Highlights of education measures Minnesota legislators approved this year: -- Give school districts a one-time funding boost of $51 per student, equivalent to a 1 percent state aid increase. -- Allow districts with extra building improvement funds to use that money for general education purposes, such as hiring teachers or buying classroom supplies. -- Permit some districts to collect more property tax revenue to pay for leased buildings.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota schools may view the Legislature's education funding increase this year the way a lottery player would a modest winning -- they gladly will take it, but it won't dramatically alter their finances.
ST. PAUL - Tax breaks and a park. A balanced budget and health-care reform. More education money and improved nursing home funding. Those are among issues Minnesota lawmakers approved during a rare Sunday session before adjourning for the year. The House ended its work for the year at 11:44 p.m., followed four minutes later by the Senate. The 201 legislators ended their work Sunday night, the second time lawmakers met for business on a Sunday, following more than two weeks of intense negotiation that wrapped up early Sunday afternoon between Republican Gov.
ST. PAUL - Portraits of three former governors displayed in the State Capitol were vandalized Wednesday, but the Minnesota Historical Society said they can be repaired. Portraits of Jesse Ventura, Harold LeVander and Elmer L. Andersen were defaced with what appeared to be a marker. Bill Keyes of the Historical Society said a painting conservator will fix the "little, quick squiggles" left by a vandal. A red mark appears on the white shirt of Ventura in his portrait, which is among the most viewed in the Capitol.
ST. PAUL - Two things often are shrouded in secrecy in the legislative session's final weeks: budget deals and pending lawmaker retirements. Minnesota House members stand for election this fall, and some representatives are keeping their future plans under wraps until the end of session. "There's lots of variables - like everybody," said a coy Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Lawmakers got few details when they pressed Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials Friday about a conservation officers' conference held here last year that reportedly cost the state more than $380,000. State legislators said they understand the professional and economic advantages to hosting an international conference, but questioned some state spending toward the conference, the public value of the event and a decision to require attendance by all of the state's game wardens. "The question is who should pay for it," Sen. Ellen Anderson, a St.
ST. PAUL - A judicial panel recommends the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission reject an electric transmission project in western Minnesota that is linked to the proposed Big Stone II power plant. The decision Friday by Minnesota administrative law judges is a setback to a group of utilities led by Fergus Falls-based Otter Tail Power Co.
ST. PAUL - Rep. Bernie Lieder is a member of the "Greatest Generation," but he never would use such a term about himself. So it was with reluctance that he accepted recognition Thursday when the Minnesota House honored the Crookston Democrat and his fellow World War II veterans. "I'm only one of the whole group, and I hate to be singled out," said Lieder, who told fellow lawmakers he appreciated that the veterans were acknowledged. The House adopted a resolution commending veterans and other Minnesotans for their contributions during the war.
ST. PAUL -- Tempers occasionally flared, but most legislative negotiators kept their nose to the grindstone Tuesday in an effort to wrap up the 2008 Minnesota Legislature's work. Budget talks continued between legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty while House-Senate conference committees on a variety of issues worked to resolve differences.