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The School Readiness program could be the catalyst in special-session discussions.
Usual patterns of lawmaking interaction were disrupted this year — and next year could be worse.
A breakthrough, in that it was on the table. A rift, however, in terms of execution.
If Dayton makes good on his veto threat, education will be added to a growing 2016 Legislature agenda.
Some state spending saves lives and money down the line.
If the Legislature does not aid the whole U of M system, the Board of Regents is bound to be tempted to exercise its constitutional autonomy.
Pop quiz: How big is the state’s biennial budget? I bet your answer was “I don’t know.” Don’t count yourself ill-informed.
Republican-proposed cuts in local government aid are a poor precedent — and Duluth is a terrible target.
Of particular concern is infrastructure essentially untouched in 40 years.
House Republicans want to spend, and Senate DFLers want to bargain.
The new Senate office building could accommodate its opponents in 2016. Or, they could choose the costlier option.
But if you do change health policy — and Republicans want to — it would pay to involve an expert like former state Sen. Linda Berglin.
The path forward, now that the chancellor and faculty union are on speaking terms again.
That’s true for those it affects, and it’s true for a legislator with a proposal.
This legislation matters for all Minnesotans, not just those lacking employer empathy.
It depended on whether you were hearing from legislators or the party chair. So, about that …
Do legislators rejoicing in a budget surplus have a plan if a gas tax increase is dead?
Veteran legislators who watched the bubble burst are less likely to favor tax cuts today.
For what we call welfare. That one hasn't happened this century and then some.
Proposals aplenty this year, but one legislator is working to bridge the GOP-teachers union divide.
Public spat between DFL governor, Senate leader could set back legislative efforts in 2015.
It needs to stop. Students and businesses can be well-served by -year degrees, apprenticeships.
The futures of young learners and of the state are intertwined on this issue.
Even if his new job isn't technically a conflict of interest, he may be recusing himself often.
These used to be called “women's issues” and were partly addressed starting in the 1970s. Today, the lingering needs are getting attention.
Early signals are that Dayton's $9 billion, 10-year funding proposal will face delaying tactics.
The Legislature is quickly warming to ways to meld high school and higher education.
Well, there's talk about it. But maybe a short session is more realistic.
The former governor's second and third terms both offer valuable lessons.
We tend to think of the state’s population as consistently growing, but here’s the catch (and what thought leaders say we should do about it).
The incoming speaker is hinting at better procedures.
It's been a few decades since a Minnesota lieutenant governor had a clear role or obvious influence. Tina Smith, incoming, may be in a better position than most.
Republicans control Minnesota House because of new outstate lawmakers.
The Fifth District representative has always done the hard work, door to door and more, and it shows.
Major renovation project will displace legislators and others for two years.
And not just for Obama, but almost every midterm. That's an important thing for Minnesota parties to know.
Tuesday's vote was a tilt toward rural, but let's not overcorrect.
One can hope the gears will turn, but the reality is things are pretty frozen.
Collin Peterson (in the Seventh Congressional District) and Rick Nolan (in the Eighth) believe they’ll work through any headwinds to retain their seats.
Why? Here’s a theory: Old issues have been resolved, and new ones are still being shaped.
This year's legislative race there is about moderates — the tried-and-true.
There are obstacles to voting, so it isn';t necessarily shiftlessness that leads to nonparticipation. Although it kind of is, sometimes.
More gender integration in Washington would be helpful to all — men and women.
The state's lessons on citizenship and governance can be found, for sake of example, at the State Fair.
Under a new project, Minnesota will give it a go.
Did you know that? Here's your chance to become better acquainted with history.
The era of government “gifts” may be over, but not the era of government revenue growth. Senate hopefuls, your visions?
The Senate majority leader isn’t facing an election. Perhaps that explains his strategies. Perhaps there’s more to it. With the senator from Cook, it isn’t always easy to tell.
Julianne Ortman hasn't gone quiet for the sake of safety. She's still building her political career.
That part of family responsibility got quite the cold shoulder from State Capitol lobbyists this year.
The cap on state bonding (in a time of low interest rates, at that) leaves needs unfilled.
Most critically, the Chamber of Commerce isn't. Here's its thinking — and mine.
Before serving in Legislature, she helped build a machine that won gubernatorial elections.
The debate over Minnesota’s Women’s Economic Security Act illuminates the issue.
A political party stands to gain if it can truly help the state's workers meet their aspirations.
It's an easy target for Republicans. Come to think of it, they have practice at this.
It’s not a twin to the last century’s rural electrification, but it’s a close sibling.
That’s what you could say about Gov. Mark Dayton’s agenda, and it would be a compliment. How the ‘Unsession’ came to be.
A legislator who failed the first such test — same-sex marriage — should consider “flunking” again.
The 1995 experience can be a guide for Republicans this year.
Poverty is a key problem, and it's not an easy one to solve.
These days, it takes volume to make the numbers work. How to do that while keeping the focus on the patient?
We’re too modest to confess an affinity for ‘dynasty.’ It’s not a bad thing anyway.
Republicans this year are likely to get the sort of hybrid that’s familiar to DFLers.
In District 60B, currently represented by Phyllis Kahn, age, ambition and pioneering zeal are at issue.
To modernize, higher educators are daydreaming about getting off the bonding bill roller-coaster.
Medical usage is the only change being actively promoted. That strategy may lag the populace.
A new book (with some extrapolation) offers up FDR as an example.
As mayor, he put the city’s affairs in order and restored its status at the State Capitol.
Big projects are all the rage, but what really matters is getting the basics right.
No Labels group should cultivate clout to get its message heard.
Revisiting the site of a controversial supportive housing initiative in Minneapolis, we find that things didn’t turn out so badly.
Can this longtime legislator make a dent in the U.S. Senate race? It’s a primary question.
That would be the aim of minimum-wage advocates, who’ll try, try again for a raise.
Rybak says mayor-elect has mandate on social, fiscal issues.
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