Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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ST. PAUL — It is time to make college more affordable for students, state lawmakers say.
ST. PAUL – Rural Minnesota businesses could hire more employees and afford to stay in the state with some extra state help, some lawmakers say.
ST. PAUL – Making Minnesota’s tax system fair is a key goal for state lawmakers and the governor. But the definition of tax fairness is more elusive than it might seem. “Fairness is certainly in the eye of the beholder,” University of Illinois Professor J. Fred Giertz of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs said. Some argue everyone should pay roughly the same percentage toward government services, while others say the rich can afford to cover some of the cost for the lower-income taxpayers.
ST. PAUL – Studying the Minnesota film industry, funding public television and conducting water quality studies are a few ways lawmakers propose spending some of the nearly $300 million from the state’s Legacy Fund next year. They are working to hash out a plan to split the money that comes from a sales tax increase of three-eighths of a percent. Voters approved the increase in 2008 for outdoors, arts and environmental projects. “Our goal is to have many parts of the Legacy Fund working together,” House Legacy Committee Chairwoman Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, said.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota communities have plenty of suggestions for how to spend state dollars borrowed for public works projects. In fact, they have too many. State lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton are working to whittle down more than 150 requests topping $3 billion for trails, civic and community centers, roads and bridges, and many other projects. “There is a huge need in every single area,” said Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, chairwoman of the House Capital Investment Committee.
ST. PAUL – More students could attend college if a plan allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges is approved, a Minnesota lawmaker argues. “We want to eliminate the achievement gap so that students who have not traditionally been going to college are going to college,” said Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul. “We need them in our future workforce.”
ST. PAUL – Thousands of lower-income Minnesotans could continue to get health insurance from the state even as major reforms take root under a plan lawmakers moved forward Wednesday. House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, said the state needs to update and continue MinnesotaCare, a health insurance program that serves “people who are working but don’t have access to affordable health care.” “MinnesotaCare’s future is in doubt,” Murphy said, because of changes such as the state’s new health insurance exchange signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mark Dayton.
ST. PAUL — Gun control backers have given up controversial proposals in an effort to pass some measures aimed at curbing gun violence in Minnesota.