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Divided government returns to Minnesota


Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On January 6 the new Minnesota legislative session convened with a Republican majority in the House while the DFL retains control of the Senate. In the next several months the two sides will have to work together to pass a two year budget, a transportation bill, and a wish list of several other wants put forth by one party or the other.

The budget process will begin after Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) presents his proposed budget on January 27. At present the state has a $1 billion surplus.

Both sides seem to agree that more transportation funding will be necessary to maintain and improve Minnesota roads and bridges that are in bad condition or inadequate for the current traffic load. At this point there is little agreement between the two parties on how much funding is necessary and what should be the source of that funding.

Dayton has proposed a 6.5 percent per gallon tax at the wholesale level and an increase in license tab fees. If gasoline is priced at $3.25 per gallon, the wholesale tax proposed would amount to about 12 cents per gallon. Dayton’s plan is to raise $6 billion in new revenue over 10 years for transportation. His figures come from a report compiled by a transportation panel assembled in 2012. Dayton also has proposed a one-half cent sales tax increase in the seven county metro area.

In stark contrast, the Republicans have proposed taking $200 million from the current budget surplus of $1 billion for transportation. They are against raising any new revenue, suggesting that $7.5 million could be raised over four years to fix the state’s roads and bridges through efficiencies.

Dayton maintains there has already been 25 years of negligence where the state’s transportation system is concerned. He recognizes it will cost money to invest in transportation, but expects it will cost even more to not do so.

The Association of Minnesota Counties supports legislation “as part of a comprehensive transportation/transit funding package that includes new revenue.” Fillmore County commissioners also listed transportation funding as one of their priorities for this legislative session.

Capitol building restoration

If the restoration process isn’t delayed, the last and fourth phase of the restoration of the 110 year old Capitol building is expected to be complete in 2017. Senator David Senjem (District 25- R) explained that the goal .....
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GasBuddy update 1.19.15

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

JANUARY 12, 2015- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 6.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.93/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national a ..... 
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GasBuddy update 1.05.15

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

DECEMBER 29, 2014- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 11.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national ..... 
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Arc Southeastern Minnesota recently held its annual meeting & awards banquet

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Arc Southeastern Minnesota recently held its annual meeting & awards banquet at Willow Creek Golf Course, in Rochester, Minn. on Friday, November 7, 2014. The following people were elected 2015 Officers of The Arc Southeastern Minnesota Board ..... 
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GasBuddy update

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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GasBuddy update

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

December 8, 2014 - Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.56/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national ..... 
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Caregiving is highlighted as holiday season starts Renewed campaign points to resources for older adults

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

As families and friends gather this holiday season, Minnesotans will begin seeing ways older adults and their caregivers can get help to stay safe and healthy. The Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Board on Aging, and the Amher ..... 
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Official general election results: 50.51 percent turnout, 1,992,566 total voters

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — The official November 4 General Election results, certified today by the five-member State Canvassing Board, show 1,992,566 voters cast a ballot — resulting in a turnout rate of 50.51 percent, based on Minnesota’s estim ..... 
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GasBuddy update

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

November 24, 2014- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 7.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.72/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national ..... 
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