Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the state Legislature are at an impasse over $138 million in emergency school aid and a plan that would cut taxes for 2.2 million Minnesotans. As the legislative session entered its final week Monday, Dayton said at a news conference that he would not negotiate or sign a Republican tax bill unless lawmakers consider his one-time school spending plan. "I won't stand for it," the DFL governor said of GOP resistance to the proposal. "I won't agree to it." "I will not engage in any negotiations on the tax bill or sign any tax bill until we have an agreement to provide emergency school aid," he said. Republicans say there's no time to hold hearings on school aid, and said a special session would be needed to consider it. Holding hearings and acting before the Legislature adjourns, said Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, would be "next to impossible." "It's too much too late" in the session, he said. Dayton said that he would meet … [Read more...] about Dayton, GOP at odds over school aid, taxes
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WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - Meghan McCain on Friday questioned how the White House aide who disparaged her ailing father, Republican U.S. Senator John McCain, during a meeting, still has a job.Kelly Sadler, a White House communications aide, dismissed Senator McCain's objection to President Donald Trump's nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, by saying that it "doesn't matter, he's dying anyway," a source familiar with the closed White House meeting told Reuters.Speaking on the ABC show "The View," which she co-hosts, Meghan McCain said she wanted to inform Sadler that her father's battle with brain cancer has made her realize the meaning of life was "not how you die, it is how you live.""I don’t understand what kind of environment you're working in when that would be acceptable, and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job," McCain said. 13 PHOTOS John McCain and family through the years See Gallery John McCain and family through the years … [Read more...] about McCain’s daughter slams White House aide’s ‘he’s dying’ comments
Gov. Mark Dayton took his pitch for emergency school aid from the halls of the State Capitol to Minnesota school hallways on Wednesday. From Rochester to Rosemount, the governor is touring the state's schools to appeal to local legislators to pass his $137.9 million plan that would boost education funding before Minnesota school districts are forced this summer to lay off hundreds of teachers and draw down reserves. "This is an emergency," Dayton said outside Parkview Elementary School in Lakeville, part of the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district, which has a $12 million budget deficit this year. "The effects of that are going to be just devastating on the children ... there's no going back to third-grade or fifth-grade; if the resource isn't there, they miss out. This couldn't be more important." His last-ditch proposal was prompted by news coverage of this year's school shortfalls — which are the largest amounts reported in years. According to a survey by the … [Read more...] about Gov. Mark Dayton takes his last-minute pitch for school aid to Minnesota schools
OLIVIA, Minn. — The owners of a south-central Minnesota home destroyed by fire in January have now been charged in connection with that fire. Jeffrey George Ackerson Jr., 34, of Bird Island is facing felony charges of arson, insurance fraud and cruelty to animals, while his wife, Sheena Marie Ackerson, 36, has been charged with one felony count of aiding and abetting insurance fraud. The home was deemed a complete loss, and the family dog was killed in the fire on Jan. 15. The couple received two checks from American Family Insurance for $5,000 each, along with temporary housing in Hector, paid for by the insurance company, Renville County District Court documents said. The couple both endorsed and deposited the checks, documents said. In a recorded statement to law enforcement on Feb. 8, Ackerson said he was frustrated with the progress of remodeling the house, along with the family bills. When his wife and children had left the house Jan. 15, he said he went into the … [Read more...] about Fire destroyed their house and killed their dog. Now, Minnesota couple accused of arson and insurance fraud.
With the possibility of pipeline protests looming in Minnesota, lawmakers are considering a new felony offense for anyone training or recruiting protesters who damage “critical infrastructure.” Supporters of the legislation say it’s necessary to bolster public safety for pipelines, power lines, oil refineries, railroads, airports and other important facilities. Opponents say the legislation is an overreach intended to chill public protests. Either way, bills pending in Minnesota are similar to legislation in at least five other states. They come amid a protest movement against oil pipelines, particularly the construction of new ones — like Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 replacement across northern Minnesota. The legislation would penalize “whoever intentionally recruits, trains, aids, advises, hires [or] counsels” somebody else to commit property damage on a pipeline or other “critical public service facility.” Such an act would be a … [Read more...] about Proposed Minnesota law targets those who train or recruit protesters who damage ‘critical infrastructure’