DFL Sen. Tom Bakk Says GOP's PolyMet Move Could BackfireMinnesota's Senate majority leader says he's worried a Republican push to make a special session contingent on a PolyMet project pledge could do more harm than good.
Minnesota Legislators Expect Costly Fix To Sex Offender ProgramThe state of Minnesota is trying to figure out what to do with more than 700 sex offenders that a Federal court ruled are being held unconstitutionally.
Lawmakers Drawing Up Contingency Funding Plans For Bird FluTop Minnesota lawmakers said Friday they're developing contingency plans that would allow state agencies to more easily access emergency response dollars if the spread of avian influenza intensifies in the nation's leading turkey producing state.
Minn. Senate Panel Approves $77M Senate Building A plan to construct a $77 million building to house Minnesota's 67 state senators is moving forward after the Senate Rules Committee approved the proposal on Monday. The project matches one that the House Rules Committee approved Friday by a single vote. It would cost $13 million less than the original proposal the Senate Rules Committee approved earlier this year.
Voters Could Get Say On Auto-Hikes To Minimum WageSenate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says voters should decide whether Minnesota's minimum wage climbs automatically. A constitutional amendment that he and another prominent senator put in play Thursday would ask voters this fall if they think the wage should be forever linked to inflation.
Minimum Wage Hike Advocates Rally At Minn. CapitolA political coalition pushing for a minimum wage increase in Minnesota is rallying in the Capitol rotunda as the new legislative session gets underway. House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk are scheduled to speak at the Tuesday event sponsored by the Raise the Wage Coalition.
Minn. Senate Leader: Minimum Wage Hike UnlikelyThe state Senate majority leader says a proposed increase in the state minimum wage is not likely to happen this session because Democrats in the House and Senate can't agree how much to raise it. Sen. Tom Bakk says Thursday there are not enough votes among Senate Democrats.
Bakk Talks Sales Tax Rebate For Out-Of-State MOA ShoppersGov. Mark Dayton's plan to extend the state sales tax to clothing has drawn strong opposition from the Mall of America, which attracts out-of-state visitors with the promise of tax-free purchases.
Minnesota Democrats Make Leadership Choices Democrats who won legislative majorities in Tuesday's election are picking their top leaders.