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ST. PAUL — Senate Democrats would not go as far as their House colleague in raising taxes in a budget framework they announced this morning. By Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Senate Democrats would not go as far as their House colleague in raising taxes in a budget framework they announced this morning.
ST. PAUL — State schools would be the biggest beneficiaries of a state House Democratic budget proposal that goes beyond the governor’s plan to increase taxes on the rich. Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, unveiled a budget outline Tuesday that accepts Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan to boost taxes on the richest 2 percent of Minnesotans, and he went further by suggesting a temporary surcharge, probably on those earning more than $500,000.
ST. PAUL — Gun control backers have given up controversial proposals in an effort to pass some measures aimed at curbing gun violence in Minnesota. The House Public Safety Committee chairman dropped a plan to expand background checks to virtually all gun sales that was set for a vote Tuesday. He said there is a new agreement that will include only checks for purchases at gun shows.
ST. PAUL — House Democrats today said they want to not only permanently raise income taxes on wealthy Minnesotans, but also add a temporary surcharge on the richest of the rich to repay schools. By Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — House Democrats today said they want to not only permanently raise income taxes on wealthy Minnesotans, but also add a temporary surcharge on the richest of the rich to repay schools.
ST. PAUL – A House committee is poised to take a vote on a gun control bill tonight. By Danielle Killey Forum News Service ST. PAUL – A House committee is poised to take a vote on a gun control bill tonight. As it stood when the committee recessed just before noon, the measure included expanded background checks. But amendments tonight could dramatically change the bill.
ST. PAUL — Nurses and the Minnesota Hospital Association appeared to have stitched together a deal late last week on a proposal that originally would have required specific nurse staffing levels. But on Monday, it was back to the operating room to work on a state legislative bill that would study the relationship between the number of nurses on a hospital staff and patient care. The two sides did agree, however, that this year there would be no bill requiring specific levels of nurse staffing.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota senators approved 39-28 a health insurance marketplace along party lines this morning, leaving only Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature as the final step. By Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Minnesota senators approved 39-28 a health insurance marketplace along party lines this morning, leaving only Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature as the final step.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Farmers must consider all their investment options before buying highly priced farmland, one expert says.
ST. PAUL — Universal background checks for gun buyers remain a major focus of debate as Minnesota lawmakers moved forward Thursday with a gun control plan. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved 5-3 a proposal that includes checks for all firearms purchases. Background checks on gun purchasers are not required for private sales, which some say is a dangerous loophole. “If we really are serious about reducing gun violence in our state, this is the course,” said Dennis Flaherty, Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association director.
ST. PAUL — Legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota took a key step forward Tuesday but faces many hurdles to approval. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-3 to send the proposal to the full Senate, and the House Civil Law Committee voted 10-7 to put it before the House. “No Minnesotan should be told it is illegal to marry the person they love,” said bill author Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis.