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December 2013
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Sunday
December 22, 2013
In this week\'s Capitol Report program, host Julie Bartkey, along with producer Jon Brune, present some of the unresolved issues certain to resurface in the 2014 session.

Securing additional funding for transportation projects; raising the minimum wage; and establishing new anti-bullying guidelines generated significant debate in 2013. When lawmakers return to the State Capitol in late February, these and other issues, including a capital improvements bill, will be awaiting legislative action.
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Sunday
December 15, 2013
Recent assaults near the University of Minnesota campus sparked a key Senate hearing to investigate student protection measures underway. On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey highlights the committee\'s review and speaks with Sen. Terri Bonoff, chair of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, and Sen. Eric Pratt, R-Prior Lake, about possible efforts to aid local enforcement agencies.

Also, Education Committee Chair Patricia Torres Ray recently expressed concerns about school districts\' ability to recruit and retain teachers. She speaks with Julie about the reasons for her comments and whether or not the state has a role in teacher recruitment and retention.
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December 05, 2013
Minnesota\'s projected budget surplus improved from $47 million dollars to $1.08 billion dollars for the current two-year budget period. The amount allows the state to fully restore required on-time payments to school districts, thus leaving $825 million dollars in surplus funds.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey explores the impact of the fiscal news with State Economist Laura Kalambokidis, Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Hayden and Senate Republican Leader David Hann.
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November 2013
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Sunday
November 24, 2013
The Senate Judiciary Committee recently delved into Minnesota\'s Sex Offender Treatment Program and the constitutionality of the civil commitment process. On this week\'s program, committee chair Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, and senior Republican member Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, offer their perspectives on necessary action in 2014 to avoid the intervention of a federal judge.

Governor Mark Dayton and MnDOT Commission Charlie Zelle recently announced ten transportation projects funded under the new �Corridors of Commerce� program. Sen. Vicki Jensen, DFL-Owatonna, joins Julie Bartkey to explain why she spearheaded the program and future funding needs.

Finally, Minnesota entered its second wolf hunting season, and a group petitioned at the Capitol to cease the opportunity to hunt. Julie highlights their petition and Governor Mark Dayton\'s response.
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Sunday
November 17, 2013
Raising the state\'s minimum wage will be a controversial topic in 2014, when state lawmakers return to the State Capitol in late February. The Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate passed dissimilar wage increase proposals, and the 2013 session ended before a conference committee finished their work resolving the differences.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, Producer Jon Brune and host Julie Bartkey explore the issue in detail. Jon explains the controversy surrounding mandated wage limits, and Julie talks with House sponsor Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, and Senator Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, about their views on whether higher wages are good for Minnesota\'s economy.

Also on this week\'s program, personal care attendants rally for a five percent increase in wages. Julie highlights the day\'s events, and Senator Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, explains his proposal to improve their pay.
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Sunday
November 10, 2013
Over the next twenty years, Minnesota\'s senior population is expected to double. On this week\'s Capitol Report program, Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon talks with Julie about state efforts to ensure that Minnesota seniors continue a productive, active lifestyle.

Key policymakers continue touring the state, reviewing requests for state capital improvements funding. Putting together a bonding bill to meet those requests is a top priority for the 2014 legislature. House Capital Investment Chair Alice Hausman talks about the work her committee is doing to prepare a bonding bill. Also, Senator Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, who also has been touring the state, discusses the priorities and parameters of a bonding package that would gain his support.

Finally, days are becoming colder in Minnesota, and Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman highlights a state program designed to help Minnesotans weatherize their homes.
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Sunday
November 03, 2013
Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is spearheading an effort to help Minnesotans become financially literate and save for retirement. He explains the program that his office recently launched.

Security at the Capitol and surrounding complex continues to be scrutinized. Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, chair of the Advisory Committee on Capitol Area Security, joins Julie Bartkey on the set to discuss the issue and possible recommendations. Earlier this year, Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, and Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, discussed their views on allowing guns at the Capitol.
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October 2013
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Sunday
October 27, 2013
Minnesota recently became the 15th state to implement online voter registration. The idea has been met with great support, but controversy surfaced on Secretary of State Mark Ritchie implementing the program without legislative approval. He joins Julie Bartkey on the set to defend his actions. Senate GOP Caucus Leader David Hann also joins Julie to convey his concerns.

Sen. Vicki Jensen, DFL-Owatonna, co-chairs the fraud prevention working group. She makes her first appearance on Capitol Report to discuss the mission of fighting insurance fraud.
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Sunday
October 20, 2013
The $272 million dollar, 4-year State Capitol restoration project is ongoing. On this week\'s Capitol Report, Jon Brune features the building\'s exterior work, and Department of Administration Commissioner Spencer Cronk discusses the progress of the project.

Prior to embarking on a two-day tour with the Capital Investment Committee, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, talks with Julie Bartkey about the 2014 bonding bill proposals and his philosophy on prioritizing projects.

Finally, Julie sits down with legally blind Senator Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, to gain insight on the challenges of navigating the legislature with a visual impairment.
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Sunday
October 13, 2013
The online health insurance marketplace, MNsure, launched October 1st. This week on Capitol Report, Julie visits with MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov about the first days of operation and the insurance products available to Minnesotans.

Also, the federal government is in a partial shutdown, and University of Minnesota Professor Kathryn Pearson, Ph.D., joins Julie to discuss the impact of the ongoing federal budget impasse.

E-pull tabs are no longer a funding mechanism for the Vikings stadium, but Gambling Control Board Director Tom Barrett explains that the electronic gambling tools are far from dead on the gaming landscape. Finally, high school student Aimee Vue leads the effort to bring the voice of Minnesota youth to the Capitol. She provides insight on the Minnesota Youth Council and its mission.
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September 2013
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September 29, 2013
With days left before the online health insurance exchange launches, a key oversight committee reviews MNsure\'s data security efforts following a breach earlier this month. Two members of the oversight committee, Rep. Joe Adkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, and Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, assess MNsure\'s readiness for launching and securing the data for online brokers and users.

Also this week on Capitol Report, the constitutionality of the state\'s sex offender treatment program is currently being challenged in federal court. Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, carried legislation that passed the Senate in 2013 to reform portions of the program. She discusses her proposal and its chances for full passage in 2014. Also, Commissioner of Human Services Lucinda Jesson discusses reform measures she may implement to address the issues raised in the federal lawsuit.

Finally, the front lawn of the Capitol is no longer a vast sea of grass, flowers and trees. Julie discovers what was done to turn it into a temporary parking lot.
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September 22, 2013
A partnership formed between the Minnesota Vikings, the State of Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis spurred the construction of a $975 million dollar Vikings stadium. Under the plan approved by the 2012 legislature and signed by Governor Mark Dayton, the Vikings owners will pay $477 million towards the construction, the state will cover $348 million, and the city of Minneapolis is responsible for $150 million dollars.

The approved plan for the state\'s contribution to the Vikings stadium relied heavily on charitable gambling revenue from a new gambling tool--electronic pulltabs. However, those revenues failed to meet early expectations, and last session, the legislature imposed new ways to raise revenue for the state\'s stadium contribution. Policymakers approved a one-time tax on cigarettes waiting to be sold and imposed income taxes on corporations who had successfully avoided payment due to their method of income calculations.

The change in funding mechanisms raised questions among several legislators, and Rep. Bob Barrett, R-Lindstrom, called upon Governor Dayton to change the funding agreement. He joins Julie to talk about his ideas.

Also on the program, Julie secures different perspectives on the 2013 Clean Energy and Jobs Act. She interviews Jamie Borell from Innovative Power Systems, Senator John Marty, chair of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, and Senator David Brown, lead Senate Republican on energy issues.
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Sunday
September 15, 2013
Minnesota\'s health insurance rates for MNsure, the online health insurance marketplace that launches October 1, are the lowest of the 11 states that released their rates. Julie Bartkey discusses what the rates mean to Minnesotans with Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, and Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge.

Plus, the Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program\'s constitutionality is being questioned. With a class action lawsuit pending, Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson talks with Julie about the program\'s future direction.
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Sunday
September 08, 2013
State lawmakers will be returning to the Capitol Monday, September 9, for a one-day special session to approve disaster relief for Minnesota counties hammered by Spring storms. On this week\'s Capitol Report, Producer Jon Brune looks at the damage and need for relief, while Julie visits with Senate leaders about the work ahead and their agreement with Governor Mark Dayton not to consider the repeal of any business-to-business taxes enacted during the 2013 session.

Also this week, MNsure releases its final health insurance plans and rates while opening up its phone lines to consumers. Julie talks with Health and Human Services Commissioners Lucinda Jesson about the pressures in ensuring success with the new online service.
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Sunday
September 01, 2013
n the spirit of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, Julie talks with several lawmakers on topics ranging from an �official� Minnesota\'s pastime to the tourism draws in their respective districts.

Also in the program, Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, updates viewers on his effort to enact Sunday liquor sales. Sen. Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, discusses his recent trips to Germany, where he sought a different perspective on workforce development and energy issues. Finally, Senate Information Director Scottie Magnuson discusses why the Senate fair booth features stonework from the Capitol and the new opinion polling machines.
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August 2013
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August 25, 2013
State lawmakers will be returning to the Capitol Monday, September 9, for a one-day special session to approve disaster relief for Southeastern counties hammered by Spring storms. On this week\'s Capitol Report, Julie visits with Senate leaders about the work ahead and their agreement with Governor Mark Dayton not to consider the repeal of any business-to-business taxes enacted during the 2013 session.

Also this week, the Advisory Committee on Capitol Area Security continued its review of the state law allowing permit holders to carry guns in the Capitol. Panel members heard from the public on the issue, and following the meeting, Senator Bill Ingebrigsten, R-Alexandria, and Representative Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, talked with Julie about their views on whether guns should be allowed in the future.
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Sunday
August 18, 2013
Governor Dayton and key policymakers all agree that Minnesota\'s transportation system is at a crossroads, with demands growing for better roads, bridges, highways and transit. Securing funding to build for the future is the challenge, as raising the transportation-dedicated taxes continues to prove controversial.

On this week\'s Capitol Report program, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Commissioner Charlie Zelle, Senate Transportation Chair Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls., and lead Republican committee member John Pederson, R-St. Cloud, explain their vision for tomorrow\'s transportation system and the road to getting there.

Also on the program, highlights from the week, including GOP legislators\' call for repeal of the warehousing tax; a panel review of the state law allowing guns in the State Capitol; and advocates argue to halt the wolf hunt.
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Sunday
August 11, 2013
Transportation funding in the near future could drop significantly as federal funding sources are curtailed and traditional dedicated funding sources yield less revenue for highways, roads, bridges and transit.

On this week\'s program, Julie explores the direct challenge facing lead transportation policymakers as support for higher gas taxes, motor vehicle sales taxes and license fees proves difficult to secure. She is joined on the program by Senate Transportation Chair Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls., and lead Senate Republican Committee Member John Pederson, R-St. Cloud.

Also on the program, Minnesota\'s most valuable resource is being threatened by species foreign to Minnesota. Commissioner Tom Landwehr of the Dept. of Natural Resources and Senator John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, explain the steps that boaters and legislators must take to protect Minnesota\'s reputation of 10,000 lakes.

Finally, August 1st was an historic day in Minnesota, as same-sex couples were granted the right to legally marry. One of the champions of the new law, Senator Scott Dibble, offers a personal perspective on the meaning of the marriage law.
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Sunday
August 04, 2013
Transportation funding in the near future could drop significantly as federal funding sources are curtailed and traditional dedicated funding sources yield less revenue for highways, roads, bridges and transit.

On this week\'s program, Julie explores the direct challenge facing lead transportation policymakers as support for higher gas taxes, motor vehicle sales taxes and license fees proves difficult to secure. She is joined on the program by Senate Transportation Chair Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls., and lead Senate Republican Committee Member John Pederson, R-St. Cloud.

Also on the program, Minnesota\'s most valuable resource is being threatened by species foreign to Minnesota. Commissioner Tom Landwehr of the Dept. of Natural Resources and Senator John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, explain the steps that boaters and legislators must take to protect Minnesota\'s reputation of 10,000 lakes.

Finally, August 1st was an historic day in Minnesota, as same-sex couples were granted the right to legally marry. One of the champions of the new law, Senator Scott Dibble, offers a personal perspective on the meaning of the marriage law.
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July 2013
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Sunday
July 28, 2013
The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources will face growing challenges balancing the protection of Minnesota\'s resources with the desire for economic growth. Southeastern Minnesota provides the greatest opportunity for silica sand mining, and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr talks with Julie about steps the agency is taking to secure the proper balance.

Senator Matt Schmit, DFL-Red Wing, sponsored legislation during the 2013 legislative session that would have imposed a state moratorium on future silica sand mining in Minnesota. In the end, local government\'s could extend moratoriums for two years, and state agencies were charged with overseeing mining permits. He joins Julie to review the legislation and offer his views on the future of silica sand mining and its impact on Minnesota resources and industry.

In other State Capitol action, the state is creating an online website, to be operational October 1st, 2013, that will aid in the search and purchase of health insurance. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner James Schowalter provides several answers about the future workings of Minnesota\'s health exchange, known as MNsure.

Finally, highlights of action this week by the State Capitol Preservation Committee that endorse the first major interior renovation of the State Capitol.
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July 21, 2013
Voters in the 2012 general election rejected the proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to present a government-authorized photo identification card prior to having their ballot tallied. However, ensuring accurate and reliable voter identity verification remains a priority for lawmakers, and the 2013 legislature created a task force to delve into the use of electronic poll books on election day.

The new technology will be tested at five precincts, providing legislators a working model for evaluation. On this week\'s Capitol Report program, former Secretary of State and current State Senator Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, joins Julie to discuss the work of the task force and the potential of the polling place tool.

Also on the program, Julie talks with Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius about reconvening the task forces that shaped Governor Mark Dayton\'s support of statewide all-day kindergarten, new high school assessment tests and improved integration efforts. Plus, Producer Jon Brune explains state funding for its natural resources, including sources for the funding.

Finally, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Senator Warren Limmer, R- Maple Grove, offer tips for contacting your legislator.
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Sunday
July 14, 2013
Visions for Minnesota\'s energy future vary widely, while the state becomes a leader in incorporating wind, solar energy into the power source grid. On this week\'s Capitol Report program, Julie Bartkey delves into the ongoing energy conversation with key Senate policymakers.

Senate Environment and Energy Chair John Marty, DFL-Roseville, describes his vision for a �clean energy environment,� one fueled by a greater share of renewable energy sources. In contrast, Senator David Brown, R-Becker, stresses the economic value of coal and nuclear energy.

Also on this week\'s program, Rep. Ryan Winkler, chair of the Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs, previews the work of his committee in striving to foster a strong economy and good wages. Plus, Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, offers her perspective on the detriment of mandatory minimum wage requirements on small businesses.

Finally, the Capitol Preservation Committee reviews the forthcoming work at the Capitol, and Governor Dayton shares his opinion on the impact it will have on Capitol tenants and visitors.
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June 2013
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June 30, 2013
July 1, 2013, marks the day that dozens of new laws will take effect in Minnesota. Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey talks with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Senate Republican Leader David Hann about the impact the new tax laws and education funding changes will have on Minnesotans.

Also on the program, President of the Senate Sandy Pappas talks about two major political conferences heading to Minnesota. Thousands of lawmakers from across the country will come to the Twin Cities to share ideas on pending issues facing their states and regions.
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June 23, 2013
Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, recently was invited to attend the National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College. With a national conversation focusing on balancing individual privacy with security, Sen. Ortman joins Julie on this week\'s Capitol Report program to share her experiences from the event and her views on Minnesota\'s role in protecting our country\'s security.

Also, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie recently announced that he will not seek another term of office. He talks with Julie about his tenure, the work ahead and his advice for future elections chiefs.

Finally, Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, explains the new law expanding the ban on Bisphenol-A products .
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June 16, 2013
Dr. Tom Stinson, who will soon leave his position of State Economist, recently cited Minnesota\'s workforce as a key factor in building a health economy. On this week\'s Capitol Report, we explore efforts underway to ensure that Minnesota\'s workers are educated and prepared for Minnesota\'s future.

On the program, Julie talks with Dr. Stinson about his public service, his work ahead and his advice for future policymakers as they strive to establish a vigorous economy. Plus, Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development chair Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, explains the challenges her committee faces with an aging population and the need to prepare tomorrow\'s workers with the right skills. Further, Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, stresses the need to hold public higher education institutions accountable for educating Minnesota\'s students in a cost-effective manner.
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June 09, 2013
In the waning minutes of the 2013 legislative session, the legislature passed a scaled-down bonding bill, which included $109 million dollars to begin major renovation of the State Capitol. Soon, interior demolition will begin and will continue through 2017, when work is scheduled for completion.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, Administration Commissioner Spencer Cronk highlights the work to be done and the urgency for legislators to have supported and pass the financing plan. Also, Senator Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, explains why the project won Republican votes, when several other capital improvement projects failed to gain passage.

Also in the program, Julie explores with Sen. Chamberlain the influence of Republicans in the 2013 session, not only in their decision to support a limited number of bonding projects, but also their work in defeating other high-profile issues.

Finally, Senator Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Mpls., explains the new law, called �Ban the Box,� which prohibits employers in their application forms to question job seekers about previous felony convictions.
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June 02, 2013
Governor Mark Dayton joins Julie for a conversation about the 2013 legislative session and his hopes for the 2014. Plus, Sen. David Senjem, Sen. Dave Thompson and Sen. Tony Lourey reflect on the 2013 successes and failures, plus Dr. Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institutes provides insight on the most significant issues of 2013: creation of a health care exchange and continuing reductions to health and human services spending. Flash Media format

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May 2013
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May 26, 2013
On this week\'s Capitol Report, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Senate Republican Caucus Leader David Hann sit down with host Julie Bartkey for extended interviews about the tax and spending measures scheduled to take effect July 1, 2013. Plus, Dr. Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute, offers an academic perspective on the 2013 session and how it may be viewed in the future. Flash Media format

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May 19, 2013
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove) and Senate Minority Leader David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) offer differing perspectives on the budget targets announced earlier this week. They join Julie to review the legislative budget work, which must be completed Monday, May 20.

Also on this week\'s Capitol Report, Julie highlights major events at the Capitol in the final days of session, including the same-sex marriage legislation signed into law and the 17-hour marathon Senate debate on a proposal allowing private child care providers to join unions.
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May 12, 2013
Senator John Marty,DFL-Roseville, Chair of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, is spearheading a bill to raise Minnesota\'s renewable energy standards, with an emphasis on solar energy production. This week on Capitol Report, he joins Julie to talk about his proposal, and Senator Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, former chair of the Senate Energy Committee, questions the bill\'s direction.

Also on the program, the Senate will soon face a vote to allow same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Julie talks with bill sponsor Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls., about his expectations for the historic Senate vote.
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May 05, 2013
With only a couple of weeks left in the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers are working to resolve differences in major funding and tax bills. One of the major issues to reconcile before the May 20, 2013, adjournment date are Senate and House differences in tax changes and overall revenue amounts.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, Julie looks into the differences in the Senate and House tax bills with Senate Tax Chair Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, and House Property and Local Tax Division Chair Jim Davnie, DFL-Mpls.

Also in the program, first-term Senator Melissa Wiklund, DFL-Bloomington, talks about her new experiences in the Senate.
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April 2013
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April 28, 2013
On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey compares Senate and House transportation funding plans.

Senate Transportation Finance Division Chair Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls., highlights his plan that increases support for roads and bridges through a new 5.5 percent gasoline wholesale tax, plus increases the metro-area sales tax for more transit funding.

House Transportation Chair Frank Hornstein, DFL-Mpls., outlines the House approach to mantaining Minnesota\'s roadways and bridges, including an increase in the wheelage tax.

Also, Julie begins her comparisons on the House and Senate funding plans for state health and human services programs. Chair Thomas Huntley, DFL-Duluth, explains how his proposal meets the target of reducing expecting spending by $150 million dollars for the biennium.
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April 21, 2013
As the education finance bills move through the legislature, Julie Bartkey sits down with the chairs of the Senate and House education divisions to discuss their respective proposals.

Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, and Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona, outline their bills to increase higher education funding, a top priority for Governor Dayton. Sen. Charles Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, and Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, highlight the early childhood through high school education funding bills, both of which provide additional funding for schools.

Finally, Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, reflects on the tragedy in Boston from the perspective of a 2013 Boston Marathon participant.
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April 14, 2013
A recent independent study indicated that the state of Minnesota is spending several million dollars more than necessary for Medicaid services. On this week\'s Capitol Report, Senator Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, talks about the study and his call for increased audits. Plus, Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, highlights his bill to legalize civil unions.

Also on program, Governor Mark Dayton presents his plan for statewide capital improvements, and newly-elected Senator Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada, offers her perspective on joining the Senate, following her eight years of experience in the House of Representatives.
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April 07, 2013
With six weeks remaining in the legislative session, state lawmakers are busy setting forward their budget proposals for the coming biennium, fiscal years 2014-2015. Prior to the Passover - Easter break, Julie Bartkey talked with Seante leaders about the Senate DFL budget priorities. This week on Capitol Report, she sits down with Speaker of the House Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, and Minority Leader Rep. Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, to discuss the recently-announced House DFL budget plans.

Also, Senator Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, talks about the recently formed Senate Purple Caucus, a group of lawmakers from both political parties attempting to discuss bi-partisan solutions to the state\'s pending problems.
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March 2013
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March 24, 2013
Before the Passover-Easter Break, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill establishing a state-run health insurance marketplace, where Minnesotans will shop for health insurance coverage beginning in October. On this week\'s Capitol Report, Julie highlights the bill signing ceremony.

Also, lawmakers will be returning in April to begin work on shaping a budget for the coming biennium, fiscal years 2014-2015. On this week\'s Capitol Report, Julie talks with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, about the Senate DFL plan and Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans about the Governor\'s tax and spending priorities. Senate Republican Leader David Hann also joins Julie to offer his views on the DFL approach and underscores the GOP priorities
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March 20, 2013
Senate Minority Leader David Hann responds to the Senate DFL budget targets. Flash Media format

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March 20, 2013
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk outlines the Senate DFL budget priorities for the coming biennium, Fiscal Years 2014-2015. Flash Media format

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March 17, 2013
Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, and Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, discuss how each believes Minnesota can develop a world class workforce. Flash Media format

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March 10, 2013
Minnesota\'s current anti-bullying laws are not effective, according to the governor\'s anti-bullying task force. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls, details his proposal for schools to have policies, procedures and consequences in place for students who are caught \'bullying\'.

Also in the program, Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester, details the state\'s potential role in the Mayo Clinic\'s proposed multi-billion dollar expansion. Mayo is asking the state to provide $585 million dollars for road and public infrastructure improvements.

Finally, Julie sits down with long time House member and newly-elected Senator, Bruce Anderson, R-Buffalo. He provides perspective on incorporating his experience as a military veteran and farmer into legislative work.
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March 03, 2013
Senator Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, and Senator Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, offer their views on allowing private day care providers to join unions. In 2011, Governor Mark Dayton issued an Executive Order allowing child care workers that right; however, the courts said he overstepped his authority. Legislation offered by Senator Pappas would stautorily grant the workers the opportunity to do so.

Also in this week\'s Capitol Report, Senator Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, outlines his renewed effort to allow liquor stores to sell on Sundays. Plus, the state\'s budget forecast improves, and Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders respond.
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February 2013
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February 24, 2013
Silica sand mining is a booming industry in the region, but there are concerns about air and water contamination and sand transportation demands. Those concerns were featured in a joint legislative hearing last week and are addressed in legislation sponsored by Sen. Matt Schmit, DFL-Red Wing. He sits down with Julie Bartkey to talk about the industry and possible future legislative action.

Also in Capitol Report, Julie talks with newly-elected Senator Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, who made history when serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
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February 17, 2013
The issue of gun violence has sprung to the forefront of national and state legislative agendas, and Minnesota is no exception. Part of the conversation to curb violence centers on stricter gun control, while other discussions stress improved mental health services. On this week\'s Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey explores mental health improvement efforts with Senate Health and Human Services chair Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, and key Republican member Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont.

Also on the program, Senator Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, explains her proposal to assist young victims of sex trafficking, and Julie highlights some of the events of the week at the State Capitol.
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February 10, 2013
It was a busy week in Minnesota, with President Barack Obama speaking to law enforcement officials in Minnesota about curbing gun violence, the House of Representatives holding a series of committee hearings to feature gun law proposals, and Governor Mark Dayton delivering his third State of the State Address.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, Julie talks with Senate Judiciary Committee chair Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, about his multi-step proposal to curb gun violence and Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, about many of the proposals in the House. Plus, highlights of Governor Dayton\'s State of the State Address and response from GOP leaders. Finally, Matt Schmitt, DFL-Red Wing, offers his perspective on joining the Minnesota Senate and issues facing his Mississippis River community.
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February 03, 2013
The Senate Environment and Energy Committee dedicated two hearings on the issue of climate change. Scientists and climatology experts presented their views on recent climate trends and the impact on Minnesota.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, Julie talks with Senator John Marty, DFL-St. Paul and chair of the committee, and Sen. David Brown, lead Senate Republican committee member, about the information they gleaned from the experts and their views on potential state actions.

Also on the program, Senator David Osmek, R-Mound, provides his Inside Perspective on bringing local government experience to the Minnesota Senate. Plus, highlights of the Capitol events of the week.
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January 27, 2013
Governor Mark Dayton has delivered his proposed budget for the coming biennium, and his plan has been cited both as bold and too costly.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, Julie talks with Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter about Governor Dayton\'s proposals, including his idea to expand sales taxes while lowering the rate; adding funding for education and offering a business property tax freeze and homeowner property tax reductions. Also, with the legislature now charged with deciding the fate of the governor\'s budget, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Senate Minority Leader David Hann grade his plan.

Capitol Report also features a proposal to fund research into the treatment of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries and proposals to curb gun violence through better management and treatment of mental illness.
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January 20, 2013
Facing a March deadline, state legislators are moving intently to create a state health care insurance exchange, where Minnesotans would have an opportunity to compare and purchase health insurance coverage.

On this week\'s Capitol Report program, Julie Barktey talks with Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, house sponsor of a measure establishing the exchange, and Sen. Michelle Benson, who expressed concerns about the federal influence on the potential state service.

Also on the program, Julie talks with Senator Greg Clausen, DFL-Apple Valley, who brings his education experience to the state legislature. Plus, highlights of tax reform measures under consideration at the legislature.
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January 13, 2013
The Eighty-Eighth Session of the Minnesota Legislature begins with DFL and GOP leaders setting priorities and goals for 2013. Julie Bartkey previews the opening of the legislative session this week on Capitol Report.

Senator Ron Latz, DFL - St. Louis Park, and Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R - Alexandria, discuss gun control and the potential for new legislation in Minnesota, and former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer talks about her public service career and her new role in the Minnesota Senate.
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