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Sen. Al Franken announces resignation amid groping allegations

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced his resignation from the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday morning amid multiple allegations of groping and sexual misconduct.  Calls for Franken’s resignation were amplified Wednesday when a seventh accuser, reported by Politico, came forward to accuse the Senator of forcibly kissing her after a taping of his radio show in 2006.

Minnesota Management and Budget projects $188 million state deficit

The Minnesota state government will face an estimated $188 million deficit over the current two-year budget cycle, the Minnesota Office of Management and Budget announced Tuesday. MMB reached its November projection based on reduced U.S. economic growth forecasts and impacts of policies enacted during the 2017 Minnesota legislative session. The forecast also anticipated the negative balance growing to $586 million during the 2020-2021 biennium.

UMN graduate students worry over financial impact of GOP tax plan

Snigdha Kumar left her home country of India to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Minnesota.  Kumar wanted to research poverty in India, and knew she’d be able to study internationally without financial pressure because of tuition waivers she’d receive in exchange for her work. But the financial relief tuition waivers offer graduate students like Kumar could be cut if a tax plan sponsored by U.S. House Republicans moves forward. Under the proposed plan, tuition waivers would be taxed as income. The bill has raised alarms in the University of Minnesota graduate student community and higher education circles nationwide.

Proposed House GOP tax plan eliminates student tuition credits, deductions

A proposed tax plan from the U.S. House Republican caucus would remove certain tax credits and deductions that aid college students.  The removals are part of a nearly $1.5 trillion GOP tax cut and reform package passed by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday. The two provisions give college students the opportunity to acquire a maximum benefit of up to $2,625 per year in tax-savings.

Steve Fletcher wins Ward 3 Council seat

Steve Fletcher has won the Ward 3 City Council race, defeating Socialist Alternative candidate Ginger Jentzen on the third-round of ranked-choice tabulation. Fletcher received 4,861 votes, putting him over the top of the 4,797 votes needed for election. The race was highly contested, with three candidates finishing election night’s first-choice ballot separated by 745 votes of the 9,592 total votes cast.

No winner in Ward 3 race Tuesday night

No clear winner emerged in the competitive Minneapolis Ward 3 city council race Tuesday night.  Four candidates ran a close race in the ward, which covers the Marcy-Holmes and Dinkytown neighborhoods. The council seat for the nearly 30,000-person district was left open by City Council Member Jacob Frey’s mayoral bid. Voters can expect an announcement with the winner Wednesday at the earliest, following rank-choice tabulation.