One of the biggest election night, surprises came at the State Capitol where Minnesota Republicans lost their majorities in the House and Senate.
Most attention these days is focused on the presidential campaign or statewide races. But the battle for control of the Minnesota Legislature may be the most important Election Day story.
State Sen. Benjamin Kruse didn’t boast to voters in Brooklyn Park about how GOP lawmakers won last year’s stare down with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to erase a huge deficit without raising taxes. He didn’t bring up the government shutdown that preceded the budget deal, as he campaigned door to door last week.
The controversial constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot are the result of Republicans winning majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate in 2010.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he still wants to raise income taxes on the top 2 percent of earners as the Legislature heads into a mid-term election that will shape the second half of his first term.
Lawyers for the Minnesota Legislature argue that lawmakers deserve wide latitude to design constitutional ballot questions as they fight an attempt to scuttle a photo ID measure awaiting voters in November, according to new court papers.
The chief House sponsor of the Minnesota Vikings stadium legislation won’t run for a new term in the Legislature.
The Minnesota House has voted to pass the $975 million stadium bill late Monday night.
Minnesota Vikings stadium enthusiasts are calling Monday’s vote “Game Day For Jobs.”
Stadium votes don’t run along party lines in the Minnesota Legislature and can be the most difficult — and visible — that lawmakers ever cast.
The state House has moved a step closer to allowing Minnesotans greater access to legal fireworks.
The Minnesota Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill that lets employers set a hiring preference for veterans and some of their spouses.
Minnesota lawmakers earn about $30,000 a year, and they haven’t had a pay hike since 1989. However, they’re able to raise their own salaries by taking daily expense payments called “per diem,” which is a kind of back-door pay hike out of public view.
Minnesota will have two constitutional amendments in the next election, after the House and Senate voted in favor of the latest on Wednesday.
The Governor’s Vikings stadium proposal could be brought up at the State Capitol as early as Monday.