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Mar 24, 2014

The Capitol Note: Dayton signs $440 million tax cut bill

1.) Gov. Mark Dayton signed $440 million in tax cuts into law late Friday, reports the Pioneer Press. It followed a day in which both DFL-led chambers of the Legislature gave the bill final passage by votes of 58-5 (Senate) and 126-2 (House). The package includes $226 million in federal income tax conformity measures, such ...

Sep 27, 2013

Looming teacher evals send districts scrambling

Welcomed by some as a long overdue step toward accountability, teacher assessments have also led to troubling headlines in recent months. It was the threat of teacher evaluations that led to a messy teacher strike in Chicago’s public school system, and it was their implementation that inspired education officials in Atlanta to fix students’ scores on standardized tests, leading to criminal cha[...]

Sep 4, 2013

Stadium oversight meeting cancelled owing to leadership dispute

**UPDATED** Senate and House members continue to squabble over leadership of a committee that's supposed to provide oversight for the Minnesota Vikings stadium and other sports facilities.

Apr 24, 2013

House passes $15.7B education finance bill

K-12 education finance bills that account for roughly 40 percent of the state’s general fund spending are moving through the House and Senate floors this week.

Apr 23, 2013

House passes K-12 funding bill

The state House on Tuesday passed a $15.7 billion K-12 budget bill after seven hours of debate. The bill passed 83-50 with 10 Republicans joining all DFLers in support.

Apr 8, 2013

House, Senate take up higher education omnibus bills

By the time the bills pass to their respective floors, the House and Senate versions are likely to be around $100 million apart.

Mar 28, 2012

LIFO repeal appears headed for veto

A year after Republican legislators joined forces with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to enact changes to state education policy, the GOP’s 2012 K-12 agenda is foundering.

May 18, 2011

K-12 talks stall on teacher reforms

In the always contentious arena of K-12 education policy, the movement to create a new teacher evaluation system in Minnesota finds Republicans and Democrats, business and labor groups agreeing that changes are needed.

Mar 23, 2011

House K-12 budget draws fire from metro legislators

Many Republican candidates from greater Minnesota have hammered constantly on what they called school funding inequities that favored districts in the Twin Cities metro area. But Democrats and urban school advocates are outraged.

Aug 20, 2010

More committee shakeups in Senate?

Chaudhary's primary loss made him the body's fifth departing chair

Feb 22, 2010

Republicans line up to challenge incumbent DFL lawmakers

Minnesota Republicans, buoyed by national congressional gains and an increasing tide of conservative sentiment, are queueing up to challenge incumbent DFL state legislators this year.

Dec 29, 2009

Another dozen register to run for Legislature

A dozen more people have filed papers with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board to run for the Legislature in November.

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