A political newcomer from Eagan is announcing plans to run for Congress as a Democrat in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Thomas Craft is launching his campaign at a Saturday morning event in the State Capitol rotunda.
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Minnesota’s tax revenues for the budget year that ended June 30 came in $463 million ahead of forecast, state officials said Wednesday, and that means more money will be on its way to schools.
A special state House committee on living wage jobs is holding a hearing in Minneapolis on how the state can help meet the need for more workforce training. The Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs meets Thursday morning at a Minneapolis community center.
A quarterly check-up on Minnesota’s tax collections will also offer a glimpse of how the state’s economy is faring moving forward. The update was due out Wednesday from the Department of Minnesota Management and Budget.
It’s the first day of July, and that means new laws are taking effect in Minnesota. Several of them make changes to funding for state programs. Education funding gets a boost and will now include paying for all-day Kindergarten and a tuition freeze for state schools.
Minnesota Republicans called for the immediate repeal of a just-approved tax on commercial warehousing on Thursday, but the demand was met with skepticism from top Democrats who noted that lawmakers have nearly a year to revise or scrap the tax before it takes effect.
Groups that lobbied to advance or block legislation at Minnesota’s Capitol are filing mandatory reports detailing how much they spent on the efforts. The lobbying reports had to be turned into the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board on Monday. They were to be made public early Tuesday.
Some Minnesota businesses that would be subject to a new sales tax expansion are complaining loudly and trying to get parts of it repealed. The pending sales tax on warehousing services is a big concern at companies like Distribution Alternatives in Lino Lakes and Lawrence Transportation in Red Wing.
The group on the losing end of a gay marriage legalization debate in Minnesota has confirmed it was significantly outspent on legislative lobbying. Minnesota for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage, said Friday that it spent more than $200,000 to try to defeat the measure.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, known for being his own biggest political benefactor, said Wednesday he doesn’t plan to use personal money in his 2014 re-election campaign on quite the scale of his last two campaigns.
Gov. Mark Dayton is holding a series of private events where he ceremonially “signs” bills from the recently finished legislative session. Dayton held several ceremonies Tuesday and plans a handful more Wednesday.
Mark Ritchie, the Minnesota secretary of state and elections chief who steered the state through contentious back-to-back recounts including U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s slim victory over Republican Norm Coleman, said Tuesday that he will not run for a third term next year.
State legislators from around the country will be called together next summer in Minnesota. The National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan research and policy group, is planning its annual legislative summit in Minneapolis. It’s set for August 2014.
A contentious fight over union organizing among certain home-based child care and home health care workers is headed back to court. Opponents say they will challenge a law signed just days ago.