The final pieces of Minnesota’s next two-year budget were falling into place Sunday amid a time crunch for lawmakers to get it all approved. The House went all night before finally recessing a little after 7 a.m. Sunday. Up for debate but still awaiting a final vote is a controversial bill that authorizes a union organizing drive for home daycare providers and care attendants to the elderly and disabled.
With the session officially ending on Monday, state lawmakers have been debating for the last 16 hours trying to wrap up some of the most contested issues this year.
When Minnesota lawmakers finish their session Monday, they’ll have a full nine months to cook up plans for next year’s session. Legislative leaders on Saturday set their return date. It’s Feb. 25.
On Wednesday, lawmakers who took a risk by supporting the bill are getting some political help. A political action committee has formed just for them, as lawmakers who voted yes might need help to get re-elected — some admitted the vote might have hurt them back home.
Members of the Minnesota Senate will decide whether to require drug tests for lawmakers to qualify for their pay and benefits.
Minnesota’s House and Senate are busy passing a series of bills funding state agencies as lawmakers set the stage for end-of-session budget talks.
There’s a fight over the money troubles surrounding the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, that’s supposed to cost about $975 million.
Pay raises for Minnesota lawmakers won approval Tuesday from the state Senate, but the plan to boost salaries of the governor, Legislature, agency commissioners and other elected officials faces a taller climb in the state House.
Lawmakers’ plans to improve Minnesota’s background check system for gun sales would cost the state almost $1.1 million.
Minnesota lawmakers would get their first pay boosts since the late 1990s under a budget proposal rolled out Tuesday in the Senate that also includes salary increases for the governor and top agency leaders.
Minnesota state lawmakers waded back into details of the Vikings stadium project Tuesday, amid building concerns about the reliability of tax revenue from gambling to pay the state’s share.
For Minnesota lawmakers, spring break is over and the required end of the 2013 legislative session is not far around the corner.
A group of Minnesota restaurants is pushing the Legislature to factor tips into their proposal to boost the state’s minimum wage.
Supporters of gay marriage launched a statewide television ad campaign Monday to pressure Minnesota lawmakers for a vote this year.
A Minnesota lawmaker opposed to gay marriage has caused another stir with comments some regarded as inflammatory.