Republican state Sen. Julianne Ortman will serve as deputy leader of the Minnesota Senate. New Majority Leader Dave Senjem announced Tuesday that he picked Ortman as his second-in-command.
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.
The Minnesota Senate will hold two hearings on proposals for the state to help build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, as Gov. Mark Dayton meets with backers of possible sites.
A key Republican lawmaker wants voters to curb lawmakers’ spending by amending the Minnesota constitution.
The Minnesota House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to reject Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to raise income taxes on the wealthy, but the Democratic governor calls the vote and an earlier one in the state Senate political game-playing as he tussles with Republicans over how to fix the state’s $5 billion budget shortfall.
The Republican chairwoman of the state Senate Taxes Committee says she views tax breaks as state spending and says they should be reviewed to see if they should stay on the books.