Friday, January 4, 2013
With so many challenges on the table, Patch wants to know what issues you think are most important.
With another legislative session just around the corner, senators and representatives have no shortage of challenges ahead of them. Lawmakers plan to convene hearings on gun control in the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. They’ll review a recommendation from a governor-appointed task force to increase gas taxes and tab fees in response to a projected $50 billion shortfall in transportation funding. The DFL majority and defeat of the marriage amendment in the 2012 election could even prompt the Legislature to take up the issue of gay marriage. And looming over everything is a projected $1.1 billion deficit that legislators will have to close before adjourning for the year. With so many issues on the …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney duked it out in Denver, CO.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney duked it out tonight in their first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado. Patch live-blogged the debate, which featured the candidates touching on domestic issues like health care, PBS funding, and America's energy sources. You can watch the entire debate on YouTube Politics. Some of the points that resonated with our live-blog panelists were split on who came out on top: Here's a sampling of responses on Twitter:
Monday, January 24, 2011
Minnesota House Republicans introduced a bill this week to make cuts that would reduce the state's $6.2 billion deficit by $1 billion
Last week, Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives introduced a bill that would make about $1 billion in cuts, to reduce the state's $6.2 billion deficit. The bill brings back to discussion the one-time cuts legislators agreed upon last year, and would make those permanent for this year. They include cuts to local government funding, public university funding, rebates for renters and grants for social service programs that serve children. While neither of Apple Valley's House legislators—Rep. Kurt Bills and Rep. Tara Mack—are authors of the bill, they and Sen. Chris Gerlach will be involved overall in balancing the budget. "Here’s a way that we can make the mountain a little less steep to climb," Mack said of the bill. Bills…