House Ways and Means Committee
Republicans taking over the state House are forming committees that emphasize their rural/urban split with Democrats. The GOP reduced the number of committees overall even as it added new panels to focus on mining policy and jobs in greater Minnesota.
Testifying before the Republican-led committee, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner, blamed contractors and high web traffic for healthcare.gov’s poor performance.
A DFL state representative, who’s also a Lutheran pastor, says he’ll vote to legalize gay marriage.
Minnesota is moving towards its first minimum wage hike since 2005. The House Ways and Means Committee planned Monday to advance a bill that would bump the state’s floor wage in three steps until it hits $9.50 per hour in 2015.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration said Monday that what was initially billed as $225 million in spending cuts in his budget blueprint is actually $58 million less.
Minnesota lawmakers are being told to expect a new state economic forecast on Feb. 28, but also being warned that more uncertainty from Washington will cloud the picture.
Minnesota lawmakers hope to learn more about how the recent fiscal cliff deal that temporarily averted an economic crisis is shaping the economic picture closer to home.
The final week of the legislative session is starting off with a double dose of Vikings stadium hearings. That plan has lurched back to life and it’s moving closer to votes by the full House and Senate.
A Minnesota House committee has revived the Vikings stadium subsidy as the proposal moves closer to votes by the full House and Senate.
Legislative Republicans pushing a $1 billion package of spending cuts have softened the long-term effect on cities and counties.
Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota has snared a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.