In restoring Minnesota’s Capitol to its old glory, renovators planned to spend $4.5 million on furniture and decorative finishing touches on the inside. That was until House Republicans quietly pushed to bump up the furnishings allocation by $2 million, or 45 percent.
House Republicans think they can quickly reach a special session deal with Gov. Mark Dayton on public school funding.
Minnesota’s legislative leaders have promised they’re making progress on a budget deal. Now they have something to show for it.
Minnesota budget negotiations entered a holding pattern Tuesday, with each side urging the other to take the first step to bridge an enormous divide over tax cuts and transportation funding that has narrowed little through days of private meetings.
Minnesota’s Democratic majority senators are bidding far lower than in-charge House Republicans when it comes to tax cuts.
House Republicans are staking out their boldest budget stance yet. The House was set to take up a bill funding state government Friday with a final vote expected hours later.
Republicans in the state House unveiled a sweeping tax relief package Monday they hope will mean lower taxes for more than 2 million Minnesotans.
Minnesota lawmakers kicked off the new session Thursday with a sweeping package of unusual legislative priorities.
Members of the newly-elected Minnesota House took the oath of office in a major construction zone Tuesday. The Capitol is shrouded in scaffolding. Lawmakers and their families navigated closed-off hallways and long elevator lines to open the session. The new Republican majority selected Rep. Kurt Daudt as the powerful house speaker.
The top Democrat in the Minnesota House is calling for six House Republicans to cross party lines to support Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal for new income taxes and end a 12-day-old government shutdown.