A Minnesota Republican lawmaker is getting in the middle of Wisconsin’s “right-to-work” debate. Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he’ll sign the bill when it reaches his desk, which would make union membership voluntary.
Low-wage workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are calling for an increase in Minnesota’s minimum wage. The workers say they are forced to rely on government programs to get by. It’s part of a growing debate over whether to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50 an hour. The Service Employees Union says 600 low-paid workers at Twin Cities Airport – including wheelchair pushers, cart drivers and aircraft cleaners – earn an average of $7.73 an hour, and receive millions of dollars in state public assistance.
A Minnesota legislator wants a provision stripped from the Vikings new stadium lease that would prevent the building from being used by businesses that sell guns and other weapons.
Four Minnesota House Republicans have broken party ranks to pass a gay marriage bill, with two Democrats voting against it. Thursday’s 75-59 vote to legalize same-sex marriage sets up a Monday vote in the Senate, where supporters say they have sufficient backing.
A Minnesota lawmaker wants to change state law to allow liquor stores to open for next year’s Super Bowl — even as other legislators renew a perennial push to legalize broader Sunday sales.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration says it will release an “exhaustive” list later Thursday identifying precisely what would be subject to an expanded sales tax.