At State Capitol, Lawmakers' Per Diem Expenses Add UpMembers of the Minnesota House and Senate racked up almost $2 million dollars in extra pay last year -- over and above their legislative salaries.
Minnesota Senate GOP Says They're Staying In Old DigsMinnesota's Senate Republicans have decided against moving into a new office building for at least another year, their leader said Thursday. Senate Minority Leader David Hann told The Associated Press that his members concluded the relocation isn't worth the hassle.
Republicans Renew Call For Investigation Into Sen. Jeff Hayden Republicans are renewing their call for an ethics investigation into a Democrat with ties to an embattled nonprofit.
Senate Republicans Question Need To Move Into New Office BuildingJust weeks before the new Minnesota Senate Office Building is scheduled to open, some senators may not want to move in. The $90-million structure behind the State Capitol will be ready in January for all 67 senators to move into new offices, but not everyone is happy about it.
GOP Senators Might Stay In Old State Capitol QuartersThought the dust was starting to settle on the political feud over Minnesota's new Senate Office Building? Think again. Senate Minority Leader David Hann hinted last week that his members wouldn't automatically move to the new $90 million legislative building erected over GOP objections.
Partisan Divide To Remain In New, $90M Senate OfficeMinnesota's now-scattered 67 state senators are planning their move into offices under one roof for the first time anyone can recall. As the new, $90 million Senate Office Building nears completion, an office draft is underway.
GOP's Petersen Accelerates Senate Exit, To Resign This Fall A Republican sped up his planned exit from the state Senate, announcing Thursday he'll resign this fall from the seat he had already opted not to again run for in 2016.
Senate GOP Leader Hann Backs Presidential Hopeful FiorinaMinnesota Senate GOP leader David Hann says he's backing businesswoman Carly Fiorina in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Hann told The Associated Press on Thursday that he will be Minnesota co-chairman of the former technology executive's campaign.
Good Question: What Are The Ethics Rules For Minn. Lawmakers?A lawyer who helped write Minnesota's medical marijuana law is going to work for a company that sells it. Jamie Olson is the third public official to join LeafLine Labs. She helped the Minnesota House craft the law that legalized medical cannabis last year.
Questions Of Timing, Votes Rise Up As Leaders Shape BudgetRank-and-file Minnesota legislators are clamoring for time to digest budget bills assembled in private before the Legislature returns for a quick special session.
Southwest LRT Project Under Scrutiny Following $341M Price HikeGov. 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.
GOP Launches Second Probe Of Democrat's Role At NonprofitSenate 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.