ST. PAUL — A nearly $1 billion proposal to fund state construction projects, ranging from trails to transit, launched Tuesday with its author calling it “inadequate” and a Republican who usually supports public works projects saying he could not vote for it. At this point the bill includes $6 million for Red Wing’s proposed River Town Renaissance, a riverfront development project. The governor’s proposal includes nothing. Debate Tuesday was an unusual start for a public works funding bill, financed by the state selling bonds.
ST. PAUL -- A federal judge is putting pressure on the Minnesota Legislature to change how the state deals with some sex offenders. Thursday, five days before the Minnesota Legislature is to convene for its 2014 session, Judge Donovan Frank wrote in a ruling that state lawmakers need to take action now.