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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.

Feb 17, 2012

A stable budget and redistricting preoccupations leave the session’s endpoint in limbo

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[...]

Feb 10, 2012

Dayton vetoes four tort bills

Gov. Mark Dayton has rejected business-backed bills that proposed changes to several aspects of the civil justice system.

Feb 8, 2012

Senate passes tort bills on to Dayton

The Senate has repassed its bills from last year that overhaul the civil justice system. The votes drew opposition from most, but not all, DFLers.

Feb 3, 2012

Biz-favored tort bills finally pass the House

Wednesday, House Republicans finished a major bit of business left on the table when the 2011 session expired, passing four tort law bills favored by the state’s business lobby.

Feb 1, 2012

Tort reform lands in the House

The contentious issue of tort reform was the subject of several hours of debate on the state House floor on Wednesday. Republicans argue that tort reform will help the business climate. DFLers lined up amendments to challenge the bill.

Jan 6, 2012

Tort reform, take two

When Republicans swept into control of the state House and Senate in the 2010 elections, business groups had high hopes for advancing policies that had gotten swatted down by DFL majorities in the past.

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