News Click: State Budget Surplus
Broad Cuts To Drug Sentences Put Minn. Legislature On NoticeMinnesota county attorneys and law enforcement officials say they've reached a deal to make broad reductions to prison sentences for drug offenders.
Republicans Release First Plans For Budget SurplusMinnesota lawmakers took their first steps toward handling a $900 million budget surplus, as House Republicans laid out a rough roadmap Thursday that would split the extra cash between tax cuts and a transportation funding package.
Dayton Looks To Use Surplus For Broadband, Education & Tax CutsGov. Mark Dayton is ready to lay out his wish list for the year. The Democratic governor was expected to unveil his budget proposal for 2016 on Tuesday morning.
Minnesota's Top Lawmakers Spar Over Session CenterpiecesGov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are picking up old disagreements over transportation funding and tax cuts.
Sen. Leroy Stumpf Announces He Won't Run For Re-electionA longtime Democratic state senator says he won't run for re-election, opening a prime seat for Republicans.
Reports To Show How Much Money Was Raised, Spent By Campaigning MN LawmakersLawmakers and political groups are setting the stage for the battle for control of the Legislature. Their quest for cash is shaping up, too.
Special Session Deal Falls Through Yet AgainIs the wait to decide on a special session over? Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are meeting for another round of negotiations. They're nearing the self-imposed deadline for an early February emergency session.
Special Session Clock Ticking For Miners On UnemploymentAs lawmakers make last-ditch efforts to call a special session, hundreds of steelworkers and mine laborers are counting the days until their last unemployment check arrives and know they may have to take jobs that'll pull them away from Minnesota's faltering Iron Range.
Gov., Legislative Leaders Talk Special Session, To No AvailIt's time for a special session status check. Gov. Mark Dayton was set to meet with legislative leaders Thursday morning to discuss his hopes for an emergency session before the Legislature's scheduled March 8 return.
Minnesota Senator Kathy Sheran Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2016A top Minnesota Senate Democrat on social services issues is not seeking re-election in 2016. Sen. Kathy Sheran announced on Monday her plans to retire after her third term is up. Sheran was first elected to the Mankato-area district in 2006.
As $1.9B Surplus Announced, Budget Battle BeginsMinnesota lawmakers from both parties agree that a nearly $1.9 billion budget surplus is good news. They just disagree on how to spend it.