Minnesota’s legislative leaders have promised they’re making progress on a budget deal. Now they have something to show for it.
Minnesota budget negotiations entered a holding pattern Tuesday, with each side urging the other to take the first step to bridge an enormous divide over tax cuts and transportation funding that has narrowed little through days of private meetings.
Minnesota state senators have found some new digs in downtown St. Paul. Senate Democrats and staffers will move into a temporary office space in the UBS Tower in late May as construction consumes the Capitol. They’ll stay there until a new senate office building opens early next year.
State officials say about half of Minnesota roads and bridges are more than 40 years old, nearing the end of their useful lives.
Last week’s confrontation over Minnesota agency commissioner pay gave way Monday to a calmer tone between two key Democrats in the middle of it, Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk.
Minnesota lawmakers kicked off the new session Thursday with a sweeping package of unusual legislative priorities.
After backing off a proposed gas tax increase in the face of opposition from Gov. Mark Dayton, state Senate Democrats on Wednesday proposed an alternative in the form of a new sales tax on fuel sales at the wholesale level as a way to raise money for road and bridge projects.
Senate Democrats are looking to help Minnesota’s youngest students with their budget choices on education.
Jason DeRusha hits “reply all” to viewer’s good questions.
AFL-CIO leaders say union members in Wisconsin will keep fighting against proposed anti-union legislation, even if it passes.