At The Capitol
by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s defense of the university against charges its administration is bloated has its limits. “I’m not really interested in defending the status quo,” Kaler said at the State Capitol on Friday (Jan. 11). While detail...Read More
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Before lambasting our Minnesota state legislators, give them a grade of A-plus for being able to efficiently navigate through the State Capitol and through the other connected buildings or buildings near by....Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Democrats are looking to increase the state’s minimum wage. Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, is proposing to increase the minimum wage for employers  with annual revenue of more than $625,000  by more than a dollar an hour. Her bill would push the minimum...Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Most people in the 8th Congressional District understand his position on gun control, Congressman Rick Nolan says. Nolan, a newly elected Democrat, has been outfront in support of renewing the assault weapon ban and limiting the size of bullets clips for weapons. O...Read More
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The new legislative session (2013-14) began today (Jan. 8) with lawmakers talking of good will and working together for the benefit of the state. “I think the rancor starts on Monday,” laughed Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka....Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials look to the use of sound, bubbles, and flashing strobe lights to block Asian carp at Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Mississippi River from swimming further upstream. Whether the proposed fish barrier at the lock, located s...Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The state’s first ever wolf hunting and trapping season is history. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Wednesday (Jan. 2) wolf season will close in the last open zone at the end of shooting and trapping hours on Thursday (Jan. 3). “Our plan was...Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Sen. Ann Rest will be at center of the tax reform debate at the State Capitol. The New Hope Democrat is chairing the Senate Tax Reform Committee this coming legislative session. The assignment is timely, as Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders cite t...Read More
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This legislative session will be study in bulldozer politics. Within the bounds of the state constitution, Democrats can accomplish virtually anything they want....Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Area legislators were talking about politics and the new legislative session that begins on Jan. 8. “We’ll pick the pieces up and go on,” said Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, of the aftermath of the election in which Republicans lost control of the statehous...Read More
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