Gov. Mark Dayton wants to stiffen the penalties for financial scammers who target older and vulnerable Minnesotans. The Democratic governor included a new financial protection law in his two-year budget proposal.
Legislation reeling in the Minnesota Lottery’s spread into sales of tickets through gas pumps, ATMs and its Internet site is again on the move.
Getting caught texting while driving could carry a steeper fine. Entrance fees at Minnesota state parks would rise slightly to pay for upkeep. Meat, poultry, canning and other food-production plants would be more likely to come under inspection thanks to beefed-up budgets.
The Metropolitan Council says that in 2014 Metro Transit buses and trains had the highest ridership tally in more than 30 years.
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill to help rebuild Minnesota roads and restore lands hit by flooding last June. Dayton signed the bill Tuesday. The bill provides $17.3 million in state aid, including $11.8 million for flood and disaster relief.
Minnesota Republicans say Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed $42 billion budget is too large. House Speaker Kurt Daudt declined Tuesday to put a number on how much smaller the state’s two-year budget should be.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal includes almost $10 million to replace two planes used for state employee travel.
A $1 billion surplus sounds like plenty for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to spread around for new education initiatives, tax cuts and road and bridge improvements.
Quickly adopted tax legislation that provides breaks to tens of thousands of Minnesota taxpayers is now law. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Saturday when it landed on his desk. Lawmakers gave it final approval late last week.
Abortion opponents say a new Republican majority in the Minnesota House could help them out this year. They’re undeterred by a governor who says he doesn’t see himself signing any new abortion restrictions. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life has three legislative priorities this year.
Minnesota lawmakers are outlining their proposals to change the state’s child protection system. Four legislators were rolling out a plan Wednesday. They serve on a task force Gov. Mark Dayton created after media reports of bureaucratic faults in the death of a 4-year-old boy.
Representatives of Minnesota’s child care industry say a push to fund all-day preschool will make their services more expensive. Senate Democrats want to set aside money for statewide preschool programs starting with the 2015 school year.
Minnesota is in search of a new government executive to recruit other executives.
Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to make the state’s workforce more diverse. The state’s new Diversity and Inclusion Council aims to better recruit and retain employees from diverse backgrounds. The governor signed an executive order Tuesday creating the council. Dayton’s administration has also hired a full-time recruiter dedicated to the task.
Gov. Mark Dayton will seek approval for an expanded child care tax credit that would extend the benefit to 92,000 more Minnesota families.