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.
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