Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota communities have plenty of suggestions for how to spend state dollars borrowed for public works projects. In fact, they have too many. State lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton are working to whittle down more than 150 requests topping $3 billion for trails, civic and community centers, roads and bridges, and many other projects. “There is a huge need in every single area,” said Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, chairwoman of the House Capital Investment Committee.
ST. PAUL – More students could attend college if a plan allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges is approved, a Minnesota lawmaker argues. “We want to eliminate the achievement gap so that students who have not traditionally been going to college are going to college,” said Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul. “We need them in our future workforce.”
ST. PAUL – Thousands of lower-income Minnesotans could continue to get health insurance from the state even as major reforms take root under a plan lawmakers moved forward Wednesday. House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, said the state needs to update and continue MinnesotaCare, a health insurance program that serves “people who are working but don’t have access to affordable health care.”
ST. PAUL – A House committee is poised to take a vote on a gun control bill tonight. As it stood when the committee recessed just before noon, the measure included expanded background checks. But amendments tonight could dramatically change the bill. “There is no easy answer,” author Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul said, “This bill is only part of the answer.”
ST. PAUL — Legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota took a key step forward Tuesday but faces many hurdles to approval. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-3 to send the proposal to the full Senate, and the House Civil Law Committee voted 10-7 to put it before the House. “No Minnesotan should be told it is illegal to marry the person they love,” said bill author Representative Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis.