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State officials, lawmakers give Launch Minnesota program A+ on mid-term report card

HF2066 would make mid-course adjustments to the program to ensure it will be ready to transition from a state-supported program

DFL lawmaker renews push to ensure disabled workers earn minimum wage

HF439, sponsored by Rep. Jay Xiong (DFL-St. Paul), would require all workers with disabilities to earn at least the prevailing minimum wage by Aug. 1, 2025, with new a task force building a phase-out plan.

Public safety panel OKs measure to keep probationers out of jail for minor violations

Proposed legislation would prevent courts from jailing people for minor, first-time parole violations, such as violating a curfew or getting a traffic ticket.

Long-standing partnership between state, tribal nations could become state law

Since at least the administration of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an executive order has been issued by the governor ordering state agencies to consult with the state’s 11 federally recognized tribal nations in addressing state matters with tribal implications.

House passes bill to permit MN to enforce Canadian orders for protection

Domestic violence victims with protective orders still may feel the need to get far away from their abusers, even across international borders. But if an abuser follows, cur...

Minnesota Zoo could get another state funding boost

HF1989, sponsored by Rep. John Huot (DFL-Rosemount), would increase the zoo's fiscal year 2021 allocation by $1.6 million and boost its General Fund allocation from $19.6 million this biennium to $29.5 million next biennium.

Working group urged to study training practices, certification for 911 dispatchers

HF515 would establish a statewide working group to recommend minimum training and set continuing education standards for certification of 911 telecommunicators.

Committee considers a boost in funding — and a revamp — to Corridors of Commerce program

While just about everyone agrees more money is needed for Minnesota’s roads, ongoing funding sources are few and the competition for those dollars among the many worthy construction and maintenance projects is fierce.

Sanneh Foundation mentoring program could receive ongoing state funding

HF1422 would appropriate $4 million to the Sanneh Foundation during the 2022-23 biennium for its youth mentoring program.

Natural gas utilities could go local with alternative sources

HF239, the Natural Gas Innovation Act, would encourage natural gas utilities to develop innovative resources like renewable natural gas, biogas, power-to-hydrogen and power-to-ammonia.

Single-family home repair funds could be allocated to rural cities

Minnesota's rural cities could get funding to fix up ailing single-family homes, which advocates say could help address a shortage of workforce housing outside of the Twin Citie...

Economic development panel OKs $120 million for rural broadband expansion

The bill seeks $120 million in the 2022-23 biennium to bring high-speed broadband internet access to unserved and underserved areas of Greater Minnesota.

Lawmakers seek way to soften blow of spikes in price of natural gas

The attack of the dekatherms may sound like a sci-fi flick, but it may be a real-life conflict headed straight for your wallet.

Benefits for injured police officers would be studied under bill advancing in House

HF1577, sponsored by Rep. Jon Koznick (R-Lakeville), would require the Department of Labor and Industry to study benefits provided to disabled or injured policy officers by Jan. 15, 2022.

Grant program aims to support young adults with learning differences and autism

HF1972 would create a competitive grant program for postsecondary institutions that serve students with autism and learning differences.

Whether you rent or own your home, your tax refund could grow

When you hear “copay” you probably think of health care costs and what your insurance requires when you visit a doctor or buy a prescription. But where you live comes with a “copay,” too.

Educators paying out-of-pocket for school supplies could get additional tax relief

The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 94% of teachers spend their own money to stock their classrooms with supplies and materials.

Regulations on small meat processors catering to hunters could be eliminated

HF356, sponsored by Rep. Mike Sundin (DFL-Esko), would exempt such processors from inspection requirements and allow them to operate without a license or a permit, provided their annual sales are less than $15,000.

'Long-standing structural inequities' the target of Women of Color Opportunity Act

The Women of Color Opportunity Act would establish and fund grant and loan programs for organizations supporting girls and women of color in business, education, employment and finance.

Grants to counties could assist small businesses in recovery from COVID-19

HF1914, sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins), would provide $50 million to Minnesota counties in the current fiscal year to be used for grants to local businesses.

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