ST. PAUL -- Glen Menze says U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson has sold himself as fiscally conservative to his western Minnesota constituents, but his record in Congress does not reflect that. Menze, a Starbuck accountant and former farmer, announced Tuesday he will try to knock off Peterson in the November election. Menze said he will challenge the Detroit Lakes Democrat on fiscal issues and his positions on federal farm policy. It is Menze's second run for the 7th District U.S.
ST. PAUL -- If Minnesota does not aggressively combat bovine tuberculosis, some worry it could end up like Michigan. That state several years ago tried to tackle the disease that appears in deer and cattle by building fences to separate animals, Sen. Rod Skoe said, but it did not kill herds or shoot deer that may carry the disease.
ST. PAUL - State lawmakers want to spend more than $6 million to thwart the spread of bovine tuberculosis in northwestern Minnesota before it further threatens Minnesota's cattle industry. Legislators familiar with the issue say they are working closely with the Pawlenty administration and believe there will be agreement to fund bovine TB measures despite larger looming budget fights at the Capitol. "I feel confident that the governor and Legislature actually are on the same page in solving this problem," said DFL Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Competing Minnesota House and Senate health care reform proposals are headed to negotiations amid warnings Gov. Tim Pawlenty will not support either plan. Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, said a bill the House passed late Thursday does more to shake up Minnesota's health care system than has been done anywhere in the country, and that makes it widely controversial. "Every single person in the health care system is nervous, but every single one of those people wants changes," Huntley told representatives before they voted 83-50 to send the bill to a conference committee.
Minnesota state representatives voted 88-45 Thursday to fund an Iron Range cancer study, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty threatens to veto the bill because it would take money from a fund filled by most Minnesota businesses. Taking money from a workers' compensation fund, as Rep.
ST. PAUL -- A law firm Minnesota legislators hired to conduct what was dubbed a Watergate-like investigation into the state Department of Transportation is hustling to meet a deadline next month.
ST. PAUL -- The fate of a $925 million public works package was in limbo as Gov. Tim Pawlenty planned to review it over the weekend after warning Minnesota lawmakers it was $100 million too big. Republican Pawlenty is expected on Monday to either veto the entire bill, a compromise of DFL Senate and House proposals, or remove money for specific projects. The bill is funded by the state selling bonds. It authorizes work on public colleges, water clean-up programs, state buildings and events centers. Pawlenty has said the bonding bill should be capped at $825 million.
ST. PAUL - The Senate passed a tax bill Thursday that would kill Gov. Tim Pawlenty's key rural economic development initiative, after rural senators tried, but failed, to resurrect the program. On Wednesday, senators preliminarily voted for the bill, and by a single vote decided to leave a provision that would kill the Jobs Opportunity Buildings Zones program.