At The Capitol

by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Anti-smoking advocates look to curb the unhealthy habit of cigarette smoking by increasing the state tax on a pack of cigarettes by a $1.50. While the idea draws mixed comments among legislators, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could include a tobacco tax increase in his proposed state budget. “I do […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Anti-smoking advocates look to curb the unhealthy habit of cigarette smoking by increasing the state tax on a pack of cigarettes by a $1.50. While the idea draws mixed comments among legislators, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could include a tobacco tax increase in his proposed state budget. “I do […]

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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 detailing the university’s biennial budget request — the university is […]

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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 wage up from $6.15 an hour […]

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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. On CBS’s “Face the Nation” last Sunday, […]

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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 six miles downstream from St. […]

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