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May 1, 2013

Cornish lands seat on final public safety committee


So how would Cornish prefer to fund specialty courts and school safety if not through these large fee increases?

He said he’d prefer to rely on the regular tax growth, along with a very small, inflation-only increase in fees and permits.

Those separate gun bills, including a bill from Rep. Michael Paymar to expand background checks, are effectively dead after House Speaker Paul Thissen told the Star Tribune Wednesday that there will be no gun bill on the floor this year.

Cornish had predicted as much earlier in the day and the session.

“The DFL doesn’t have the votes to pass it,” he said Wednesday.

The Free Press was unable to get a Democratic

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