The state Senate majority leader says a proposed increase in the state minimum wage is not likely to happen this session because Democrats in the House and Senate can’t agree how much to raise it. Sen. Tom Bakk says Thursday there are not enough votes among Senate Democrats.
Minnesota Democrats are giving up for the year on a push to change election law so people could start voting weeks before Election Day.
The Minnesota House plans a Friday debate an $800 million construction projects bill that can’t pass without Republican votes.
A quarter of Minnesota House members wound up voting a personal preference on legalizing gay marriage rather than following results of last November’s ballot measure. Thursday’s 75-59 vote saw Republicans and Democrats defy the fall outcome on the constitutional amendment in their district.
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The national momentum on gay marriage has been limited mostly to the East and West coasts, but it looks like that’s about to change.
Gun control advocates said Friday that Democrats at the Minnesota Legislature are showing a “lack of courage” by shelving a vote on tougher gun laws.
The DFL state representative who pushed expanded background checks for Minnesota gun buyers said Thursday that he’s angry with his fellow Democrat, House Speaker Paul Thissen, for shelving the bill this year.
Minnesota Senate Democrats passed a sweeping tax hike bill on Monday that includes a sales tax on clothing.
Rural Democrats’ opposition to changing Minnesota’s gun laws casts doubt on what legislation, if any, will pass this year to tackle gun violence.
The Minnesota House has voted to require clinics that perform abortions to pay new yearly license fees and undergo special inspections.
Minnesota House Democrats pushed ahead Monday on a big spending increase for state programs aimed at creating new jobs.
Minnesota lawmakers appear to have reached a consensus about the Vikings stadium funding shortfall.
The Democrat who narrowly lost to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann last year is seeking a rematch. The St. Cloud Times reports Thursday that businessman Jim Graves will run again for Congress in Minnesota’s 6th District.
Minnesota House Democrats are proposing a healthcare spending bill that includes salary hikes for nursing home and long-term care workers but helps pay for it with a state surcharge on hospitals.