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Carleton College political analyst on impeachment process

By |2021-01-27T09:26:42-06:00January 27th, 2021|

The impeachment trial against former President Trump is moving forward. Senators were sworn in Tuesday as jurors for the trial. Carleton College political analyst Steven Schier says in addition to hearing the facts of the case, Senators are considering... "First is it constitutional to impeach and convict a president who is out of office." The House impeachment managers on Monday delivered the article accusing Trump of inciting an insurrection. It charges Trump with inciting the deadly violence at the U-S Capitol earlier this month. Trump is the first president to be impeached twice.

GOP reaction to Walz tax increase proposal

By |2021-01-27T09:18:41-06:00January 27th, 2021|

"No tax increases," say Republicans to Governor Tim Walz proposing an income tax increase on the wealthiest Minnesotans and the most profitable corporations. Walz responds: "Just so people out there are listening: If your family is making less than 20 thousand dollars *per week*, this isn't gonna hit you." The governor in his state budget plan says a top-bracket income tax increase would go to increase K-12 school funding, help struggling families and small businesses, and bring back Minnesota's economy sooner. House Republican Leader Kurt Daudt says, “Proposing tax hikes is shockingly tone deaf after Minnesota families and businesses have endured [...]

GOP leaders say “no” to tax increases in Walz state budget proposal

By |2021-01-27T09:17:10-06:00January 27th, 2021|

Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says about the governor's budget proposal: "One of the things that we said and we will continue to say is, we're not going to raise taxes on anyone." Gazelka says Republicans are not going to do a bunch of new policy initiatives but will instead focus on the basics: Get the vaccine out, get kids back in school, and get Minnesota's economy moving again.

Klobuchar Comments on Senate Work

By |2021-01-27T09:10:42-06:00January 27th, 2021|

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar says as the Senate moves forward with the Trump impeachment, other things need to be addressed immediately including the production of more coronavirus vaccinations: "I'm so glad that Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act, so we can get them produced, we can get the distribution center set up." Many states including Minnesota are requesting increased doses to keep up with the demand around the state.

MDH offers more details on Brazilian COVID variant found in MN

By |2021-01-27T09:09:14-06:00January 27th, 2021|

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is confirming the first documented U-S case of the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus in the state. MDH's Dr. Ruth Lynfield says the patient is a Twin Cities resident with a recent travel history to Brazil. "The variant was found through the MDH's variant surveillance program. each week this program collects random samples from testing partners and then we conduct special testing using whole-genome sequencing." Dr. Lynfield says while the Brazilian variant is thought to be more transmissible than the initial strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, it is not clear yet whether [...]

Walz in state budget proposes income tax increases for wealthiest, most profitable corporations

By |2021-01-27T09:07:22-06:00January 27th, 2021|

Governor Tim Walz as expected is proposing an income tax increase on the wealthiest Minnesotans -- households with incomes over a million dollars -- and on what he terms "large, profitable companies": "A million Minnesota families will see cuts to their income tax. We're gonna ask the top point-seven percent to pay a little bit more. So one percent (tax increase) on the one percent (highest income) is about what we're looking at." Walz is calling for 1.3 billion dollars in what he calls "new investments" -- including a 3.5 percent increase in funding for K-12 education over two years, 50 [...]

Klobuchar Gives Update on Senate Work

By |2021-01-26T06:13:41-06:00January 26th, 2021|

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar says as the Senate moves forward with the Trump impeachment, other things need to be addressed immediately including the production of more coronavirus vaccinations: "I'm so glad that Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act, so we can get them produced, we can get the distribution center set up." Many states including Minnesota are requesting increased doses to keep up with the demand around the state.

Walz state budget plan will include upper bracket income tax increase

By |2021-01-26T06:11:53-06:00January 26th, 2021|

Governor Walz is expected to unveil his state budget proposal today (Tues). Carleton College political scientist says there will be plenty of wrangling between Republicans and Democrats... "So the question is where and how can you cut spending and where and how can you raise taxes. There are reports that the governor is going to propose an increase in the taxes on high-income Minnesotans and Republicans will be opposed to that." The Democrat-led House supports the governor's proposal to increase taxes on the state's highest earners. Lawmakers must agree on a budget to avoid a shutdown.

MDH continues to press for federal help on COVID vaccines

By |2021-01-26T06:00:53-06:00January 26th, 2021|

Amid growing demand for COVID vaccines and supply shortages, officials announced Monday there will be updates made to the state's community vaccination efforts. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says local officials are pressing the federal government for more guidance... "And we will continue to do that anticipating news in coming days and weeks from the federal government on what we might expect from more vaccines in the pipeline and potentially more supply coming from the manufacturers of the ones that are currently approved." On Monday, the Minnesota Health Department announced updates for vaccinating people 65 and older and a mass vaccination [...]

Republicans say Walz K-12 school plan is short on substance

By |2021-01-26T05:59:21-06:00January 26th, 2021|

"Platitudes... but not any substance" says a key House Republican about Governor Tim Walz's "Due North" plan for schools that he rolled out the day before today's (Tues) announcement on his state budget proposal. Walz wants school funding reform... more opportunities for students of color and those in Greater Minnesota... and the best teaching workforce in the nation: "It's investing in our children and, again, if that's not good enough, if that doesn't lift you up enough, our state's future is dependent on that." Republican Representative Ron Kresha from Little Falls responds the governor's plan doesn't give specifics on improving reading [...]

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