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Rural Minnesota needs medical healing, and U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he has part of a cure. The Minnesota Democrat said Monday that he is pushing three bills to help bring better medical services to rural areas: One would provide more ways to get to health-care services, including increasing payments to those who provide transportation. Also, increased broadband high-speed Internet funding would come to rural areas to connect rural residents to city doctors.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Minnesota's Republican national convention delegates hope the party can unite before the November election, but many are not certain.
The big question politicos discuss these days is how a Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump presidential race would affect races such as for the state Legislature.
Minnesota Democrats and Republicans agree on the need for a special legislative session, but that does not mean one is certain.
Legislation that could give tax breaks to a majority of Minnesotans appeared to be on a slow-motion slide to its death Monday, perhaps taking with it any chance for transportation and other public works project funding. The tax bill would have provided $800 million in tax cuts over three years to people as varied as farmers, veterans, parents and students, but was held up by a one-word mistake that could cost the state $101 million.
So it now is negotiation by letter.
The Minnesota state representative responsible for drawing up legislation funding public works projects statewide said he is "nervous" about getting a second chance for passing the $1 billion measure.
Minnesota legislators introduced 7,763 bills in the 2015-2016 legislative period, most of which went nowhere. Here is a look at some of the bills that passed or did not pass this year, including some still awaiting Gov. Mark Dayton’s approval. Animal trusts: Minnesotans will be able to put money away in trusts so after they die there will be money to care for pets.
Two failures may equal success. The Minnesota House and Senate failed to pass their public works funding bills, but in the three days lawmakers have left this year, major legislative players expect those defeated bills to be merged into one that funds rail safety, college building repairs, flood prevention and other projects around Minnesota.