Vikings stadium funding stumbles; gas tax battles; 'snow days' school impact
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
State lawmakers consider a new proposal to help fund a Vikings stadium. Lawmakers are reconsidering plans for a gas tax increase after Gov. Mark Dayton reiterated his opposition to the proposal. And some rural Minnesota school administrators are concerned students won't do as well on spring assessment tests because of the number of snow days they took this year.
Dayton forces DFL to reconsider gas tax hike The chairs of the House and Senate Transportation committees are redrafting their budget bills after Governor Dayton repeated his opposition to a gas tax increase. Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, says they are reworking the bill after Dayton's comments earlier in the day.
East metro mass transit fights for attention Proposals to help pay for expanding mass transit in the Twin Cities will be announced by state lawmakers later this week. East metro officials are watching the action very closely and have renewed efforts to advance their wish list of bus and rail lines.
Federal ethanol standard comes under new scrutiny innesota produced more than a billion gallons of ethanol last year, making it the fifth-largest ethanol maker in the country. Much of that production was spurred on by the Renewable Fuel Standard, which took effect in 2007 but is now coming under new scrutiny.
Frac sand mining: What are the alternatives? As companies in Wisconsin and Minnesota move ahead with plans to mine frac sand, those drilling for oil and natural gas in other states are asking whether alternatives might someday be cheaper than shipping the sand hundreds of miles.
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