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May 2002
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May 14, 2002
Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, House Speaker Steve Sviggum, Senate Minority Leader Dick Day, and House Minority Leader Tom Pugh outline the House-Senate agreement to balance the supplemental budget (Phase 2) for 2002-2003. A question and answer session follows. Real Media format 34 min

April 2002
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Tuesday
April 30, 2002
Ventura spokesperson John Wodele responds to the Attorney General's opinion on closing the Governor's Mansion. John Wodele explains that the Governor will not use the Mansion as his official residence and staff will be let go. However, the Mansion will be maintained, as required, and made available for ceremonial functions. Real Media format 14 min
Tuesday
April 30, 2002
Attorney General Mike Hatch issues an informal opinion on closing the Governor's Mansion Attorney General Hatch's non-binding opinion is that the Governor's Mansion must be maintained by the Commissioner of Administration (in statute)and made available for ceremonial functions. Real Media format 24 min
Monday
April 15, 2002
Senate Minority Leader Dick Day and the Senate Republicans unveil a supplemental budget balancing plan (Phase II). The Senate Republican budget balancing plan makes an 85/15 funding shift in K-12 Education payments($312.5 million); takes $100 million from the Tobacco Endowment Fund (permanent); and shifts County Social Services Aid payments ($36.9 million).

Under the proposal, $155 million is left in the Cash Flow Account with no Budget Reserve monies.

Real Media format 17 min
Monday
April 8, 2002
Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe and House Speaker Steve Sviggum comment on budget negotiations and conference committee progress. Real Media format 17 min

March 2002
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Friday
March 15, 2002
Senator Dean Johnson responds to the Governor's proposal for a new major league baseball stadium. Real Media format 6 min
Friday
March 15, 2002
Governor Ventura, Finance Commissioner Pam Wheelock and Assistant Commissioner Peter Sausen unveil a proposal for a new major league baseball stadium. The plan calls for the state to issue $330 million in revenue bonds for the new ballpark. The taxable bonds would be sold at today's interest rate of 6.5%. The Twins would be expected to pay one-half the stadium cost ($165 million) upfront as a non-refundable gift (the investment earnings wouldn't be taxable.) The interest earned on that gift (estimated at 8.5%) would pay the principal at the end of 30 years and would fund roughly one half of the interest payments over the 30 years. The Twins would make annual payments of approximately $10 million each year to provide the rest of the interest payment.

Under Ventura's plan, no new state taxes would be imposed but the host community will be expected to help pay off the bonds.

Real Media format 19 min
Wednesday
March 6, 2002
Senate Minority Leader Dick Day, Senator Dave Kleis, and Senator Kenric Scheevel unveil the Senate Republican plan to balance the additional $439 million deficit in the current budget.

The plan includes using the following funds to balance the $439 million remaining shortfall:

$65 million from the 21st Century Minerals Fund, $155 million balance from the current cash flow account, and $219 million from the tobacco endowment fund (earmarked for smoking cessation programs.) The proposal does not raise taxes.

Real Media format 16 min

February 2002
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Wednesday
February 27, 2002
Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, Senator Dean Johnson, Senator Dave Johnson, Senator Leo Foley and Senator Keith Langseth release the Senate Democrats Transportation Funding Package. The plan raises $7.5 billion over the next 10 years for roads, bridges and transit. Highlights of the proposal include: a 7 cent gas tax increase (constitutionally dedicated for transportation in rural and metro), authorization of an additional $100 million each year in trunk highway bonds, higher license tab fees for newer cars and trucks, and an 11 county metro area referendum to increase the sales tax by a half-cent to help relieve congestion. Real Media format 27 min
Monday
February 25, 2002
Governor Ventura vetoes the 2002-2003 budget balancing bill. Governor Ventura's veto message was not archived in its entirety. Real Media format 10 min
Monday
February 25, 2002
Pam Wheelock, Commissioner of Finance, and Thomas Stinson, State Economist, release the February budget forecast. The new projected budget deficit for FY 02-03 has increased by $336 million, totalling $2.289 billion. The decline is due in a large part to lower than expected revenues.

The outlook has also worsened for FY 04-05. The budget shortfall for FY 04 is projected to be $1.673 billion and $1.541 billion for FY 05.

Real Media format 37 min
Friday
February 22, 2002
Senator Bob Lessard, Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, House Speaker Steve Sviggum, SEnate Minority Leader Dick Day, Governor Jesse Ventura and House Minority Leader Tom Pugh comment on the tri-partisan meeting regarding the budget balancing bill. House and Senate Leaders and the Administration discuss the Governor's concerns with the budget balancing bill. The group plans to meet again to address these issues. Real Media format 39 min
Friday
February 22, 2002
Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, Ventura Spokesperson John Wodele, Gov. Jesse Ventura, and House Speaker Steve Sviggum respond to the delivery of the budget balancing bill to the Governor. Real Media format 17 min
Tuesday
February 19, 2002
Senate and House leaders reach a budget balancing agreement. Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, House Speaker Steve Sviggum, Senate Minority Leader Dick Day, House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty, Senate Assistant Majority Leader John Hottinger, and Senate Tax Chair Doug Johnson present a proposal to balance the state's budget for the current biennium without raising taxes. The plan draws on $1.3 billion in reserves, reduces permanent spending by $374 million, and makes one-time cuts of $131 million.

The budget balancing agreement is scheduled to be taken up on the House and Senate Floors on Thursday, February 21, 2002.

Real Media format 23 min
Wednesday
February 13, 2002
Senate Minority Leader Dick Day and State Representative Mark Holsten unveil a bill to allow slot machines at Canterbury Park. Sen. Day and Rep. Holsten believe the slots would generate an estimated $55 million in revenues for the state. These funds could be used for various infrastructure projects including a new Twins stadium and/or a Vikings or Gophers stadium.

Randy Sampson, Canterbury Park President, also attended the press conference in support of the bill.

Real Media format 18 min
Friday
February 8, 2002
Assistant Majority Leader John Hottinger responds to the Governor's comments on the House and Senate budget plans. Senator Hottinger defends the Senate's budget plan as being the most moderate and feels most of the Governor's criticisms were directed at the House's budget plan. Real Media format 10 min
Friday
February 8, 2002
Governor Ventura responds to the House Republicans and Senate Democrats budget plans. The Governor criticized both budget packages. One area of contention was that he felt both plans failed to address the long-term impact of the budget deficit. The Governor did not take questions after he made his statement. Real Media format 7 min
Thursday
February 7, 2002
The Minnesota Transportation Coalition unveils a comprehensive transportation funding package. The plan, authored by Senator Dean Johnson (DFL-Willmar) and Representative Tom Workman (R-Chanhassen),authorizes $2.27 billion in new transportation funding over five years. The funding includes: $1.48 billion to highways; $333 million to local roads; and $444 million to transit. General obligation bonds would provide $100 million a year and trunk highway bonds would provide $150 million a year financed with a phased in 3.5 cent gas tax increase in 04 and 05. Also, the plan puts a question on the 2002 ballot to constitutional dedicate all of the motor vehicle sales tax to transportation, providing $1 billion in new funding by 2005.

David Olson, president of the MN Chamber of Commerce and representing the MN Transportation Coalition, also made statements.

Real Media format 24 min

January 2002
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Thursday
January 30, 2002
Session Update coverage of tri-partisan press conference on unicameral proposal. A tri-partisan proposal to put a constitutional amendment before the voters to create a unicameral (or single body) legislature to replace the current bicameral system was discussed at the press conference.

Rep. Ron Abrams, Sen. Dave Kleis, Dean Barkley, Director of Planning,and others spoke in support of the plan.

Real Media format 26 min
Tuesday
January 29, 2002
Senate Republicans discuss issues facing the 2002 legislature. Senate Minority Leader Dick Day outlines the Senate Republicans priorities for the 2002 session including budget and transportation issues. Sen. Dave Kleis, R-St. Cloud, addresses the Fingerhut Corp. situation. Sen. Ed Oliver, R-Deephaven, Sen. Dave Knutson, R-Burnsville, and Sen. Kenric Scheevel, R-Preston,discuss redistricting. The caucus members answer questions from the press. Real Media format 16 min
Tuesday
January 15, 2002
Sen. Dick Day, Senate Minority Leader, outlines the Senate Republican's plan to deal with the state's $1.95 billion budget shortfall. The proposal, called "Kitchen Table Logic," includes: an 18 month hiring freeze for state employees (leaving 3,950 state jobs unfilled); and uses the following funds: $653 million from the budget reserve; $500 million from the state's tobacco settlement; $200 million from the Workers' Compensation Special Fund; $158 million from the Property Tax Account; $95 million from the Assigned Risk Plan and $14 million from the Local Government Aid Reform Account.

Sen. Day was joined by Sen. Bill Belanger and Sen. Cal Larson.

Real Media format 26 min
Tuesday
January 10, 2002
Governor Jesse Ventura, Finance Commissioner Pam Wheelock, and Commissioner of Revenue, Matt Smith, release the Administration's plan to deal with the state's $1.95 billion budget shortfall. The proposal includes spending cuts of $700 million for the current biennium, new taxes or tax
increases to raise nearly $400 million for the current biennium, and the use of the $653 million
budget reserve. In fiscal years 2004-05 the plan cuts $1.3 billion in spending.

Recommendations include the following spending cuts: 1 percent cut in K-12 budget for current
biennium; 2.6 percent for the next biennium; 5 percent cut to U of M and MnSCU in fiscal year
2003; 5.1 percent cut in state aid to cities; 2.8 percent cut in state aid to counties. State agencies are cut 5 to 10 percent under the plan.

Tax increases include: 5 cents increase in gas tax; increase in cigarette tax of 29 cents (from 48 cents a pack to 77 cents); repeal of income-tax reciprocity agreement with Wisconsin, and expanded
sales tax on services/goods not previously taxed (e.g.- car repairs, legal services, newspapers,
magazines.)

The same November budget forecast that projected the $1.95 billion budget deficit for the current biennium projects a $1.2 billion shortfall in 2005 and each year following if changes are not made.

Real Media format 55 min
Tuesday
January 10, 2002
Sen. Roger Moe, Senate Majority Leader, and Rep. Tom Pugh, House Minority Leader, respond to Governor Ventura's budget balancing proposal. The DFL leaders express concern over tax
increases and spending cuts to K-12 education, colleges and universities, and local governments.

(Visit the House Video Streaming Archives, using Windows Media Player, for the House Republican's response.)

Real Media format 19 min



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