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ST. PAUL -- A handful of Minnesota lawmakers are being lobbied intensely in advance of arguably the most-watched legislative action in recent years. The decisions of a half-dozen House Republicans and a pair of Democrats will be critical Monday when the Legislature is expected to attempt an override of Gov.
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ST. PAUL - Minnesotans would pay more in taxes for improved roads and bridges in a $6.6 billion transportation funding package the Legislature passed Thursday and sent to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who promises to veto it. Supporters of the bill framed it as a dramatic compromise and the result of nearly two-dozen concessions made over the past few days.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation lacks funding to keep up with routine state highway and bridge maintenance and has paid for new projects while existing highway pavement has deteriorated, an audit concluded. A report released Tuesday by the independent Legislative Auditor's Office found MnDOT in recent years borrowed funds to pay for highway expansion projects, while neglecting to fund routine repairs on existing highways. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota could see a burst of new "green-collar" jobs in the renewable energy industry if the Legislature adopts measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions, DFL lawmakers said Friday. Legislators said the proposals, including tougher vehicle emissions standards and guidelines for a so-called carbon cap-and-trade program, build on a law passed last year as well as recommendations from Gov. Tim Pawlenty's recent climate change advisory group. Developing a plan to limit carbon emissions in Minnesota is part of what a group of DFL legislators is calling a Green Solutions Act.
ST. PAUL -- A plan to implement stricter motor vehicle emissions standards in the state has some legislators worried about its effect on rural Minnesota. Adopting a tougher standard is a step Minnesota can take toward reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming, bill sponsor Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, told a House committee Thursday. It would spur research and production of cleaner-burning vehicles, save consumers money and promote the use of corn-based ethanol fuel, she said.
ST. CLOUD -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty praised Minnesota's agriculture and mining sectors and reiterated his opposition to tax hikes in a speech Wednesday that some lawmakers thought lacked a plan to address the state's lagging economy. Delivering his annual State of the State speech, Pawlenty told a St.
ST. PAUL - Barack Obama and Mitt Romney liked Tuesday's precinct caucus results, but some political leaders already are looking to other ways for Minnesotans to pick their presidential hopefuls. As both political parties brag about turnout, stories abound about woes caucus-goers encountered when trying to attend the caucuses.