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December 2011
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Sunday
December 18, 2011
Every legislative session, lawmakers confront a myriad of issues challenging our state. From fulfilling the constitutional duty of funding education, to ensuring that our state budget remains in balance, policymakers must grasp a wide range of programs while tackling complex funding formulas. It is not an easy task.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, we want to help you understand some of the basic concepts of state governance and explain how you can make a difference.
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Sunday
December 11, 2011
The debate on whether private, in-home daycare providers should vote on unionization continues, as recent court action temporarily suspended the election for further court review.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Governor Mark Dayton about his executive order calling for the election. Senator Mike Parry, R-Waseca, explains why he disagrees with the Governor\'s decision and the need for legislative involvement. Plus, Jennifer Munt of AFSME highlights the reasons for the election, while daycare provider Cyndi Cunningham questions the effort.

Finally, the Senate holds its second of two hearings on the public funding of a Vikings stadium. Highlights of that hearing in Capitol Report Notebook.
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Thursday
December 01, 2011
The busy week at the Capitol ends with good news: Minnesota is facing a $876 million dollar surplus. Highlights of the forecast and reactions from GOP leaders, DFL leaders and Governor Dayton. Plus, Julie talks with Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner James Schowalter about reasons for the surprising news.

The Minnesota Senate begins hearings on the location and financing of a new Vikings stadium, and Senator Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, talks about her proposal to build a new facility and the process ahead to secure public financing support. Plus, host Julie Bartkey talks with Senator John Marty, DFL-Roseville, explains why he believes the public should not participate in public financing of professional stadiums.
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November 2011
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Sunday
November 20, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton joins Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey for an extended conversation about his goals for the remainder of 2011 and his hopes for the 2012.

In addition to providing his views on the latest state events, including securing support to help fund a Vikings stadium, Governor Dayton offers his views on spurring job growth and capital investment.
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Sunday
November 13, 2011
Financing plans for a new Vikings stadium come to the forefront, as Sen. Al DeKruif, R-Madison Lake, presents his Racino plan, and Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, shares her ideas regarding public ownership of the team.

With many school districts putting forward levy requests, determining the best time to hold these elections comes under scrutiny. Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, will introduce legislation to hold levy referendums on even-year elections. Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, explains why he does not support the plan.
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Thursday
November 03, 2011
Senators David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, and Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, and Commissioner of Human Services Lucinda Jensson join host Julie Bartkey to talk about needed health care reform.. Also, Senator Chris Eaton reflects on becoming the newest member of the Minnesota Senate. Flash Media format 00:28:29
October 2011
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Sunday
October 30, 2011
Chair of the House Redistricting Committee, Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, explains the legislature\'s priorities in setting new Congressional / Legislative maps and her goal of reaching an agreement with the governor. Newly elected Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, sits down Julie Bartkey to give his perpective on transitioning from the House to the Senate, his priorities, and his thoughts on the controversial legislative redistricting maps. Chair of the House Redistricting Committee, Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, explains the thought process behind the new maps and her hope they can be refined and agreed upon by the Governor. Flash Media format 00:28:29
Sunday
October 23, 2011
A deadline is set to have an agreement on a stadium bill. Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers are tasked with working on how to finance the state\'s $300 million dollar obligation. Julie Bartkey talks with Vikings representative Lester Bagley on the issue. Changes to the tax code could result in higher property taxes. Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, and Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, give their thoughts on whether property taxes will increase in 2012. Flash Media format 00:28:29
Sunday
October 16, 2011
Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, and Minority Leader Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, discuss with Julie Bartkey their thoughts on potential short term borrowing for the state to meet cash flow needs. They also touch on reform policies and whether they would support Racino and state financing for a new Minnesota Vikings Stadium. Flash Media format 00:28:29
Sunday
October 02, 2011
Citizens join forces with state lawmakers to prioritize funding for projects and research protecting Minnesota\'s habitat and environment. On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey takes a closer look at the Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), including research to deter the movement of Carp to Minnesota\'s streams. Representative Tom Hackbarth, chair of the commission, talks with Julie about the new direction he hopes to foster in protecting the environment.

Plus, known for her efforts in championing early literacy, Sen. Gen Olson, chair of the Senate Education Committee, grades Minnesota\'s educational system, including its successes and its failures.
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September 2011
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Sunday
September 25, 2011
One task confronting lawmakers in 2012 is setting the size and scope of a capital improvements bill, which will help fund a variety of public projects throughout the state. This week on Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Senate Capital Improvements Chair David Senjem and House DFL Lead Alice Hausman about their respective views on the priorities and potential amount of a bonding bill.

Also on the program, Senator Mike Parry, chair of the Senate Government Innovations and Veterans Committee, explains why he has called a hearing to review the effort to unionize private, in-home daycare providers.

Finally, the legislature is the people\'s institution, and good governance requires everyone to participate. Producer Jon Brune highlights the best ways to contact your legislator and the first place to begin the process: the Senate Information Office
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Sunday
September 18, 2011
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce releases its report on recession-ending strategies, and the Senate Jobs and Economic Development Committee reaches out to Minnesota businesses and private-sector leaders. On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Deputy Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel about the business organizations\' suggestions and his conversations with job providers.

Plus, House DFL Property Tax Lead, Rep. Paul Marquart, talks about his proposal to restore the Homestead Tax Credit. The program was eliminated in the 2012-2013 finalized budget, and Marquart explains why the state should be involved in lowering property taxes.

Finally, Governor Mark Dayton and Dept. of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr hold a summit to discuss ways to prevent the invasion of Asian carp in Minnesota. Landwehr joins Julie to highlight current and future efforts to protect Minnesota\'s waterways.
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Sunday
September 11, 2011
School districts once again will need to adjust their budgets to account for delayed state payments. This week on Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Roseville Superintendant John Thein about the ways his school district is adjusting to the new school funding reality. Plus, Senator Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, and Representative Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood, talk about school funding decisions, including recent administration efforts to secure federal early childhood grants.

Also in the program, Producer Jon Brune, with the help of Senate Fiscal Analyst Eric Nauman, explain the method for funding Minnesota schools.
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Sunday
September 04, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton recently announced that Minnesota would receive $4.2 million dollars in federal grants to help establish a health insurance exchange, which is required under federal law. Beginning in 2014, all Americans must carry health insurance, and local exchanges will provide options to people for acquiring the coverage.

In response to the administration\'s acceptance of the federal grant money, key GOP leaders held a press conference Tuesday, August 16th, to express their concerns of the state moving forward without legislative approval.

�We want to make it clear, again, to the administration that we believe that they are exceeding their authority to act in this way,� Senate Health and Human Services Chair David Hann said at a recent press conference. �We are going to pursue every means available to us as the legislature to prevent that from occurring,� he later added.

�We have grave concerns over Governor Dayton\'s willingness to fully embrace the federal Obamacare...we believe we would be better served, Minnesota would be better served, if instead the governor was a partner of ours in resisting the federal takeover of health care,� Senate Commerce Chair Chris Gerlach said.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks further with Senate Health and Human Services Chair David Hann and lead DFL committee member, Senator Tony Lourey, about the legislature\'s involvement and next steps.

Also in the program, Produce Jon Brune with the help of Education Fiscal Analyst Eric Nauman, simplify the complexities of education funding. Plus, the public gives their two-cents worth at the fair.
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August 2011
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Sunday
August 28, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton\'s administration will seek federal �Race to the Top� grants, which will be awarded to states that enroll low-income children into proven early learning programs. That decision has raised concerns among some state lawmakers, and host Julie Bartkey looks into the announcement and talks with Senator Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, about the downsides of engaging in federal programs.

Also, Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner James Schowalter talks with Julie about a recent reduction in the state\'s credit rating and the possible impact to Minnesota residents. Plus, Senator Michelle Fischbach reflects on her historic first year as the first-elected female Minnesota Senate President.

Finally, Producer Jon Brune profiles two former governors, both of whom are immortalized in state history by statues erected directly in front of the state capitol.
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Sunday
August 21, 2011
The final budget agreement reached by Governor Mark Dayton and GOP leaders provides about $1 billion dollars to each of Minnesota\'s higher education institutions--the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and University System (MnSCU). The funding reflects about a 10 percent reduction from the previous biennium.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey explores the future of higher education with Senate Higher Education Committee Chair Michelle Fischbach and lead DFL member Senator Sandy Pappas. Plus, the University of Minnesota and MnSCU have new leaders, and Julie talks with U of M President Eric Kaler and MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone about their new roles and future direction.

Finally, Senate GOP members call for legislative participation in establishing a health care insurance exchange, which is required under the new federal health care law, and House GOP members announce their \�Reform 2.0\� campaign.
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Sunday
August 14, 2011
Following the 2011 legislative session, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a bill that would have required Minnesota voters to present a valid photo identification card in order to receive a ballot. Days following his veto, a group of GOP legislators called a press conference to announce that they will seek voter approval to place the requirement in Minnesota\'s constitution.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey explores the issue further with State Representative Mary Kiffmeyer, who will sponsor the proposed constitutional amendment, and Representative Marion Greene, who opposes the photo identification requriement.

Also in the program, a feature of Senator Linda Scheid, who passed away in June following a long battle with Cancer.
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Sunday
August 07, 2011
On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Senator Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, about his proposal to keep state government running upon failure of the legislature and governor to pass a state budget. Also, Senator Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, sponsors a bill to ensure that budget work remains open to the public. Flash Media format 00:28:24
July 2011
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Sunday
July 31, 2011
Host Julie Bartkey continues her conversations with new administration officials. On this week\'s program, Dr. Sheila Wright, Commissioner of the Office of Higher Education, and Commissioner Mark Phillips of the Dept. of Employment and Economic Development, review their new roles and future directions with a newly-enacted budget. Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel talks about laying a foundation for a job-creation environment and the final budget framework. Furthermore, Senator Linda Berglin, who served nearly 40 years in the legislature, talks about her decision to step away from her current role into a new position. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
July 24, 2011
In reaching a budget accord, Governor Mark Dayton and GOP leaders agreed to delay additional payments to school districts in order to help close a $5 billion dollar budget gap. On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey delves further into the education budget plan with Senate Education Chair Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista, House DFL education lead Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville, and Charles Kyte, Executive DIrector, Minnesota Association of School Administrators. Plus, Senate Transportation Chair Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, talks about the final transportation funding bill. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Thursday
July 14, 2011
On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with policymakers about the impact of the government shutdown, including ongoing services and operations that hope to continue. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Senate Finance Chair Claire Robling, and Senate Judiciary Chair Warren Limmer talk about their respective jurisdictions and returning Minnesota to full operation. Flash Media format 00:28:30
Sunday
July 10, 2011
On this week\'s Capitol Report, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk offer their perspectives on ending the government shutdown. Plus, Brian Pease of the Minnesota Historical Society explains the impact of closed doors to Minnesota\'s historical sites and attractions, including the State Capitol. Also, highlights of the week\'s press events. Flash Media format 00:28:30
Sunday
July 03, 2011
Dr. Kathryn Pearson, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota, provides an academic perspective on the implications of a government shutdown and extended budget negotiations. Also on this Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, about his role earlier this Spring on budget discussions and his experiences, expectations as a first-term member. Finally, former Senate Republican Leader Dick Day played a role in the 2005 budget negotiations while the Minnesota was experiencing a partial government shutdown, and this year, he is pushing a proposal that would raise about $250 million a biennium. Flash Media format 00:28:24
June 2011
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Sunday
June 26, 2011
In this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with State Economist Tom Stinson and Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans on the economic and revenue impact of a government shutdown. Plus, Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, explains the effort to stop state funding during a government shutdown. Also, a look back at the various media events during the past week. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
June 19, 2011
On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Senator Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, about the importance of educatinj coaches on the dangers of concussions. Senator David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, and Rep. Paul Thissen, evaluate the impact of a government shutdown on Minnesota\'s vulnerable population. And, remembering Senator Linda Scheid, who passed away this week following a long battle against ovarian cancer. Flash Media format 00:28:30
Sunday
June 12, 2011
GOP leaders cited education funding as a key first step in reaching an overall budget accord. Host Julie Bartkey talks with Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Senate Education Committee Chair Gen Olson, R-Minnestrista, about areas of agreement and differences. Plus, Senator Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, proposes asking voters whether Minnesota\'s constitution should require voters to present an identification card. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
June 05, 2011
Senator Benjamin Kruse, R-Brooklyn Park, talks with Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey about a new law he sponsored that will discourage insurance fraud practices by questionable contractors. Plus, Senator Charles Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, highlights �Tyler\'s Law,� named after Tyler Lavers, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning installing a stereo in his vehicle. Finally, the lastest on budget negotiations between GOP leaders and Governor Mark Dayton. Flash Media format 00:28:24
May 2011
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Sunday
May 29, 2011
The 2011 legislative session ends without a budget agreement, and legislative leaders and Mark Dayton bring their budget messages to Minnesotans. This week on Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk about the budget impasse. Plus, comments from Governor Mark Dayton and Senator Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, who successfully secured Governor Dayton\'s approval of the agriculture funding bill. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
May 22, 2011
On this week\'s Capitol Report, Representative Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, talks with host Julie Bartkey about his proposal to ease gun restrictions for personal and property protection. Senator John Harrington, DFL-St.Paul, explains his opposition to the proposed changes. Plus, Senator Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, talks about the competing Vikings stadium sites, and Chris Gerlach, R-Apple Valley, highlights proposed liquor law changes. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
May 15, 2011
With only a two weeks remaining in session, gaming and stadium issues come to the forefront. On this week\'s Capitol Report, the Minnesota Vikings and Ramsey County announce an agreement to build a stadium in Arden Hills. Minneapolis outlines its vision of a new Vikings stadium and an upgrade to Target Center. Plus, the St. Paul Saints swing for a new stadium in Lowertown. Further, host Julie Bartkey talks with Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, about his proposal to modernize charitable gaming in Minnesota. Senator David Senjem, R-Rochester, takes a chance on Racino in 2011, and the unveiling of proposal for a state-run casino in downtown Minneapolis. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
May 08, 2011
Key Senate and House committees hold hearings on a proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. This week on Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with the House author, Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, chief Senate opponent, Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls., and the person who would oversee the ballot question, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
May 01, 2011
Outdoor enthusiasts showcase Minnesota\'s great outdoors, and Senator John Howe, R-Red Wing, features his proposal to allow online drivers education. Senator John Harrington, DFL-St. Paul, talks about his plan to improve after-school safety, and Julie Bartkey chats with Minnesota\'s newest Senator, Mary Jo McGuire, DFL-St. Paul. Flash Media format 00:28:24
April 2011
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Sunday
April 17, 2011
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, House Majority Leader Matt Dean and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen spell out key principles they believe are important for an overall budget agreement. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
April 10, 2011
The Senate and House pass their respective education financing bills, and host Jannell Trobec reviews the plans with the authors, Sen. Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista, and Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington. Plus, former House education funding chair, Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville, critiques their approaches. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
April 03, 2011
When Minnesotans think of the natural resources, they reflect on the state parks, hunting, fishing and 10,000 lakes. Host Jannell Trobec sits down with the two authors of the legislative environment and natural resourcs funding bills--Senator Bill Ingebrigsten, R-Alexandria, and Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, and the Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, to talk about the bills. Flash Media format 00:27:23
March 2011
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March 23, 2011
Senator David Senjem, chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, talks with host Jannell Trobec about legislative efforts to assist with flood control. Plus, Racino jumps out of the starting gate, and Senator Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, talks about his proposal to fight invasive species. Further, Senator Paul Gazelka, DFL-Baxter, and Senator Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, debate the merits of a public employee pay freeze. Flash Media format 00:27:23
Sunday
March 20, 2011
Several proposals designed to shrink the size and cost of state government are before the legislature. Capitol Report host Jannell Trobec talks with Senate State Government Innovation Chair Mike Parry, R-Waseca, lead-house author Keith Downey, R-Edina, and DFL Senator Sandy Pappas about pending proposals and past efforts. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
March 13, 2011
Proposals to lift the restrictions on building coal-burning plants and nuclear power facilities steam ahead in the legislative process. Host Jannell Trobec talks with Senator Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, and Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls, about their views on the need for coal-burning plants. Senator Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen highlight their positions on adding nuclear power to the energy source mix. Flash Media format 00:28:30
Sunday
March 06, 2011
The second of two state budget forecasts is released February 28th, and Minnesota\'s deficit shrinks to $5 billion dollars. Host Jannell Trobec talks with State Economist Tom Stinson, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen about the budget figures and the next steps in balancing the coming biennium\'s budget. Flash Media format

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February 2011
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Sunday
February 27, 2011
Representative Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, talks with host Jannell Trobec about her bill requiring CPR training for all teachers and assistant teachers at child care centers. The proposal honors Hannah Kozitza, who died after choking on a grape while at a day care facility. Representative Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, highlights his proposal to protect fast food restaurants from fivolous lawsuits. Plus, a conversation with Sen. Bill Ingebrigsten, R-Alexandria, who sponsors a bill expediting the environmental review and permitting process; and Sen. Ted Lillie offers an Inside Perspective on the skills he brings to the Minnesota Senate. (For closed-captioned video, select the Capitol Report tab on left.) Flash Media format

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Sunday
February 20, 2011
On this week\'s Capitol Report, Minnesota State College and University students rally for a tuition cap, and lawmakers gather to hear their concerns. Plus, Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner James Schowalter explains Governor Dayton\'s budget plan, and Deputy Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel offers the GOP perspective on the proposal. And, host Julie Bartkey talks with Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk about their early experiences as caucus leaders. (Visit our YouTube site for closed-captioned video of this program.) Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
February 13, 2011
Governor Dayton delivers his first State of the State Address, and GOP leaders respond to his message. Plus, Representative Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, explains his proposal to help nonprofit animal rescue organizations donate pets, and Senator Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, advocates opening liquor stores on Sundays. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
February 06, 2011
Phase one of the GOP\'s plan to balance the state\'s budget moves to a Senate and House conference committee, and host Julie Bartkey talks with Senate author Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan, and House author Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, about their respective bills. Plus, Assistant DFL Caucus Leader Terri Bonoff, R-Minnetonka, explains why she believes the GOP is taking the wrong approach. Flash Media format 00:28:24
January 2011
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Sunday
January 30, 2011
This week on Capitol Report, people with disabilities rally at the Capitol. Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, explains his proposal to freeze school district employees salaries, and Sen. Linda Scheid, DFL-Brooklyn Park, offers her views on education reform. Plus, Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, highlights his bill to preempt federal requirements for purchasing health care, and Senator John Marty, DFL-Roseville, talks about his proposed Minnesota health plan. Flash Media format 00:28:24
Sunday
January 23, 2011
On this Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Minnesota Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, about eliminating regulations hampering business growth. House DFL Rep. Alice Hausman, former chair of the Capital Investment Committee, stresses the importance of jump starting construction jobs through public capital investments. Plus, the current Senate Capital Improvements Chair David Senjem, R-Rochester, hints at the size of a bonding bill in 2011. Flash Media format

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Sunday
January 16, 2011
The House and Senate unveil legislation promoting job creation. Senator Geoff Michel, R-Edina, offers his views on creating a business-friendly climate. Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, provides his perspective on the bill. Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, talks about protecting public safety and the judiciary funding crisis. Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, expresses his concerns about protecting key public safety programs. Flash Media format 00:28:30
Sunday
January 09, 2011
Historic changes mark the beginning of the 87th Session of the Minnesota Legislature. Capitol Report highlights the opening session and Governor Dayton\'s inauguration ceremony. Plus, host Julie Bartkey talks with outgoing Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Steve Sviggum about the budget challenges facing the new legislature; Speaker Kurt Zellers reflects on his new role and Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk outlines their party\'s goals for the session. Flash Media format 00:28:30



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