GOP Calls For Investigation Of State Auditor's Contract TacticsA top state Republican leader is calling for Minnesota House hearings into the actions of the Democratic state auditor. This is after a WCCO investigation discovered county auditors who accuse State Auditor Rebecca Otto of pressuring them into long-term audit contracts with her office, even though a new state law allows them to hire private audit firms starting next year.
Hefty Roster Of Public Works Projects Lands Before LawmakersJostling has begun among Minnesota cities, counties and state government agencies to get road projects, nature trails, amphitheaters, prison repairs and much more into a public-works borrowing plan that Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature will assemble next year.
1-Day Special Session To Be Held FridayMinnesota's legislative leaders have come to an agreement on a one-day special session.
Lawmakers Adjourn; Dayton Veto Over Education Spending LoomsMinnesota's Legislature finalized a two-year spending plan just before a midnight deadline struck, but they adjourned with a near-certain special session looming to solve an education budget standoff with Gov. Mark Dayton.
Minn. House Passes Education Finance Bill 71 – 59The Minnesota House passed the education finance bill early Monday morning. Just before 4:30 a.m. the House passed the bill 71 to 59.
Daudt Calls Transportation, Tax Plans "Not Likely" For YearAlready gazing ahead to next year, Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt is indicating time has run out on a transportation and tax-cut deal for the 2015 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.
Minnesota Online Lottery Games Experiment To EndThe Minnesota Lottery's experiment with paperless, instant-play tickets sold over the Internet and other platforms will come to an end because Gov. Mark Dayton decided Thursday against vetoing legislation suspending the games.
MN Drivers Could Soon Show Proof Of Insurance ElectronicallySoon, Minnesota drivers can show proof of insurance with a smartphone. Both the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate unanimously approved the new law. Now, it goes to the governor for his signature.
In Session's Final Push, Minnesota Budget Deal Still ElusiveMinnesota's legislative session is moving into its final, frantic week with the full outline of a new state budget still a blur but some potential elements of an agreement coming into focus. The few people in on private negotiations are saying almost nothing, but the Capitol has turned into its usual hothouse of rumors and compromise scenarios.
Andrew Zimmern Pitches 'Snowbate' Tax Renewal At CapitolMinnesota lawmakers got a visit Wednesday from a well-known celebrity chef and food writer lobbying to save the "Snowbate" tax credit for production companies. Andrew Zimmern greeted House members, some of whom took selfies with the famous chef.
Legislators Rally Around Farmers Hit By Bird Flu In BudgetMinnesota lawmakers are hoping to send more help to turkey farmers and the state as they fight a deadly bird flu outbreak.