Here’s a look at the 4 things you need to know for May 24, 2015. They include the latest on the upcoming special session, same-sex marriage becoming legal in Ireland, and some new ways to beat the heat at Valleyfair.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt says Gov. Mark Dayton should apologize for saying some Republicans hate public schools.
A measure giving Minnesota counties more power to hire private firms for financial reviews now conducted by the state auditor is likely to be signed into law. But Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t let it stay law for long.
Minnesota legislators scrambled to work out a completed budget before the stroke of midnight, but the 2015 legislative session ended in chaos. Lawmakers managed to pass a $42 billion, two-year spending plan, but the education bill in that budget does not include pre-K funding.
A plan with stricter rules for buffer zones between crops and public waterways is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.
If Gov. Mark Dayton follows through on an education bill veto threat, he’ll have to order lawmakers back to St. Paul for a second try.
Minnesota’s Legislature descended Monday into the usual, end-of-session flurry of finalizing and passing bills.
Minnesota’s legislative leaders have promised they’re making progress on a budget deal. Now they have something to show for it.
Republicans and Democrats are far apart on the biggest spending bills of the year despite intense behind-the-scenes negotiations, and an unusual “Fishing Summit” on Saturday.
A massive, friendly dog padded around Rep. Peggy Bennett’s office this week, hemmed in by a plastic fence he could easily jump.
Minnesota’s Senate is setting up a clash with the House over body cameras and license plate readers.
Senate Republicans are putting pressure on one of Gov. Mark Dayton’s commissioners.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Minnesota on Tuesday and called the state a model for others. He announced that the White House has named Minneapolis a “Promise Zone.” That means the city can get a leg up on the competition when applying for federal grants that create jobs and help close the achievement gap.
Students at Minnesota’s public colleges may have to brace for a tuition bump, as legislative appetite seems to have waned for moves to shift rising costs from students to the state.
A highly contentious debate over education issues kept state lawmakers working through the weekend.
At a rally outside the capitol Saturday, activists say with a $2 billion surplus, now is the time to invest in education. Republicans want to use the surplus to lower taxes.
The Senate has passed a budget bill that funds state government and starts making payments on a new office building for state senators.
The House plan to spend billions more on Minnesota road-and-bridge construction over the coming decade is moving forward.
Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, according to people familiar with her plans.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is writing a memoir. Publishing company Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday the Minnesota Democrat has penned “The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland.” It’s set to be published Aug. 25.
A high-tech device available online is said to be cheating the state out of tens of millions of dollars every year.
Supporters of legalizing Sunday liquor store sales in Minnesota may have to put a cork in it this year.
Ted Cruz announced Monday he’s running for President of the United States. The U.S. Senator from Texas was born in Calgary and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was four years old.
It’s no surprise that many right wing conservatives have questioned the validity of climate change, and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz’s position is no different.
House Republicans targeted a key element of President Obama’s strategy for fighting climate change, releasing a bill to delay the Obama administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution.