Leaders Work To 'Button Up' Budget Bills For Special SessionMakeshift House and Senate chambers have been arranged for an impending special session. Now all state leaders need are final budget bills for lawmakers to vote on. House Speaker Kurt Daudt said Tuesday that a session this week is still a possibility as long as lingering issues with three budget bills and two other pieces of legislation can be addressed by Wednesday.
Budget Bill Removes Disclosure For Bringing Guns To CapitolMinnesotans with gun permits could carry a gun onto state Capitol grounds without tipping off the state under a House budget bill. Current state law requires to gun owners to notify state officials before bringing a gun into the Capitol and other state buildings.
Under Bill, 84-Year-Old Could Get Another Shot At A DeerAn 84-year-old hunter who asked Minnesota lawmakers for help bagging another deer may get his wish. A provision tucked in House Republicans' budget bill for environmental and natural resource agencies would allow hunters 84 and older to kill a doe without a permit.
Dayton Signs Session's Biggest Money BillsGov. Mark Dayton has signed a trio of major bills that he says will help Minnesota's economic growth. The governor was surrounded by legislative Democrats on Tuesday as he signed the tax, budget and construction project bills without a single line-item veto.
Adjournment Fever Hits Legislature, Pace QuickensLast-minute deals are coming together at Minnesota's Capitol, which means final votes are closing in on $1 billion in construction authorization, a budget bill and tax cuts. The pace quickened Thursday as lawmakers faced a weekend deadline to complete their session.
12-18-13 Senator Al Franken On The Morning News With Dave LeeClick the link to listen to Senator Franken's reaction to the budget compromise.
Plan To Boost Lawmaker Pay In Minn. Budget Bill Minnesota lawmakers would get their first pay boosts since the late 1990s under a budget proposal rolled out Tuesday in the Senate that also includes salary increases for the governor and top agency leaders.
Dayton's Bonding Bill Focuses On Job CreationGov. Mark Dayton focused on jobs as he unveiled the details of his bonding proposal for the 2012 legislative session, which included issuing $775 milion in bonds for construction projects.
Minn. Schools Budget Sets New Teacher EvaluationsAn education bill that presents a new approach to the evaluation of Minnesota public school teachers is among the myriad policy changes included in a pile of recently signed budget measures being dealt with by state workers, who flocked back to their offices Thursday after a three-week government shutdown.
Reality Check: Minn. Budget Bill's State Workforce CutsMinnesota's laid off state workers are back on the job after the governor and legislature reached a budget deal, but they face more cuts with the compromise to end the 20-day shutdown.
Esme's Blog: Leadership Returns To MinnesotaSometimes leadership means having to say your sorry to your supporters and embrace a position that you deeply oppose in order to achieve a greater good. That is exactly what happened Thursday as Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders agreed to a budget deal to end the government shutdown.
State Workers' Mixed Reactions To Deal To End ShutdownWhile many of Minnesota's more than 22,000 laid-off workers are excited to hear they could soon be returning to work, not all of them are happy about the way they would return to work.