ST. PAUL – Minnesota Legislature votes on a proposal to legalize gay marriage are drawing near after a Monday night committee action handed the bill to the full House.
St. Paul - An effort to allow child care workers and personal care assistants to join unions appears on the verge of a partisan victory.
ST. PAUL – Phil Norgaard uttered words seldom heard in the meeting-filled Minnesota Capitol: “I can’t wait to get to some meetings.” The Fond du Lac American Indian Reservation human services director had just been named on Tuesday to the MNSure board, which will govern a new health insurance marketplace, and he wanted to get to work.
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House likely will approve a minimum wage increase later this week, after a committee expanded the bill’s reach on Monday by doubling state-required parental leave for a new child.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota’s 2014 governor race is underway. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton long has said he plans to seek a second term, and at least a half-dozen Republicans want the chance to knock him off.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – Minnesota state representatives voted Friday to protect children from some toxic chemicals.
ST. PAUL - Education funding, the largest single part of the Minnesota budget, would rise $550 million in the next two years under a House Democratic plan being debated this afternoon and tonight.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota state representatives approved 70-64 a health care spending bill late Monday without knowing how it would affect hospitals around the state.
St. Paul - The gay marriage issue’s two sides are engaged in smaller versions of last year’s campaign leading up to a constitutional amendment vote.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota senators removed extended unemployment benefits for workers locked out by employers in labor disputes during a Friday bill debate.
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House minority leader declared that the U.S. Supreme Court settled “once and for all” the federal health care law dispute.RELATED CONTENT
St. Paul - More and more discussion centers on Tim Pawlenty becoming Mitt Romney’s running mate, but at the same time, Ron Paul supporters are considering derailing traditional Republicans like the former Minnesota governor.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – Minnesota lawmakers from both parties signal they plan to use last year’s rough budget debate as foundation for this year’s legislative election campaigns.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - The Senate’s top Democrat does not believe literature some Republicans handed out at the Feb. 7 precinct caucuses cost just $47. And Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, demands that the Senate Rules Committee take up the matter.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - The new year could be one of government reform. Minnesota legislative Republicans and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton agree reforming is a top priority, but they may differ on just what that means and how to get there.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - Democrats make it clear they blame Republicans for rising property taxes, and will do that even louder in next year’s campaigns.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - Many around the Capitol don’t quite understand why temperatures are dipping into the 30s: It can’t be fall already. With the July government shutdown and now the increasingly frantic stadium debate, this has been a strange and busy non-election year.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - A Minnesota House Republican promises that a property tax change that especially hurts rural Minnesota will be repaired next year.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – This year will go down as one of the most contentious in Minnesota government history, so exceptions to that attitude are notable. The first exception started out as yet another controversy.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - This year started with Minnesota political leaders emphasizing the need to create jobs, but the state’s deficit problem sidetracked much of that talk.RELATED CONTENT