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2010 Archive Video Collection

Capitol Reports

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Sat January 9, 2010Implications of a unilateral decision by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to balance the state's budget could unfold. Moderator Julie Bartkey discusses the issue with House Majority Leader Tony Sertich and Minority Leader Kurt Zellers. Rep. Erin Murphy outlines the DFL plan to revive the GAMC program, and Sen. Dick Day discusses his political career, which is ending after nearly two decades in the Minnesota Senate.28mn 41s
Sun January 17, 2010The effort to get Minnesotans back to work ramps up with lawmakers preparing a capital improvements bill. Moderator Julie Bartkey discusses proposed projects for the U of M and MnSCU with Higher Education Budget Chair Sandy Pappas and Senator Claire Robling, the lead Republican on the committee. Senator Kathy Saltzman, chair of the Charter School Subcommittee, previews options for tightening school lease aid. 28mn 26s
Sun January 24, 20102010 is a major election year in Minnesota, and Senator Ann Rest, Chair of the State and Local Gov't Oversight Committee discusses her bill to set guidelines for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV)in local elections. Republican Chris Gerlach believes RCV is unconstitutional and explains why to moderator Julie Bartkey. Senator Mee Moua is the first Hmong American to be elected to the legislature. She gives her Inside Perspective on her new life in America.28mn 35s
Sun January 31, 2010Home foreclosures are expected to spike in 2010. Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Mpls) discusses his idea for a 2 year moratorium. Sen. Ray Vandeveer (R-Forest Lake) gives his perspective on the bill and the components he believes could pass. After 18 years in the MN Senate, Steve Murphy will retire. He sits down with Julie Bartkey to discuss his political career. 28mn 41s
Sun February 7, 2010Creating jobs and resolving the state's $1.2 billion dollar deficit are the top priorities for the 2010 legislature. Senate Assistant Majority Leader Tarryl Clark and Minority Leader David Senjem talk about bonding, balancing the budget, and other high profile issues. Representative Alice Hausman, Chair of the House Capital Investment Committee, details the House bonding bill and the plan for early passage. Finally, Julie Bartkey sits down with newly-elected Senator Mike Parry to get his perspective on what he brings to the legislature.28mn 38s
Sun February 14, 2010Predictions of a quick passage of the Senate bonding bill are realized. Senate Chair Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, sits down with moderator Julie Bartkey to outline the bill and defend the amount of borrowing for public improvement projects. Senate Republican Geoff Michel, GOP-Edina, conveys his concerns about the amount and urgency of the bill. House Leaders, Rep. Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, and Kurt Zellers, GOP-Maple Grove, discuss their visions for the 2010 session. Finally, Governor Tim Pawlenty delivers his plan for job growth in his last State of the State Address. 28mn 49s
Sun February 21, 2010Senator James Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, and Sen. Amy Koch, GOP-Buffalo, offer differing views on jump starting employment; Senator Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, explains why Minnesota's primary will be moved to August, and Senator David Senjem, GOP-Rochester, explains his role as the Senate Minority Leader.28mn 49s
Fri February 26, 2010Senator Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, releases his plan to allow slot machines at Minnesota's race tracks, and Senator David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, highlights his proposal to place the lottery devices in bars throughout Minnesota. Senator David Hann, GOP-Eden Prairie, offers his perspective on why gambling is not the best vehicle for addressing state budget issues. Plus, host Julie Bartkey talks with Senate President James Metzen about his role in presiding over the Senate. 28mn 27s
Sun March 7, 2010This week on Capitol Report, victims of domestic abuse rally at the Capitol, and Minnesota's primary election will be moved to August. Host Julie Bartkey talks with MMB Commissioner Tom Hanson and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tarryl Clark about the latest budget news. Plus, Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, explains his proposal for recognizing same-sex marriages in state law, and Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, offers his perspective on keeping the current law intact.28mn 37s
Sun March 14, 2010Two controversial bills gain hearings: Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, discusses his bill to expand sales tax to clothing and to use some of the revenue for school funding. Bakk's plan also would cut the overall sales tax rate. Republican Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, says the state is heading in the wrong direction with its tax policies, and he discusses with host Julie Bartkey what he believes is wrong with the system. Finally, Sen. Jim Carlson, DFL-Eagan, details his bill to require financial guarantees to the state for nonferrous mining. 28mn 24s
Sun March 21, 2010Two big bills that relied on negotiations with the Governor's office are detailed in this week's Capitol Report. Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, and Sen. Dennis Fredrickson, R-New Ulm, offer their impressions on the final bonding bill. Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, provides insight on the final General Assistance Medical Care bill and the negotiations that went into crafting the final product. Frederickson also discusses with Julie Bartkey his view of a bill that provides $26M for environmental projects in the state.28mn 30s
Sun March 28, 2010On this week's Capitol Report, a new health plan for the poor. Plus, an alternative way to prepare potential teachers. Host Julie Bartkey sits down with Senate author Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) to discuss the initiative. Tom Dooher, President of Education Minnesota, details why the union opposes the bill and offers other education reform ideas. Sen. Gen Olson (R-Minnetrista) gives her perspective as a former school teacher on education reform. Finally, Sen. Jim Vickerman (DFL-Tracy) discusses his idea to use a scratch off lottery game to fund Veterans programs.28mn 25s
Sun April 4, 2010Moderator Julie Bartkey recaps the significant legislation that has passed at the midpoint of session. She interviews Senators on the pace of session and their goals following Spring break. Interviews include DFL Senators John Marty and David Tomassoni, Republican Leader Sen. David Senjem, Dennis Fredrickson, and Pat Pariseau. 28mn 34s
Sun April 11, 2010A new law designed to spur construction jobs and new, small business investments is detailed by Senate author Tom Bakk. Republican Sen. Ray Vandeveer explains why he was one of three Senators opposed to the initiative. Sen. Ellen Anderson discusses with moderator Julie Bartkey two issues she feels are very important: the growing need for charging stations for electric and plug in hybrid vehicles, and dangerous carbon monoxide levels in indoor ice arenas. Finally, a bill would give parents quick notification if their child's teacher is under investigation for abuse.28mn 24s
Sun April 18, 2010Discussions are gaining momentum on financing options for a new Viking Stadium. Julie Bartkey gets insight on a proposal by Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, Viking President of Government Affairs Lester Bagley, and a key Senate GOP perspective from Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen. Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, details his dwi ignition interlock legislation and how it could keep drunk drivers off the roads.28mn 31s
Sun April 25, 2010Minnesota's Education Commissioner Alice Seagren discusses the next Race to the Top application and required education reforms needed for a successful application. Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville, gives her perspective on the governor's education reform recommendations and how House reform initiatives. Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, provides a broad policy perspective on a "bottom-up" approach to reform. Finally, the Senate gives its green light to the University of Minnesota deciding where alcohol should be sold in campus stadiums.28mn 25s
Sun May 2, 2010Health care budget chairs Rep. Tom Hutley (DFL-Duluth) and Sen. Linda Berglin (DFL-Minneapolis) outline their respective proposals to cut the health and human services budget. Republican Senator Paul Koering (Fort Ripley) explains the potential impacts of pending cuts on rural hospitals. Further, Sen. Steve Murphy offers his perspective on the recent deadly crashes involving young drivers and the graduated drivers license law. 28mn 24s
Sun May 2, 2010Health care budget chairs Rep. Tom Hutley (DFL-Duluth) and Sen. Linda Berglin (DFL-Minneapolis) outline their respective proposals to cut the health and human services budget. Republican Senator Paul Koering (Fort Ripley) explains the potential impacts of pending cuts on rural hospitals. Further, Sen. Steve Murphy offers his perspective on the recent deadly crashes involving young drivers and the graduated drivers license law. 28mn 24s
Mon May 10, 2010The State Supreme Courts ruling on the Governor's use of the unallotment statute may greatly impact the budget deficit. The Governor and DFL leaders react to the news and its impacts. Sen.Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, and Education ranking minority member Sen. Gen Olson, R-Minnestrista, give perspective on the education bills, which contain $14 million dollars in cuts and many reform measures. 28mn 31s
Sun May 23, 2010Moderator Julie Bartkey recaps the 2010 Legislative Session and talks with Dr. Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute about the successes and failures of state policy and governance. Bartkey also features the forthcoming enhanced driver licenses and talks with Senator Tom Bakk, DFL - Cook, about the stalled Vikings stadium effort. Finally, Retiring Senator Dennis Fredrickson, R - New Ulm, talks about his tenure as Senate President Pro Tem.28mn 24s
Sun May 30, 2010Secretary of State Mark Ritchie details the changes voters need to know as the primary election draws near. Newly-appointed Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Michael Pugliese discusses the impact of the legislative session on Minnesota veterans and the need to get them connected with programs. Finally, Senate Taxes Chair Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, says his staff will begin work shortly on revising the tax structure.28mn 24s
Sun June 6, 2010Securing support from the 2011 legislature for slot machines at Minnesota's racetracks begins in earnest this election season. Racino Now President Dick Day talks with host Julie Bartkey about his organization's effort to elect pro-Racino candidates. Plus, Senators Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, and Bill Ingebrigsten, R-Alexandria, reflect on the Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct's decision regarding Chaudhary's involvement to secure Walleye restrictions on Fish Lake Reservoir, where he owns a cabin.28mn 24s
Sun June 13, 2010A 3,000-acre land purchase puts in motion a new Lake Vermilion State Park. DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten explains to Julie Bartkey the long term vision for the state asset. Minnesota apologizes, via a resolution, for past policies that institionalized those with mental illness. Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, explains what the apology means to the state and the victims. Sen. Don Betzold, DFL-Fridley, details the financial health of Minnesota's public pension funds.28mn 24s
Sun June 20, 2010Unemployment numbers improve while home foreclosure trends continue. On this week's Capitol Report program, Commissioner Dan McElroy of the Dept. of Employment and Economic Development offers an optimistic perspective on employment trends. Senate Commerce Chair Linda Scheid, DFL-Brooklyn Park, outlines current and pending efforts to help homeowners break free of the foreclosure cycle, and Chip Halbach of the Minnesota Housing Partnership talks about the ongoing trends in homelessness and home foreclosures.28mn 25s
Sun June 27, 2010It has been nearly a month since changes to the health care program for the state's poorest took effect. Moderator Julie Bartkey talks with Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman, Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, and Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, about the impact of the revised General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) program and Governor Pawlenty's recent decision not to allow for early Medicaid enrollment. Also, Sen. Mee Moua, DFL-St. Paul, the nation's first Hmong-American legislator, explains why she chose to retire and reflects on her political career.28mn 25s
Sun July 4, 2010A panel of citizens and legislators are busy prioritizing about $50 million dollars in environmental projects for consideration by the 2011 legislature. Host Julie Bartkey talks with co-chairs Rep. Jean Wagenius, DFL-Mpls, and citizen-member Nancy Gibson about pending projects. Plus, Rep. Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake, highlights the importance of bringing agriculture experience to the table. Two retiring members, Sen. Dennis Frederickson, R-New Ulm, and Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, along with Sen. Ellen Anderson. DFL-St. Paul, reflect on the value of the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).28mn 26s
Sun July 18, 2010Access to health care remains a high priority issue for many legislators. On this week's Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Mary Krinkie of the Minnesota Hospital Association about the progress of the newly-implemented health care access program for the very poor. Plus, Senator John Marty, DFL-Roseville, is meeting with groups throughout the state advocating his Minnesota Health Plan, which would create one plan for all Minnesotans with premiums based on ability to pay. Plus, Representative Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, contends that Minnesota should avoid short-term federal medical assistance dollars and it should become a campaign issue.28mn 25s
Sun August 1, 2010Several new laws go into effect August 1st, and host Julie Bartkey delves into three of them with the bill authors. The most prominent is "Kelsey's law," and house author Sheldon Johnson explains why cell phone companies are now required to help law enforcement officials tackle missing person cases. August 10th is Minnesota's primary election day, and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie explains the reason for the August, rather than September, date.28mn 26s
Sun August 8, 2010Dr. Larry Jacobs, Director of the Center for the Study of Policy and Governance at the Humphrey Institute, offers an academic perspective on the influence of corporate campaign funding. Host Julie Bartkey also talks with House Capital Investment Finance Chair Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, about the recent $865 million dollar bond issuance, and Senator Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista, calls for strengthening the law preventing authority figures from having sex with teenagers they coach, teach or supervise.28mn 26s
Sat August 14, 2010Sec. of State Mark Ritchie shares his insight on the factors contributing to a high primary voter turnout. Chairs of the DFL and GOP parties, Brain Melendez and Tony Sutton, give perspective on the primary results and their messages as they head into the general election.28mn 26s
Sat August 21, 2010It's a record year for road projects in Minnesota, and MNDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel gives a synopsis on the number, scope, and budget of the 2010 construction season. Outgoing Senator Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, gives his perspective on the final NTSB report on the 35W bridge collapse and whether he believes the state's bridges are currently safe.28mn 26s
Sun August 29, 2010With half a billion eggs recalled nationwide because of salmonella, Minnesota Ag Commissioner Gene Hugoson explains to moderator Julie Bartkey why he believes our food is safe. Senate Tax Chair Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, provides insight on proposals to change the state's tax structure including expanding but lowering the sales tax. Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, gives his perspective on the proposals.28mn 26s
Sat September 4, 2010A growing trend of jailing people because of their debt has Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, discussing his proposed legislation to curtail the problem. Sen. Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel, gives his perspective on how far government should go in regulating debt collectors. Plus, Senate Minority Leader David Senjem answers broad policy questions put to him at the State Fair.28mn 30s
Sun September 12, 2010State lawmakers learn that Minnesota may need to borrow money in December to improve its cash flow. Plus, Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, and Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, disagree on whether Minnesota should secure or decline discretionary federal health care grants. Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller answers host Julie Bartkey's four policy questions. Plus, a primer on how anyone can impact the lawmaking process from two people who decided to get involved.28mn 24s
Sat September 18, 2010The inagural meeting of the Ladder Out of Poverty Task Force results in a working plan to tackle poverty. Sen. Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel, co-chair of the panel, offers his perspective on ending poverty by the year 2020. Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, talks about her efforts to curb sex trafficking, which is on the rise on Minnesota. Plus, Sen. Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista, highlights a plan to reduce the size of the state legislature.28mn 30s
Sun September 26, 2010Your involvment in the political process can extend beyond the voting booth. On this edition of Capitol Report, legislators offer tips on ways to best contact them and stories from those who decided to become active in the lawmaking process.28mn 30s
Sun October 3, 2010Organized efforts to deter distracted driving are featured in this week's Capitol Report. Host Julie Bartkey interviews Rep. Frank Horenstein about a new website encouraging safe driving and 2011 legislative efforts to keep our roads save. Plus, Senator Ann Lynch, DFL-Rochester, explains what lawmakers are doing to address a work force shortage within the health care industry. Also, a key task force to streamline immigration service is wrapping up its work, and chair Sen. Patricia Torres Rayhighlights possible actions to aid new Americans.28mn 30s
Sun October 10, 2010Julie Bartkey sits down for an extensive interview with gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner. It is the first of three interviews with the men who are vying to lead the state. Plus, Commissioner Dan McElroy of the Dept. of Employment and Economic Development reflects on the Pawlenty administration's efforts to spur job growth, and Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman highlights the challenges they faced in steering new state health care policy.28mn 30s
Sun October 17, 2010Governor Pawlenty has called a special session for Monday, October 18th, to pass flood and tornado relief measures. Two DFL Minneapolis lawmakers call for the agenda to include anti-bullying requirements. Host Julie Bartkey sits down with Senator Scott Dibble, author of an anti-bullying bill, and Education Commissioner Alice Seagren to review whether current policy is adequate. Seagren also reviews Governor Pawlenty's education reform efforts, and Dr. Sanne Magnan, Commissioner of Health, weighs in on Minnesota's health improvements. 28mn 30s
Sun October 24, 2010Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey continues her in-depth discussion with Minnesota's gubernatorial candidates. On this program, DFL-endorsed candidate Mark Dayton shares his ideas on balancing the budget, education, and health care reform. Also, Minnesota often leads the nation in voter turnout, and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie explains what voters need to know to help propel Minnesota to another first place. Plus, a conversation with Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute about the election season.28mn 30s
Sun October 31, 2010With the General Election looming, we recap the key issues facing the next governor with the three top contenders for that position, Tom Emmer (GOP), Mark Dayton (DFL) and Tom Horner (IP). Dr. Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute gives insight on the polls, the campaigns, and why he beleives Minnesota could be an anomoly this election season.28mn 30s
Sun November 7, 2010The election results in dramatic changes with the Minnesota Legislature. Julie Bartkey talks with Sen. Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, about what is next for the new Senate Majority Caucus. Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, offers early insight to the House GOP agenda. Finally, Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, discusses K-12 Funding and his ideas for reform.28mn 30s
Sun November 14, 2010Leaders from each of the four legislative caucuses outline their goals for the upcoming legislative session. Assistant Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, House Majority Leader Matt Dean and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen visit with Julie Bartkey and talk about their leadership styles and caucus objectives.28mn 30s
Sun November 21, 2010Two incoming members of the Minnesota Senate, Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, and John Harrington, DFL-St. Paul, discuss their priorities and expectations for the 2011 legislative session. The Governor's top budget man, Minnesota Management and BudgetCommissioner Tom Hanson, is stepping away from a career in public service. He highlights his successes and challenges, and he offers advice to the incoming administration28mn 30s
Sun December 5, 2010Highlights of the November state budget forecast, plus Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess highlights ways to stabilize Minnesota's revenue source, and Senator Mike Parry talks about his new position of Chair, Senate Government Innovation and Veterans Policy and Budget Committee.28mn 30s
Sun December 12, 2010Host Julie Bartkey encapsulates the results of the Governor's race. Plus, with a majority leadeing the Senate for the first time in 38 years, key policymakers discuss with Julie education and tax reform.28mn 30s
Sun December 19, 2010This week on Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey visits with the incoming Senate Finance Chair Clair Robling, R-Jordan, to talk about tackling the $6.2 billion dollar state deficit and the likelyhood of a new Vikings stadium. Plus, the first woman to serve as Senate President, Sen. Michel Fischbach, R-Paynesville, reflects on her new role. Plus, Sen. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, provides his Inside Perspective as the new chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. 28mn 30s