As the House Capital Investment Committee reviewed higher education bonding requests during a Tuesday morning hearing, one legislative newcomer spoke up to pose a question. Freshman Rep. Jay McNamar, DFL-Elbow Lake, asked whether the projects under consideration had been “bid out” already.Read More »
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The prospects for a bonding bill in the 2013 legislative session remain far from certain. But many observers think the state Capitol building is in line for about $100 million in bonding money from any package the Legislature ultimately concocts.Read More »
As DFL legislative leaders prepare for the start of session next Tuesday, fixing the state’s general fund budget – $1.1 billion in deficit, and plagued by a decade’s worth of patchwork repairs – is the job that’s most on the minds of DFL Senate Majority Leader-elect Tom Bakk.Read More »
Here’s a guide to key policy matters that are likely to be addressed and heavily lobbied in the 2013 legislative session.
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The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.
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In an announcement that brought cheers and jeers from both sides of the aisle, Gov. Mark Dayton ended more than three months of suspense Thursday by awarding $47.5 million in bonding money to nine projects.Read More »
For the last 10 years, state Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, has lived at the northern end of his north central Minnesota district. When the redistricting maps were announced last winter, the powerful chairman of the House Capital Investment Committee found himself on the southern fringe of a new district.Read More »
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) says it has received 90 applications requesting a total $288.4 million in bonding projects. That's well more than what's available in a $47.5 million economic development fund set by the Legislature this year to pay for additional construction projects.Read More »