Updated: 04/07/2014 5:17 PM
Created: 04/07/2014 4:54 PM KSTP.com
By: Heidi Enninga
In this week's edition of At Issue, Eric Kahnert, in for host Tom Hauser, takes an in-depth look at the local political issues that affect you.
The state House passed a budget plan 70-59 on Thursday, which provides additional funding for K-12 education, road repairs and caregivers for seniors. The state Senate is expected to approve its own budget on Monday.
A house committee approved a bill that lowers the price tag to $77 million for a proposed Senate office building. This plan is a 20 percent cut from previous proposals and includes office space for every single senator instead of a portion and decreases conference room space. Republicans say the plan still costs too much.
The federal government is suing a state senator for $748,000 for not paying back a loan from the Small Business Administration. Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, borrowed $616,000 in 2008 to start a business, but stopped making payments in 2009. Nienow said he has now responded to the suit.
In Political Analysis, Republican strategist Sarah Janecek and Darin Brotin, a DFL strategist, discussed the progress on the Southwest Light Rail line and the state budget.
In Face Off, Brian McClung, Gov. Pawlenty's Deputy Chief of Staff, and Javier Morillo, President of the Service Employees International Union, joined Eric Kahnert to discuss MNsure progress.