At The Capitol

by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter It’s more than just another bill to her, explained Rep. Laurie Halverson of Eagan. Halverson is carrying legislation to create a research grant program to fund breakthrough research and treatment of spinal cord and traumatic brain injury. A freshman Democrat, she has a background as a caregiver for people […]

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by Howard Lestrud ECM Political Editor Gov. Mark Dayton released his 2014-2015 budget on Tuesday and said he is keeping his promise to increase funding for education every year he is governor. He said there will be “no excuses, no exceptions.” Dayton revealed his budget in the Minnesota Department of Revenue area of the Harold […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s 2014-15 state budget proposal is the boldest seen since the days of Gov. Rudy Perpich, Democrats say. “This is bold,” said Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook. Dayton, in a budget initiative heavy with tax reform, proposes to broaden the state sales tax to services […]

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by Howard Lestrud ECM Political Editor Some tough issues are expected to come before some agriculture and natural resources committees of the Minnesota Legislature this session. Rep. Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis, chairs the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee. She says it’s early and difficult to determine all of the issues “right now” and the […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Rep. Mike Freiberg lives three blocks away from Rose McGee in Golden Valley and was aware of his neighbor’s plight. “I feel like it’s taken on a life of its own, which is wonderful,” Freiberg said of his legislation to assist those confronting home foreclosure. For McGee, the shadow […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Don’t panic over electronic pull-tabs, a charitable gaming official counseled lawmakers. “Those numbers are going to go up exponentially very quickly, said Allen Lund, executive director of Allied Charities of Minnesota, of the number of charitable gaming sites offering the electronic alternative to paper pull-tabs.   Lund’s and other […]

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