The proposal, authored by freshman GOP Sen. Scott Newman, passed on a 36-30 vote after nearly five hours of debate. GOP freshman Sen. Jeremy Miller voted with all DFLers against the measure.
For Republican Sen. Dave Thompson, time is running short. The freshman from Lakeville has spent the last six months readying a ballot initiative that would enshrine so-called “right-to-work” language in the state’s Constitution.
Jack Krage, who has worked as a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker for more than 25 years, announced his run for the southwestern Senate district on Wednesday.
A lot of things are changing for Dick Day. The former Senate Republican minority leader made a legislative career out of supporting slot machines at racetracks — better known as racino — during his 19 years in the chamber.
The Winona GOPer, one of the youngest in his class of lawmakers, will tour businesses with the governor in Seoul, South Korea, as well as businesses in China during a solo trip planned just prior to the trade mission.
Tax reform became an unlikely elephant in the room during the contentious 2011 Minnesota legislative session.
Ever since the latter days of the 2011 regular session, it was clear to lobbyists, staffers and other Capitol watchers that the main limitation on the ability of GOP legislative leaders to cut a budget deal was the hard line on spending adopted by numerous members of their freshman-dominated majority caucuses.
On Wednesday evening roughly 40 people gathered in the strip mall offices of the Winona Education Association to hear from freshman GOP Sen. Jeremy Miller. The event was organized by the Southeast Minnesota Area Labor Council, and most of the people present were union members.
For five months DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-controlled Legislature sparred at the Capitol over how to eliminate the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. But with the legislative session concluded and no end to the budget impasse in sight, the debate will now move beyond St. Paul as legislators face constituents in their home districts.
With just days left before the adjournment of the 2011 regular session, eight Chamber of Commerce leaders from greater Minnesota came to the Capitol Monday to blast the Republican Legislature’s budget proposals.
State lawmakers have made extensive cuts in aids and credits to local governments as a means of coping with multibillion-dollar budget deficits in recent years. And in view of the $6.2 billion budget deficit for 2012-13, more cuts to local government aid are looming. That specter is creating a surprising amount of factionalizing between business groups in different regions of the state.
Lobbyists who have been waiting on pins and needles for the House and Senate to release their committee rosters got an early holiday present on Wednesday, when the Senate GOP sent out a final list of Republican names that will make up the majority in the chamber's 16 committees next year.
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