STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Political notebook: Forecast to take budget temperature
By Don Davis
One of the big days of the Minnesota legislative session arrives Thursday, when state fiscal leaders announce how state revenues and spending are doing.
The budget forecast, released tw... Posted on 2/22/13 at 4:21 PM
Byberg wins Bemidji area forum's straw poll in 7th The candidates — four in the 7th and four in the 8th — attended a two-hour forum at BSU’s Beaux Arts Ballroom with about 150 people sitting in either the 7th side or the 8th side of the room.
It is a conservative candidate’s dream: the chance to accuse a judge of taking over powers that should be left to legislators and governors.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a probable 2012 Republican presidential candidate, enjoyed that opportunity when Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled that he violated the state constitution last summer in making budget cuts.
When he announced he will appeal, Pawlenty warned there now is a danger that the state budget “will be run out of the courthouse.”
It appears Minnesotans will go to the polls for the 2010 primary election in August, a month earlier than usual. A new federal law gives military and other overseas voters 45 days to deal with mail-in general election ballots, but a September primary election leaves too little time to prepare for the general election. Several Minnesota lawmakers plan to move a bill through the 2010 Legislature soon after it convenes Feb. 4.
The EPA had proposed a rule requiring all ships operating on the Great Lakes to burn low-sulfur marine diesel fuel, a change that the agency said could prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths. But it would have required that 13 older steam-engine ships in the U.S.-flagged fleet be repowered at an estimated cost of about $22 million per vessel.
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