A moderate Minnesota Republican known for his work on health care legislation plans a U.S. Senate campaign. State Rep. Jim Abeler of Anoka Tuesday announced his intention to challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, known for being his own biggest political benefactor, said Wednesday he doesn't plan to use personal money in his 2014 re-election campaign on quite the scale of his last two campaigns.
Amy Koch, the former state Senate majority leader from Buffalo, says Tuesday she's not running. Koch, who left her leadership post and later the Senate after 2011 revelations of her extramarital affair with an aide, says she got numerous contacts from people encouraging her to run.
Minnesota lawmakers went out of their way to put a dent in property taxes by heaping hundreds of millions of new dollars into state allowances to schools and local governments. They also bolstered programs that supply direct-to-homeowner tax credits.
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