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Paul Thissen

Mar 12, 2014

The Capitol Note: Amended bullying bill clears Senate committee

GOP Sens. Carla Nelson and Roger Chamberlain have introduced an alternate bill.

Mar 6, 2014

House passes $500 million tax cut

Republican speakers expressed gratitude, though several used the occasion to criticize the DFL for passing the taxes in the first place.

Mar 6, 2014

Dayton budget devotes $616 million of surplus to tax cuts

In announcing the package, Gov. Mark Dayton argued that the state's positive budget forecast makes the business-to-business taxes unnecessary.

Mar 5, 2014

Bakk looks to raise bar for amending constitution

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says proposed amendments to the state constitution should need backing from 60 percent of both the Senate and the House.

Mar 5, 2014

The Capitol Note: “Unsession” roll-out highlights 1,000 proposed changes

Dayton also issued an executive order calling on all executive branch agencies to begin using plain, "easy-to-understand" language.

Mar 5, 2014

Dayton administration outlines ‘unsession’ package

Gov. Mark Dayton's ideas to reform and simplify state government include more than 1,000 adjustments to policies already on the books.

Mar 3, 2014

The Capitol Note: Budget surplus sets up tax cut debate

Bakk has said on multiple occasions that he would like to devote the surplus in part to enlarging the state’s budget reserve.

Feb 28, 2014

Projected surplus grows to $1.2 billion

Friday morning's news immediately inspired a number of proposals for what to do with the state's newly available funds.

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.

Feb 26, 2014

The Capitol Note: GOP Rep. FitzSimmons considers primary run

His ouster came as a direct response to FitzSimmons’ role in amending last year’s same-sex marriage bill.

Feb 21, 2014

The Capitol Note: Judge says sex offender commitment system “clearly broken”

In a statement following the decision, DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson echoed the call for legislative action this spring.

Feb 20, 2014

The Capitol Note: Bakk cautions against spending surplus on tax cuts

1.) Tuesday in the Senate Education Committee, Sen. Scott Dibble introduced a retooled version of his bill to prevent bullying in Minnesota schools, reports the Pioneer Press. Changes to the bill, the paper notes, “include narrowing the definition of bullying, specifying the school staff who must receive bullying prevention training and updating the timeline for ...

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