Rank-and-file Minnesota legislators are clamoring for time to digest budget bills assembled in private before the Legislature returns for a quick special session.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he’s “shocked and appalled” to learn that the Metropolitan Council raised its estimate for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project by $341 million for a total budget of nearly $2 billion.
Senate Republicans are filing a second ethics complaint against a powerful Democrat stemming from his ties to an embattled nonprofit. Sen. Jeff Hayden served on the board of Community Action Minneapolis, which was found to have misspent $800,000 in taxpayer dollars.
Minnesota lawmakers are caught in a dust-up over office space at the State Capitol, and it’s threatening to delay the massive Capitol restoration now underway. The three-year, $272 million project is on time and on budget. But the tenants in the new building — including the governor, the Senate, the House and the attorney general — cannot come to agreement over how much space they will control.
A Minnesota State Senator says he doesn’t think his new job as the head of an Iron Range lobbying group conflicts with his role as a lawmaker.
Minnesota Republicans are again accusing Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration of using shoddy math to show a lower increase in policy costs through the state’s health care exchange. State officials this week said plans on MNsure would rise by 4.5 percent on average for 2015. They got the figure by averaging each provider’s average increase or decrease.
The cost of getting health insurance through MNsure next year is going up — but it will still be among the lowest in the country. Minnesotans who get insurance through the state’s health exchange can enroll for next year beginning Nov. 15. Even though the rates are low for some people, others could see big rate hikes.
Minnesota Republicans say a 4.5 percent average rate increase for people buying insurance through the state health exchange is deceptive. State officials announced the increase on Wednesday, and said Minnesota will still have the lowest rates in the nation next year.
Democrats who lead the Minnesota Legislature left no doubt Wednesday that a minimum wage increase of some kind will prevail in the upcoming session.
The Eden Prarie Republican met with Mark Ritchie yesterday.
Extensive work on the 107-year-old state Capitol is getting the go-ahead from Minnesota lawmakers in a late financial rescue package. A borrowing proposal that came together on the Legislature’s final day includes $109 million for the next phase of a renovation to the deteriorating building. The money was needed this year to keep underway construction from halting. A new parking ramp will be authorized, but paid for with fees from users.
The capstone vote to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota put some state senators crossways with public opinion back home. Monday’s Senate vote to send the bill to Gov. Mark Dayton was described by several lawmakers as the toughest they’ve ever taken.
Governor Dayton’s call to arms comes after a business group started running television ads that his claims contains “smears” and “lies.”
An influential group of Minnesota senators is backing a five-year moratorium on sport hunting and trapping of wolves in Minnesota.
Minnesota House and Senate Democrats are laying down a few markers on the upcoming budget debate: Any deal must include spending cuts, a redesigned tax system that draws more from the state’s wealthiest and an on-time, no government shutdown guarantee.
It’s round two of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s culinary diplomacy. The Democratic governor had a lunch date Friday with state Sen. David Hann.
The Minnesota legislature is less than a month away from convening for the 2013 session. And for the first time in 22 years, Democrats have complete control of Minnesota government after voters tossed out Republicans.
Minnesota House Republicans have picked Rep. Kurt Daudt as their new minority leader.
A group of Republican state senators say they want the full Senate to vote on a constitutional amendment that would make union membership voluntary in Minnesota, despite signs the bill is stalled at the Capitol.
The contest among state Senate Republicans to replace fallen majority leader Amy Koch is happening behind closed doors at the State Capitol, with most of the leading candidates not willing to publicly announce their intentions as of Thursday even as next week’s election approaches.
Gov. Mark Dayton says a Republican state senator is putting the state at risk of losing $25 million in federal health care grants by holding up their approval.
Republican lawmakers are questioning Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s authority to move ahead with a state health insurance exchange using federal dollars.