STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Notebook: Klobuchar, 13 others push bipartisan shutdown relief
By Don Davis
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar rose to become one of the most sought-after political talking heads in recent weeks.
The Minnesota Democrat appeared on numerous cable television and radio news sh... Posted on 10/21/13 at 8:30 AM
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 7:26 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 3:56 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 8:58 AM
SENSE AND CENTSIBILITY Budget Help Tip of the Week: Saving at the Grocery Store
Before our last grocery excursion, my wife and I were discussing at which market we would spend our hard earned dollars. After much debating we decided there had to be a better (and cheaper) way to sh... Posted on 5/8/13 at 9:09 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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