Abeler Aims For Return To Legislature In Senate RunA former Republican lawmaker is eyeing a return to the Legislature after just a year away. Rep. Jim Abeler spent eight terms in the House before stepping away in 2014 for a failed bid for the U.S. Senate.
Vietnam Veterans Honored At Fort Snelling CeremonyThe ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. buildup of military personnel in South Vietnam. The Pentagon wants to elevate the status of Vietnam vets to the status of World War 2 and Korean War veterans.
GOP Calls Dayton ‘Out Of Touch’ Following Cabinet Pay HikeGov. Mark Dayton was preparing to announce pay raises for his state agency commissioners as Republicans were warning exorbitant increases would become a campaign issue next year.
Session 2015: Where Issues Stand With Special Session DoneThe Legislature wrapped up its 2015 work in a flurry, with lawmakers working nearly a month late to finalize a $42 billion budget. Here's a look at some of the state's new laws, some that failed, and what may be on the horizon.
Winkler's Resignation From Legislature Effective July 1Minnesota's Legislature will be down a member starting in July. Democratic Rep. Ryan Winkler has submitted his formal resignation that is effective on July 1. The fifth-term lawmaker previously said he would step down as his family relocates to Europe for his wife's career move.
Gov. Dayton Signs Bills, Avoiding Government ShutdownMinnesota Governor Mark Dayton today signed into law the budget bills passed overnight by a Special Session of the Legislature, avoiding a partial state government shutdown.
Lawmakers Take Extraordinary Measures To Advance Late BudgetMinnesota's path to a new state budget took another abrupt turn Friday when Democratic senators reworked a funding bill for agricultural and environmental programs instead of passing a plan negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans.
Layoffs Loom For Thousands Of State Workers As Budget Talks StallThousands of state workers will get layoff notices on Monday. It comes after another day of budget talks between Governor Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt.
Dayton To Meet With Daudt On Possible Special SessionGovernor Mark Dayton will meet with House Speaker Kurt Daudt Tuesday to lay the groundwork for a special session. The two are trying to work things out to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Gov. Dayton Not Sorry For Saying GOP Hates Public SchoolsMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he will not apologize for comments he made about Republicans after lawmakers did not pass his top priority: statewide pre-kindergarten programs. Dayton plans to veto the $17 billion education bill later this week and call a special session of the legislature to pass a new version instead.
Good Question: How Often Are There Special Sessions?On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton sent a veto letter to House Speaker Kurt Daudt for what the governor called an “insufficient” $17 billion education budget bill.
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.