A bill that would allow citizens more freedom to use deadly force is now on a fast track to Gov. Mark Dayton. The Senate passed the bill Thursday with bipartisan support in a 40-23 vote after heated debate.
The Senate has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill requiring teachers to pass a skills test. The bill requires Minnesota teachers to pass a basic skills test in reading, writing and math before they receive a teaching license.
The push is on to make Minnesota a state where union membership is optional at companies that have unions. Several Republicans proposed Thursday to add a so-called right to work provision to the state constitution.
When Republican lawmakers rolled out their agenda for the upcoming state legislative session yesterday (Thursday), one of the areas they targeted was stricter requirements for people on public assistance.
Minnesota lawmakers are floating the idea of eliminating payouts to state workers for unused sick and vacation time. Republican State Representative King Banaian is also a state employee -- he's a professor at St. Cloud State University. He says that benefit should not be eliminated.
Minnesota lawmakers are braced for bad news with Thursday's release of a state economic forecast. Expectations at the Capitol are for somewhere between $500 million to $1 billion in red ink in the state general fund.
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