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Mindy Greiling

Dec 8, 2016

Untangling mental health care

Lawmakers seek ways to make help more consistent

Dec 19, 2012

School funding will trigger numerous battles

Thanks to the recent November economic forecast, which revealed that a $1.3 billion budget surplus is headed to Minnesota’s schools to pay down the state’s $2 billion-plus K-12 aid shift, lawmakers could simply tout the good news and pass a budget for the next two years that leaves the state’s school funding structure in the same shape it’s been in for more than a decade.

Nov 9, 2012

DFL majorities pick their leaders

Close on the heels of Tuesday’s election, members of the new DFL House and Senate majorities gathered behind closed doors on Thursday to elect their leaders. As expected, the minority leaders who helped steer Democrats back into control — Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, and Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook — were elevated to House speaker and Senate majority leader.

May 25, 2012

How the stadium deal was done

Left for dead in April, the Vikings stadium bill sprinted to passage in the session’s closing days. What happened?

May 11, 2012

So long, adios, auf wiedersehen

After adjourning in the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Minnesota House of Representatives plunged ahead with the bittersweet biennial ritual of retirement speeches from departing members.

Apr 13, 2012

Redistricting pitted a disproportionate number of female legislators against their male counterparts

It was one of those votes no one wanted to take. The state’s new maps dropped DFL senators and allies John Marty and Mary Jo McGuire into Senate District 66, forcing activists in the area to pick between them at a recent endorsing convention.

Mar 28, 2012

Marty/McGuire contest, 14-person scrum in District 59 among races to be settled

Minneapolis DFLers lost another legislator last weekend. Freshman Rep. Marion Greene, who replaced former DFL House Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the chamber, fell in an endorsement contest against DFL House colleague Frank Hornstein.

Feb 22, 2012

Legislative map: All shook up

The most anticipated political event of the year at the Capitol — the unveiling of court-drawn state legislative and congressional districts that will be used for the next decade — arrived at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Jan 18, 2012

DFLer Greiling to retire after 2012 session

Greiling's announcement is the latest in a string of DFL retirements that have seen some of the party's most seasoned lawmakers leave the Capitol, including Sens. Larry Pogemiller and Linda Berglin.

Sep 23, 2011

School districts turn to voters for financial help

Keith Lester’s first day as superintendent of Brooklyn Center Schools was Sept. 12, 2005. The next day, voters shot down a proposed property tax levy increase to help fund the schools. If Lester thought at the time that it was a temporary setback, he was wrong.

Aug 5, 2011

Dynamics change for K-12 lobbying ‘cartel’

DFL Rep. Mindy Greiling has spent years wrangling with the likes of education lobbyists as groups tried to sway the former House K-12 finance chairwoman to change longstanding policies or win a bigger piece of the multibillion-dollar budget pie. But no other group was more persistent, or powerful, than the so-called “education cartel.”

Jul 29, 2011

School levies spike

In the past three years, the Waseca school district has cut its budget by 20 percent — more than $5 million all told. District busing is just meeting state mandates. Elective classes have been cut at the junior high and severely reduced at the high school. Many teachers have left for wealthier districts.

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