Happenings Tuesday at the Minnesota Capitol:
Citizens will be able to say goodbye Friday to former Gov. Harold Stassen, who died on Sunday at the age of 93.
Stassen will lie in state in the Rotunda of the state Capitol from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A ceremony will begin at 9 a.m.
Stassen, a liberal Republican, sought his party's nomination for the White House nine times, the first in 1948 and the last in 1992.
He was elected governor in 1938 at age 31 to the first of three two-year terms. He resigned the governorship in April 1943, four months after beginning his third term, to enlist in the Navy.
RURAL TAX PLAN
The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities released its own tax reform plan, saying Gov. Jesse Ventura's budget sacrifices education in favor of tax cuts.
Rochester Mayor Chuck Canfield, president of the coalition, said the plan strikes a balance between spending and tax relief.
The proposal is being sponsored by Assistant Senate Majority Leader John Hottinger, DFL-Mankato, and Rep. Kevin Goodno, R-Moorhead.
It would put $482 million into property tax cuts for home, apartment and business owners and leave about $400 million on the table for education.
For more information, see www.greatermncities.org.
NURSING HOME NEEDS
Nursing home officials and friendly lawmakers kicked off an effort to put problems facing the long-term care industry on the state's to-do list.
Carrying a small army of life-size cardboard cutouts, nursing home representatives and advocates of seniors packed the Capitol Rotunda and two hearing rooms, where House lawmakers heard testimony on a series of bills.
Rick Carter, president of the group Care Providers of Minnesota, said the most pressing needs include a shortage of workers, rising energy and insurance-related costs, and a dearth of new nursing home construction.
"We've been to the Legislature before, but I'd say it's reached a fevered pitch this year," said Gayle Kvenvold, president of Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance.
Bills to address the problems include one backed by the industry that lawmakers said could cost the state $1 billion over the next two years.
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