A battle is underway at the State Capitol between public workers who say they need a raise and lawmakers who wonder if the state can afford it.
Minnesota state employees are returning for their first full week of work after a prolonged shutdown, and some got a handshake from Gov. Mark Dayton on the way in.
Some Minnesota Republican senators want to save money by cutting pay and pension contributions for state workers, and Democrats don’t like it.
A state Senate committee has approved a bill that would prohibit public schoolteachers from striking.
Minnesota public workers already pay more for their pensions than public workers in Wisconsin.
Republican leaders in Minnesota say they’re not focused on legislation to remove collective bargaining rights.
Top legislative Republicans say Minnesota can’t solve a $6.2 billion budget shortfall without involving public employees.