At The Capitol

by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has softened the edges of the gun debate at the State Capitol. At least that’s what some believe. “I think the Connecticut tragedy really brought a sea change in attitude,” said House Public Safety Finance and Policy Chairman Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul. Rural […]

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by Howard Lestrud ECM Political Editor It’s been two days since Gov. Mark Dayton released his budget for the 2014-15 biennium and reactions to this bold package are coming from all points of the planet. The latest hostility shown to Dayton’s tax and invest plan came  Thursday afternoon from Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) conventioners at […]

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  by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter State officials took the unprecedented step of crafting two November state budget forecasts, the second and more dire showing the economic wallop of having the nation plunge off the federal fiscal cliff. It’s a tale of two outcomes. “This isn’t a gloomy forecast,” State Economist Tom Stinson said […]

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