STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Dayton would limit surplus spending to $162 million
By Don Davis
A $1.2 billion budget surplus does not mean massive new state spending.
Gov. Mark Dayton made that clear Thursday when he unveiled his plan for election-year budget changes: About half of... Posted on 3/6/14 at 6:43 PM
SENSE AND CENTSIBILITY 4 Tips to Plan your Summer Vacation on a Budget
If you are anything like me, you are ready for this winter to be OVER! But we have a few months to go, and believe or notthat is a good thing. Why? Because it gives you time to sock away some major fu... Posted on 2/27/14 at 12:00 PM
IN THE BLACK Shopping at Costco
The Costco store in our area opened almost a year ago, but I have not been there yet. Since I live alone, I dont feel shopping at bulk buying stores works for me. I have a Sam's membership that I go... Posted on 9/9/13 at 8:26 PM
THIS WOMAN WRITES Food Stamps and Finances
I ran into a blog post this week that asked, Is using food stamps a sin? You've got to admit, the headline was catchy.
The writer described her pastor's stance on the issue ("Yes, it's a sin") and ... Posted on 9/6/13 at 4:56 PM
REAL MONEY Consumers Confused Over Purpose of a Budget
A recent poll on the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) website revealed that 57 percent of respondents misunderstand the purpose of a budget, viewing it as a restriction on their spendi... Posted on 7/12/13 at 9:58 AM
Minnesota legislators knew they were in for a tough year when they arrived at the Capitol on Feb. 4. After three and a half months, they needed another 11 hours to finish the hardest job, eliminating the state’s $3 billion budget deficit.
The Housed voted 97-32 and the Senate 52-14 for a bill that covered a nearly $3 billion state budget deficit. The final vote came at 10:30 a.m. today and ended a brief special session called because lawmakers could not meet their midnight deadline.
Legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty could not balance the state budget by midnight, forcing the Legislature into what was supposed to be a brief special session. Democratic leaders and Republican Pawlenty agreed to begin the special session at 12:01 a.m. today, promising passage of a budget-balancing measure by sunrise. The sun was well up and the budget bill still was not ready.
Last week’s Minnesota Supreme Court ruling deepens the budget challenges facing the state and the Legislature. While I am happy the court ruled the governor does not have unilateral power to set the state’s budget, I am worried about what we need to do to address the extraordinary budget challenges we now face.
The final few days of any legislative session are chaotic. But this year? Anyone who thought the May blizzard the other night was odd can hold on tight for what’ll be coming out of our state capitol over the next few days.
MINNEAPOLIS — Gov. Tim Pawlenty defended the constitutionality of his power to cut state spending Tuesday, arguing in a brief to the Minnesota Supreme Court that he acted within his authority when he cut funding for a state food program for the poor without legislative approval.
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