ST. PAUL – Minnesota senators opted to spend $383 million on economic development opportunities, with an emphasis on creating jobs. Money would be spent on programs ranging from those designed to create jobs to attracting movie producers to improving worker training.
ST. PAUL – Water plays a critical role in economic development and environmental concerns, but Minnesota lawmakers do not agree on how potential water shortages should be addressed.
ST. PAUL - Everyone knew taxes would be a prime discussion point this Minnesota legislative session, but it now appears to be less between Democrats and Republicans than among Democrats who control the House, Senate and governor’s office.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – The treasure hunt is on: seeking money for Vikings stadium construction costs after the original plan produced less money than expected.
ST. PAUL - The sponsor of the Minnesota House public works funding bill says it would help Minnesota continue its recovery from recession.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – Here are major public works projects Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposes borrowing money to fund:
ST. PAUL - Baby boomers will make writing the state budget harder, reduce the Minnesota labor force and cause state health care spending to soar, State Demographer Susan Brower said.RELATED CONTENT
Schools, health programs could be among most affected, committee finds
ST. PAUL – The federal government’s failure to agree on how to fix its debt problem could cost Minnesota more than $90 million this year.
Distinction would matter if federal ban overturned
ST. PAUL – Civil unions would give gay couples the same rights as married couples, says the sponsor of a Minnesota House proposal that is a step short of full marriage.
ST. PAUL – Here is where some issues stand as the Minnesota Legislature enters its home-stretch before a May 20 or earlier adjournment:
St. Paul - Democratic-Farmer-Laborites aren’t taking it easy on Tim Pawlenty just because he’s from Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - Fifty-four Republicans serving their first year in the Minnesota Legislature face their first end-of-session circus, and no one knows just how they will react.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - The most-heard comment around the Minnesota Capitol these days is: “I don’t see how we get there.”RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton puts the need for Minnesota to fund public works projects up there with flood fighting.RELATED CONTENT
Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, convinced a committee to amend an outdoors funding bill to include his idea to sell black walnut and other trees in southeast Minnesota’s Frontenac and Whitewater state parks.RELATED CONTENT
St. Paul - Republican state budget plans will become clear in the coming week, although no one expects the governor to agree.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - Whether Minnesota retailers should sell alcohol on Sundays will be debated by a Senate committee Wednesday, perhaps the first time that has happened.RELATED CONTENT
St. Paul - The tweets flew fast and furious Thursday afternoon as Minnesota legislators debated what Republicans said was Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton’s tax-increase plan.RELATED CONTENT
St. Paul - The country’s political attention lately has focused on Wisconsin and a battle over public unions.RELATED CONTENT
St. Paul - Monday night’s selection of new University of Minnesota regents could be contentious.RELATED CONTENT