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New State Budget Comes with Higher Costs for MinnesotaCare

Monthly premiums for Minnesota's health care program for the working poor are increasing in August. The new premium increases for MinnesotaCare vary based on income. The hikes range from as little as an extra $8 to as much as an additional $30. The new maximum monthly payment is $80...


  • Dayton Says Minnesota Will Net Extra $650M in Health Care Savings

    Governor Mark Dayton says the first year of statewide competitive bidding for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare contracts will save the state $650 million.  That's on top of another 1 billion dollars in savings since 2011, when the governor and GOP lawmakers who controlled the House and Senate passed a bill authorizing the bidding process....

  • In this July 23, 2015, photo, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during a brief stop at a campaign event in Laredo, Texas. Trump Exciting GOP... And Dangling Prospect of 3rd Party Bid

    The prospect that Donald Trump might eventually leave the Republican primaries and run for president as an independent has started to cast a shadow on the race. And it's reviving memories of Ross Perot, Ralph Nader and the chills their third-party campaigns gave to Republicans and Democrats alike....

  • Obama Convinced He Could Win Third Term

    Could President Barack Obama win a third term in office? He's convinced that he could -- if he were allowed to do so. Speaking in Ethiopia today, Obama urged African leaders to leave office peacefully after their terms expire...
      

  • Walker Calls Bucks Arena 'Good Deal All the Way Around'

    Gov. Scott Walker says the bill passed by the state Assembly committing $250 million in taxpayer money toward paying for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena a "good deal all the way around." Walker made his comments Tuesday while speaking with reporters...

  • U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech to the African Union, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Obama: Africa Must Create Jobs for Its Next Generation

    President Barack Obama says creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation is Africa's most urgent task. Obama says Africa's population is predicted to double in the coming decades, and to include many people younger than 18...

  • The fine for texting while driving will increase to $225 starting Aug. 1 New Minn. Laws Kick in on Aug. 1

    This week, more than a dozen new Minnesota laws will kick in. Most were passed during the last legislative session. One of the major new laws deals with a fine increase for texting and driving...

  • In this June 2, 2015, file photo Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. GOP House Chairman Calls on Obama to Remove IRS Commissioner

    The Republican chairman of a powerful House committee is calling for the removal of the IRS commissioner, saying he has obstructed congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups....

  • With New Bump, Minnesota Ushers in Region's Top Minimum Wage

    Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour. The dollar-per-hour bump taking effect Saturday for some 288,000 of Minnesota's lowest-paid workers is the second of a three-stage increase adopted in 2014...
      

  • GOP Lawmakers Call to Arm More Military Members

    Some Republican lawmakers want more members of the military carrying weapons in light of a deadly shooting at military facilities in Tennessee. A group of GOP legislators on Monday announced a bill in the works to exempt active duty members of the military and Minnesota's National Guard from the state's gun permitting process...

  • Governor Moving Quickly for Mille Lacs Special Session

    Gov. Mark Dayton is moving quickly to call a special session to provide relief for the Mille Lacs Lake area. Walleye fishing is an integral part of the Mille Lacs Lake economy, driving tourists to resorts and other businesses...

  • Panel Sends Dayton Names of 3 Women for Supreme Court Slot

    The names of two judges and the city attorney for Minneapolis have been forwarded to Gov. Mark Dayton as the candidates he should consider to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Alan Page...
      

  • Congress Pushes Ahead on Highway Bill after Senate Smackdown

    Lawmakers are pushing forward on must-pass highway legislation after an amendment reviving the federal Export-Import Bank provoked a heated clash on the Senate floor. The amendment advanced over a procedural hurdle by a vote of 67-26 in an unusual Sunday session, and was likely to win approval Monday to be included on the highway bill...

  • Cuban flags fly beside the United States embassy in Havana, Cuba. Malaysia, Cuba Taken Off US Human Trafficking Blacklist

    The State Department has taken Malaysia and Cuba off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery. That could leave the U.S. open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report...

  • From left, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, President Obama, and Kenyan first lady Margaret Kenyatta. Obama in Kenya: 'Africa is on the Move'

    President Barack Obama says good-governance and inclusivity for women and minorities are keys to entrepreneurship taking off in Africa. Obama is speaking at a U.S.-sponsored business summit in Nairobi, Kenya. He says to create successful entrepreneurs, governments also must create transparency, rule of law and an environment that fights corruption....

  • In this July 7, 2015, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City, Iowa. Hillary Clinton to Testify Before Benghazi Panel in October

    Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign says the former secretary of state will testify Oct. 22 before the House committee investigating the deaths of four Americans in the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. The committee would not immediately confirm that date...










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