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Minnesota Senate Committee Takes Up Teacher Pay Freeze

The Minnesota Senate Education Committee will hear testimony Tuesday for the first time on a proposed statewide freeze on pay for teachers in public and charter schools.

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Bill Undoing Minnesota Nuclear Ban Gets Senate Hearing

The Minnesota Senate's top leader is pushing to undo a state ban on new nuclear power plants. Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch presents a bill Tuesday to undo a 17-year-old moratorium on construction of nuclear energy facilities. The hearing is before a Senate energy and utilities panel.

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Bill Seeks High-Tech Policing For Minnesota Tax Cheats

Republicans who lead the Minnesota House insist they won't raise taxes to fix the state budget. But they're looking for ways to more aggressively enforce the current tax code to bring in more money.

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Minnesota Bill Aims To Restrict Use Of Welfare Cards

Republican lawmakers are proposing new restrictions on the use of electronic benefit cards for welfare recipients. The bill from Sen. Doug Magnus and Rep. Kurt Daudt would prohibit withdrawing cash or buying tobacco, alcohol or lottery tickets with the cards. It would also ban their use outside Minnesota and require users to show photo ID.

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State Health Care Bill Passes Committee

Some Minnesotans on MinnesotaCare could get vouchers for private health insurance, if a bill authored by State Representative Steve Gottwalt of St. Cloud gets passed. The Health Minnesota Contribution Program cleared it's first committee yesterday (Wednesday).

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Minnesota Panel Considers Faster Environmental Reviews

A proposal to speed up environmental reviews and permitting for businesses gets its first legislative hearing on Thursday. The bill from Rep. Dan Fabian, a Republican from Roseau, is aimed at improving the state's business climate by streamlining regulations.

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Panel Hears Bill To Cut Minnesota State Payroll

ST. PAUL  (AP) -- Legislation ordering a 15 percent cut in Minnesota government work force costs is getting an airing in a state House committee.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Keith Downey of Edina would give the state until 2015 to achieve the cost reduction.

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GOP Plans To Lay Out 1st Part Of Minnesota Budget Fix

Minnesota's 2011 legislative session will be dominated by talk about the state budget deficit. Republicans who run the House and Senate are raising the curtain on that discussion.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Escape Capitol For Annual Retreat

For a day at least, Minnesota's Capitol shifts west to Minneapolis. The state Legislature planned to gather Wednesday at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute for a seminar focused on bipartisanship and the state budget. It's the fifth annual "One Minnesota" event. The retreats are typically held soon after the Legislature opens its yearly session.

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Minnesota House Panel Votes To Undo Nuclear Ban

A proposal to clear the way for new nuclear power plants in Minnesota has passed its first committee in the Republican-controlled Legislature. The House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the bill on a 10-6 vote on Tuesday.

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