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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.
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.
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…
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.
Minnesota House Panel Considers Lifting Nuclear Ban
A proposal to clear the way for new nuclear power plants in Minnesota gets its first hearing in the Republican-controlled Legislature on Tuesday. The bill from Rep. Joyce Peppin of Rogers would repeal a 1994 moratorium on construction of new nuclear power plants.
Minnesota GOP Lawmakers Propose Cutting Business Tax
Republicans who lead the Minnesota Senate are calling for $200 million in business tax cuts and quicker approval of business permits. The first Senate bill introduced Monday would cut the state corporate income tax in half over six years and reduce the business property tax to its 2009 level.
Legislature Wraps Up Light First Week
A lone legislative panel meets Thursday to discuss education policy as the Legislature's short first week wraps up. The House Education Reform Committee has the sole hearing scheduled, mainly to kick off its work for the session that started Tuesday.

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