The number of legislative committees in Minnesota will be significantly reduced over the next biennium, a move that leaders say will save the state money and free up lawmakers to spend more time with constituents.
Minnesota state agencies are on pace to purchase close to 1 million gallons of E85 in 2010, meaning nearly one-fifth of the retail fuel bought by the agencies is now a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.
In the November 2010 elections, voters weighed in on a wide range of ballot proposals — from a plan in Indiana to cap property taxes and a workplace smoking ban in South Dakota to a proposal in Nebraska to abolish the treasurer's office and a new governor-recall law in Illinois.
All signs are pointing to a revenue rebound for most states in the Midwest in fiscal year 2011. However, thanks in large part to a loss in federal funding, state lawmakers will face perhaps their biggest fiscal challenge yet in crafting FY 2012 budgets.