New Squabble Looms Over Minnesota Political Office SpaceAnother squabble is shaping up over offices for Minnesota politicians. The 83-year-old State Office Building that is the main workspace for 134 House members and their staffs is in need of more than $100 million in repairs, according to the agency that manages government properties.
New Laws Allow Experimental Drugs, Limit License Plate Readers & MoreStarting this weekend, some things are about to change in Minnesota.
Reality Check: Lobbyist Spending In Minnesota Minnesota lobbyists spent $70 million last year to influence state decision makers, according to a new report from the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. And so far in 2015, that trend is not slowing down.
Reports Offer Peek At State Capitol Lobbying In 2015 SessionMinnesota lawmakers dished out billions of dollars in a new budget assembled in a just-concluded legislative session. Groups spent millions lobbying for a slice or to alter policy sometimes closely tied to the state money.
1-Day Special Session To Be Held FridayMinnesota's legislative leaders have come to an agreement on a one-day special session.
Lawmakers Plan For Likely Friday Special Session On BudgetMinnesota lawmakers zeroed in Wednesday on a conclusion to their prolonged budget dispute, preparing for a special session by week's end to pass remaining bills. Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton declared an end to their stalemate and set a hearing for Thursday on the final outstanding pieces of the state's budget. Dayton and top lawmakers alerted all legislators to be back in St. Paul for a one-day session that the governor will likely order for Friday.
Questions Of Timing, Votes Rise Up As Leaders Shape BudgetRank-and-file Minnesota legislators are clamoring for time to digest budget bills assembled in private before the Legislature returns for a quick special session.
Dayton's Ire Looms As Legislature Races To Pass BudgetMinnesota lawmakers are starting a three-day sprint to hash out the specifics of a budget deal. Legislators were expected to return to the Capitol Saturday for a weekend of around-the-clock work to finish bills and pass a budget.
Long Talks In Private, Silence In Public Feed Budget HopesDiscussions over how to spend $40 billion-plus of Minnesota taxpayer money have reached a sensitive phase where negotiators are keeping mum about the headway they're making. With less than a week to get an on-time budget passed, leading House Republicans and Senate Democrats were expected back at Gov. Mark Dayton's official residence Wednesday for a fresh round of talks.
Drones, Officer Investigations Up For Vote In SenateChanges in law enforcement surveillance and internal investigations are on the docket at the Legislature.
Lawmakers Debate Bill To Cut Minimum Wage For Tipped EmployeesThe Minnesota House is debating a bill that could cut the minimum wage for some tipped employees.
Beneath Budget Dispute, A Tussle Over Regulatory PowerIn their unfolding budget plan, Minnesota legislative Republicans are moving to strip powers from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, ranging from limiting his team's authority to write regulatory rules to curbs on the administration's staffing.