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Jun 17, 2014

The Capitol Note: Turns out, Dayton doesn’t support minimum wage changes

Gov. Mark Dayton isn't advocating changes to Minnesota's freshly passed minimum wage hike legislation, a spokesman clarified on Monday.

Jun 16, 2014

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce report scores 2013-14 Legislature’s votes

A number of Republican legislators received a perfect vote rating from the Chamber.

Feb 27, 2014

Thissen: Business wish list won’t be fulfilled

House Speaker Paul Thissen told business leaders at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Session Priorities event Tuesday that a repeal of the new top income-tax bracket is unlikely.

Sep 18, 2013

Top GOP donors pitch coordinated campaign in 2014

Longtime Republican donors Stanley Hubbard and Tom Rosen are mounting a campaign of their own this year. The broadcasting magnate and beef processing CEO are trying to get a vast and complicated web of GOP donors, operatives and activists to march in step when it comes to the 2014 elections.

May 1, 2013

Workers’ comp bill moving in both chambers

State lawmakers are introducing a workers’ compensation proposal that business and labor leaders alike regard as the most significant change to the system in 18 years.

Sep 28, 2012

Pro-GOP business groups proliferate — but keep mum about big-picture coordination

No fewer than half a dozen major players have emerged among the ranks of pro-Republican business PACs in this election cycle. But while their 42-day pre-general election campaign finance reports are now available for all to see, they continue to play it close with respect to their big-picture plans.

Aug 29, 2012

Growing pains for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has been flummoxed in recent legislative sessions not so much by their usual sparring partners in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party but by a new coterie of conservative Republicans.

Jul 27, 2012

Chamber right-to-work question stirs confusion

When so-called right-to-work legislation came up for a floor vote in March, Sen. Jeremy Miller was the only Republican to vote against the proposal. Although it was merely a procedural vote to send the proposed constitutional amendment to a different committee, organized labor was grateful for the freshman legislator’s public opposition.

Jun 20, 2012

Spending for those who can’t

In surveying the 2012 campaign cash landscape in Minnesota, it’s not immediately obvious who’s going to help Republican legislators defend their majorities.

May 18, 2012

Business lobby gives mixed marks to GOP majorities

The change in Minnesota politics wrought by the 2010 election created equal measures of optimism and concern among the business groups that lobby state lawmakers.

Apr 4, 2012

Business lobby: few wins so far

Business interests still hoping some of their legislative priorities will be addressed in waning days of session.

Mar 30, 2012

Where have all the amendments gone?

GOP legislators began sounding the constitutional amendment drumbeat even before the start of Session 2012.

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