Minnesota May Boost Cash Grants For Low-Income FamiliesMinnesota's cash grant for low-income families could increase for the first time in nearly 30 years. A family of three receives about $532 per month. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and some lawmakers in both parties want to increase the grants by $100 to help the nearly 33,000 families in the program deal with rising housing and transportation costs.
Bill Would Scrap MNsure, Move Minnesota To Federal ExchangeA Republican lawmaker has unveiled a plan to abandon MNsure in favor of the federal health insurance exchange. Rep. Matt Dean's bill that would make Minnesota the 38th state to use the federal HealthCare.gov website. His proposal was to be introduced Tuesday, and if successful Minnesota would make the shift for 2017 enrollments.
Daudt, Dean Angle For Top Job In HouseThere will be competition among Republicans for who leads the party's new House majority. Minority Leader Kurt Daudt of Crown and former Majority Leader Matt Dean of Dellwood both say they're running to be House speaker when the Legislature returns to action. They are asking for support from the 72-member caucus, which meets Friday to pick its leadership.
Line Forming Among GOP For Bachmann SeatRepublicans expect a long line of potential candidates from their party to replace Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. State Rep. Matt Dean, a former House majority leader, told The Associated Press that he's inclined to run and would announce his formal intentions soon
Drama Continues At Capitol Over Vikings Stadium BillThe rocky road towards a Vikings stadium deal took another unexpected turn on Tuesday with a new plan from Republicans and strong rhetoric from Governor Mark Dayton.
Redistricting, Political Environment Force Turnovers The Republican Majority Leader of the Minnesota House announced Monday he will be running for re-election against a fellow Republican.
Minn. House Leader To Face Fellow RepublicanMinnesota House Majority Leader Matt Dean is taking on a fellow Republican legislator as he seeks a fifth term at the Capitol.
Minn. House Passes Sex Offender Notification Bill 127-1After a Ramsey County judicial panel gave the green light for Clarence Opheim's release into a neighborhood halfway house, state lawmakers’ phone lines lit up.
Sex Offender’s Release Prompts Backlash, Defense State lawmakers plan to hold a special meeting Monday to try to close a loophole in the sex offender notification law. Republican leaders are hoping to pass a bill allowing the public to be notified before Clarence Opheim is released from a state hospital in St. Peter sometime next week.
Minn. House Speaker To Back Romney Minnesota's House speaker endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney days ahead of the state's political caucuses where the former Massachusetts governor is aiming to duplicate his 2008 win.
1 Week In, Legislators Taking A Week Off At The Capitol?Minnesota lawmakers are picking up right where they left off from last year. The 2012 session so far has been filled with bad feelings and harsh rhetoric. And already, state lawmakers are taking a break.
NFL Timing May Slow Vikes Stadium Momentum For a solid decade, the countdown to the end of the Minnesota Vikings' lease at the Metrodome has hung like a hammer over the political debate on whether citizens should help pay for a new stadium.