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Friday 02/27/2015
Minnesota's surplus swells to $1.8 billion
Posted: February 27, 2015

ST. PAUL — Minnesota's bank account is projected to run up a $1.87 surplus over the next two years, which will drive calls for new spending, tax cuts or most likely a mix.

House speaker: Give at least $900 million in surplus back
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 1:37 pm

ST. PAUL — Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he wants at least half the state's newly projected $1.87 billion surplus to go toward tax relief.

Lt. governor touts Dayton's transportation plan
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 10:49 am

City and county leaders joined Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Thursday to speak out in support of the governor's $11 billion transportation proposal, which would fund up to $75 million local road and bridge improvements.

Answer Man: Dayton's pay raise debacle was made possible in 2013
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 10:58 am

Dear Answer Man, Gov. Mark Dayton got in trouble for giving giant raises to the department heads at DNR, Public Safety and others, and it caused an embarrassing rupture with DFL legislative leaders. But apparently the Legislature gave him the authority in 2013 to do exactly what he did. Now they're going to change it back because of the way it turned out.

Lower insurance rates for a longer drive?
Posted: February 27, 2015

ST. PAUL — A Rochester lawmaker wants patients in southeast MInnesota who are willing to drive farther for care to have the option of buying cheaper health insurance.

Thursday 02/26/2015
Super Gav inspires newborn testing bill
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 11:06 am

WINONA — Growing up, Gavin Quimby seemed like any other preschooler.

Behind tough MNsure audit, details of more problems
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 9:05 am

ST. PAUL — Beneath a scathing audit of MNsure released last week are additional details that could bolster lawmakers' case to give the Legislature greater power over the state's health insurance exchange.

Kind, Walz introduce bill to prep first responders for oil train disaster
Posted: February 26, 2015

Two area congressmen have again introduced legislation designed to help communities prepare for an oil train derailment or spill.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Obama vetoes bill pushing Keystone Pipeline approval
Posted: February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday rejected an attempt by lawmakers to force his hand on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, using his veto pen to sweep aside one of the first major challenges to his authority by the new Republican Congress.

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