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How much is that new bridge? MnDOT adds detail to Dayton’s transportation plan — Gov. Mark Dayton's transportation proposal became more clear as MnDOT officials put price tags on individual projects Monday afternoon. Transportation officials also estimated the full list would cost anywhere from $4.1 billion to $7.8 billion. Dayton wants to raise $6 billion through an increase in the gas tax to help pay for new road and bridge construction over the next ten years.

Bill that would let police keep license plate data clears hurdle — A committee in the Minnesota Senate approved a bill Monday that would allow police to keep data collected from automated license plate readers for up to 90 days. The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee took the action, but only after narrowly defeating an amendment that would require police to destroy the data after one day.

Gun group opposes police keeping license plate data — A leading gun rights group is lining up against a bill that would allow police departments to keep data collected from license plate readers. Law enforcement agencies want to keep data collected by the automated readers for 90 days. They say it will help them solve crimes.

MPCA warns lower water standards could lead to federal oversight — Minnesota Pollution Control Agency officials warned Tuesday that a bipartisan push at the Capitol to ease state water pollution standards could lead the federal government to assert control of water rules. In a bid to help U.S. Steel's MinnTac plant in Mountain Iron, some lawmakers say they believe Minnesota's sulfate standard designed to protect wild rice is too strict.

Behind the scenes: MNSCU reacts to Dayton’s budget — Senior leaders and faculty at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system put forward a unified front on the day Gov. Mark Dayton announced last month that he would not give them any more state money until they settle an ongoing dispute over MnSCU's future direction.

New standards for MN mine delayed for wild rice study — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is delaying the release of new environmental standards for U.S. Steel's taconite facility in Mountain Iron until a state study on sulfates and wild rice is released in late March. U.S. Steel has been lobbying the Legislature to delay the implementation of a clean water standard aimed at protecting water where wild rice grows.

Lawmakers weigh private vs public in body camera bill — A bill that would restrict the public's ability to see video from police body cameras got its first hearing Thursday in the Minnesota Senate. But controversy over who would have access to the video stymied both the bill's author and some of the lawmakers considering it.

Dayton, lawmakers reach deal on commissioner pay hikes — Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislative leaders say they've reached a deal on the controversial pay increases for Dayton's agency commissioners and department heads.

DFLers pitch plan to boost rural economy — Several DFL state senators are making a push to train more Minnesota workers for the needs of businesses outside the Twin Cities. Their $227 million plan focuses on rural broadband, housing, workforce training and career counseling. Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, said the goal is to keep young people living in rural Minnesota.

Dayton: Plan pays for 600 road and bridge projects — In an attempt to increase public support for his transportation proposal, Gov. Mark Dayton released a list of 600 state road and bridge projects Tuesday that he says won't happen unless his plan is passed into law. Standing alongside maps detailing specific projects across Minnesota, Dayton urged the Legislature to pass his $6 billion plan for roads and bridges.
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Mar 02, 2015

@kwatt MnDOT says this is the priority list but I've never seen it released like this before.

Mar 02, 2015

How much is that new bridge? MnDOT adds detail to Gov. Dayton's transportation plan (with spreadsheets!)…

Mar 02, 2015

Senate committee green lights 90 day retention period for license plate readers (after close vote to keep for 1 day)…

Mar 02, 2015

Committee approved the bill on a divided voice vote.

Mar 02, 2015

The Senate Transportation Committee approves a bill that would allow police to keep data retrieved by license plate readers for 90 days.

Mar 02, 2015

@5hauser Of course! I have a face for radio and a voice for print.

Mar 02, 2015

The close vote in Transpo Committee is a harbinger of the looming war on the Senate floor regarding LPR data. Issue will be settled there.

Mar 02, 2015

The Transpo Committee is now considering a bill that would allow police to keep the license plate reader data for 90 days.

Mar 02, 2015

DFL Sen. Bobby Jo Champion was the tie-breaking vote. He passed on the first go around and then sided with bill author Ron Latz.

Mar 02, 2015

Senate Transpo Committee rejects amendment that requires police to destroy license plate reader data within 24 hours of retrieving it 9-8

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