A state fund that helps pay for game warden salaries and other state natural resource operations is projected to run out of money as of July 2013.
GOP legislators began sounding the constitutional amendment drumbeat even before the start of Session 2012.
In a year that would normally see a bill with a big price tag to pay for public construction projects, House Republicans have introduced a bonding proposal that seems destined to dissatisfy nearly everyone.
GOP Sen. Dave Thompson, the chief sponsor of the amendment in the Senate, urged leadership at a Tuesday Capitol news conference to move to the bill from its current position in the Senate Rules Committee and bring it up for a vote on the floor.
If Sen. Dave Thompson has his way, the road to the 2012 election will feature many scenes like the one that unfolded early Monday morning at the Capitol.
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.
So far this session, Gov. Mark Dayton has steadfastly beat the drum for his legislative program to give a boost to the state’s job market: a bonding bill, a Vikings stadium and a jobs tax credit. The Republican majorities in the House and Senate, meanwhile, have pushed through committee numerous proposals that they contend will reduce the tax and regulatory burden on business and make government[...]
On Wednesday Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed so-called “right-to-work” legislation into law, making it illegal for employment to be contingent on paying union dues. Indiana became the first state in a decade to enact such a policy.
The past year has seen polarizing, multimillion-dollar battles over the role and rights of labor unions across the country.
Drazkowski says Rep. Tony Cornish, chairman of the Minnesota House Public Safety Committee, has agreed to hold the hearing to look into the issue in the coming weeks.
By most accounts, a constitutional amendment to make it harder to raise taxes was a key sweetener offered by House Republican leaders last summer in their efforts to entice the chamber’s most conservative members into voting for the budget deal that ended Minnesota’s historic government shutdown.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s executive order aiming to allow some in-home day care providers to join a union could prove to be the unintended impetus for anti-labor bills during the 2012 session.
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