remain unresolved, including a passage in the state government finance bill that would significantly diminish the authority of State Auditor Rebecca Otto.

May 22, 2015

Sides dig in for tough education talks

Rep. Jenifer Loon leads a group seeking targeted pre-K aid.

May 20, 2015

Session over, finger-pointing begins

Governor Mark Dayton to call lawmakers back as all sides blame each other for stalemate.

May 15, 2015

Education standoff may yield special session

Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto a compromise education budget if legislators don’t rise closer to his spending level, and has said he is willing to call a special session to get his way.

May 1, 2015

Crossing the party line at the Capitol

While some members choose to vote against their caucus out of protest or principle, others have strategic intent when they press the button.

Apr 29, 2015

Tempers flare before House passes higher ed bill

The higher education omnibus bill became yet another case study in the poisonous style of debate that now seems a given in the House.

Apr 17, 2015

Math problem: reconciling school bills

The two bills are so utterly different that neither is likely to hold its current shape after the two sides negotiate in a conference committee.

Apr 8, 2015

Dems cut price tag of community college aid bill

Senate Democrats wanted to make community college free for Minnesota residents.

Apr 3, 2015

Non-budget disputes unsettled

A variety of hot-button policy issues remain unsettled this session, and the gulf between positions taken by the governor and either or both legislative chambers leaves just about many of those proposals in jeopardy.

Mar 13, 2015

Math lesson: Education bill numbers reflect priorities

A bill by DFL Sen. Terri Bonoff that mirrors teacher layoff provisions in the House bill appears down the list of priorities for the Senate majority.

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