Taxes and bonding need Minnesota Legislature's prompt attention

With four weeks remaining, foot-dragging should end on two big bills.

Farm bill should help both the poor and farmers

April 20
Rob Zeaske at the Second Harvest Heartland warehouse in Maplewood in February.
Low-income Americans need food aid, and agriculture needs support.

Trump wrong about TPP — again

April 20
Officials from countries participating in what was formerly called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agree
Multinational trade pacts serve the nation's economic, security interests.
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April 19
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Walz bill sends message to VA: Get going on medical marijuana research

Veterans deserve the best chronic pain, PTSD treatment options.
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April 18
The University of Minnesota needs to fill a spot on its Board of Regents with the resignation of Patricia Simmons. A joint legislative committee will

Legislature should value thorough vetting in U regent selection

In case of Darrin Rosha, postelection "screening" cost the school $43,000.
Editorial
April 17

Legislator-lawyer Paul Thissen makes rare move to the Minnesota Supreme Court

Leaving the Legislature to join court the same year may be unprecedented.
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April 17
Sun Country planes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The airline canceled two return flights from Mexico to Minnesota over the weekend be

Sun Country finally admits that it screwed up

Airlines should not be allowed to abandon passengers in a foreign country.
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April 16
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Maintain Minnesota's investment in its youngest learners

State's $50-million-plus commitment for prekindergarten is just a start.
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April 14
A Syrian soldier filmed damage at the Syrian Scientific Research Center, which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes before dawn o

U.S. strike is a clear signal to Syria, Russia and Iran

Military strike was appropriately limited, but will it deter Assad?
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April 13
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified Wednesday at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C.

Facebook and Congress have more work to do

Zuckerberg testimony was heavy on apology, too light on solutions.
Editorial
April 13
President Donald Trump arrived in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 23 to speak about the $1.3 trillion spending bi

Seniors who depend on Medicare, Social Security need protection

Grim CBO report shows tax cuts will fall far short of paying for themselves.
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April 12
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Legislature should give civics education a boost in Minnesota

The results of a new test must be collected and analyzed.
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April 11
A proposed constitutional amendment would provide much-needed funding for Minnesota roads and bridges, but the funding mechanism could come at the exp

Budgeting by constitutional amendment is a bad strategy

Minnesota legislators don't need to ask voters to boost transportation funding.
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April 10
Supporters of a proposed youth mental health care center in Forest Lake turned out at a City Council meeting Monday night. On a 3-2 vote, the council

Heartless Forest Lake vote shows lack of concern for kids' mental health

Three-man City Council wrecking crew derails mental health care project.
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April 10
A child received oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

Assad must be held responsible for chemical-weapons attack

Trump should seek a multilateral response and hold Putin to account, too.
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April 9

Minneapolis finally adds some 'teeth' to body camera policies

Officers will face discipline for not following new guidelines.
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April 6
In a 2015 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent looks from above at a stretch of the Rio Grande that forms the border between Texas a

Troops are helpful; Trump, not so much

Other presidents have sent soldiers south, but not with such hostility.
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April 6
Surgeon General Jerome Adams spoke in February during a reception at the White House. The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carryi

Minnesota legislators must hold drugmakers accountable for opioid crisis

Resurrect "penny a pill" fee to take some of the burden off taxpayers.
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April 6
State Rep. Kelly Fenton, R-Woodbury, is the Minnesota House sponsor of legislation that would establish work requirements for people receiving Medical

'Not ready for primetime.' Heed Colorado Republican's concerns on Medicaid work requirements

State senator whose vote derailed this 'reform' in her state says too many unknowns at this time.
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April 5
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, pictured last month, announced his entry into this year’s Minnesota gubernatorial race on Thursday. Pawlenty, a Republican

Pawlenty puts governor's race in spotlight

Voters should look at past performance as well as promises.
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April 4
A Minneapolis polling place in November 2013, the second time the city’s mayoral election used ranked-choice voting. That year’s mayoral race, wit

Minnesota Legislature shouldn't end ranked-choice voting

Pre-emption bill would snuff out a promising democratic tool.
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April 4
The Minnesota State Capitol.

Minnesota House should act on clean pension bill

Keep partisan poison pills away from a needed funding boost.
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April 3
The flags of the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Presidential threats are no help on NAFTA

Progress is being made that could benefit all three nations. That work must continue.
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