Christopher Magan / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Republicans in Congress are close to a sweeping rewrite of the U.S. tax code that will have long-term implications for Minnesotans. The $1.5 trillion tax cut bill approved by the Senate early Saturday and a similar bill approved by the House of Representatives in November represent the largest changes to the tax code in three decades. Both were passed without any Democratic support. The bills differ, but would essentially:
ST. PAUL — If Minnesotans want to change state teachers union protections, they should petition the Legislature, not seek changes in the courts. That's the opinion of a Minnesota Court of Appeals panel, released Tuesday, Sept. 5, upholding a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit claiming the rules were unconstitutional. Instead, the panel found, state lawmakers should decide whether changes are needed because teachers union protections worsen the academic achievement gap between students of color and their peers.
ST. PAUL — For Chuck Kanski, co-owner of Solo Vino Bottle Shop in St. Paul, the decision whether to open his wine shop on Sundays was simple. "We're not opening," Kanski said. "I want Sunday off with my kids, and I want my staff to have Sunday off." Kanski realizes he might lose some sales to other stores that can now operate thanks to a change in state law, and that's OK with him. He's confident customers will continue to seek out the expertise of his staff and the unique selection of his shop.
ST. PAUL — For educators like Derek Davidson and Troy Haugen, changes to the way Minnesota licenses teachers can't come soon enough. Both Davidson, a leader at an urban charter school, and Haugen, who helps provide technical education at rural schools, hope the overhaul of Minnesota's teacher licensing system pending at the Legislature will make it easier for them to place qualified people in hard-to-fill jobs.
ST. PAUL—Champagne corks could soon be popping — a bill repealing Minnesota's 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor store sales is headed to Gov. Mark Dayton. The Minnesota House voted 88-39 on Thursday to accept the Senate's version of a bill repealing the ban that's been on the books since statehood. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he will sign a repeal if it reached his desk.