Christina Wessel: Make Minnesota's budget add up to a future that worksAlthough I hate to admit it, the state's budget is more than a bunch of numbers. I really enjoy immersing myself in general-fund balance statements and legislative committee spreadsheets, but I know the figures should add up to a vision for the future of our state. Right now, the figures may not add up as nicely as we'd like, but that's no reason to give up on that vision. ... Read More
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Budget forecast could fuel debate on taxes Tuesday marks a day many lawmakers have been dreading -- the release of the state's updated economic forecast. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has indicated that forecast could show the state's budget deficit has swelled from $4.8 billion to $7 billion. Wary that the grim update might spur Democrats to push for tax increases, Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem is urging against that option. In an e-mail to th... Read More
Justice at stake in state's budgetingThe Minnesota Court of Appeals on Feb. 10 reversed a Chicago woman's conviction for third- and fourth-degree assault on a St. Paul police officer, because nine months elapsed between the incident and her district court trial. "Appellant was deprived her right to a speedy trial as guaranteed by the U.S. and Minnesota constitutions," wrote the court, in a decision that some court watchers fear will become more c... Read More
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