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