Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL — Much of the money in the Minnesota House’s plan to tweak the state’s two-year budget would go to greater Minnesota. “We focused on rural Minnesota and greater Minnesota,” House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, D-St. Paul, said, because many rural parts of the state have not recovered from the recession as well as the Twin Cities. Debate continued into the night Thursday, but there was no doubt that the House would approve its $322 million budget increase.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota women on average are paid 80 percent of wages men receive, and women who own businesses earn just 60 percent of male entrepreneurs. Bills to help close that gender pay gap are nearing votes in the Minnesota House and Senate. The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved the measure on a split voice vote, sending it to the full House. The bill by Rep.
ST. PAUL — A nearly $1 billion proposal to fund state construction projects, ranging from trails to transit, launched Tuesday with its author calling it “inadequate” and a Republican who usually supports public works projects saying he could not vote for it. It was an unusual start for a public works funding bill, financed by the state selling bonds.
ST. PAUL — Fixing ice-cold roads and preventing red-hot railcars are Minnesota lawmakers’ transportation priorities. A House bill would provide $15 million to fill an abundant crop of potholes blamed...
ST. PAUL — Parents of suffering children used an emotional Wednesday news conference to blame Gov.
ST. PAUL — Domestic assault suspects could be required to give up their guns under bills moving through the Minnesota Legislature. “This bill will stop violence and reduce the number of women murdered by guns each year,” Rep. Dan Schoen, D-St. Paul Park, told the House public safety committee Tuesday before the panel voted to support it. Schoen, a Cottage Grove police officer, said his bill requires a judge’s order before guns can be confiscated. “This bill does not allow the government to take guns without due process,” he explained. In some cases, guns could be removed before a trial.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans entitled to share in $49 million of new individual income tax breaks should wait a week and a half to file tax returns, state revenue officials...
ST. PAUL — Tax cuts may come to those who wait. Democrats who control the Minnesota Legislature were fired up and ready to cut taxes Thursday, but Senate Republicans refused...
ST. PAUL — Plans to train first responders such as firefighters to battle oil disasters are gaining traction in the Minnesota Legislature. “It takes just one of these trains at the wrong place at the wrong time for a catastrophe,” Rep.