Minnesota finance officials say lawmakers have a $1 billion projected surplus at their disposal in the upcoming session. The estimate provided Thursday in a new economic forecast should make for a smoother path to a new two-year budget.
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Just a month before the 2015 Minnesota Legislature begins, the Capitol is in chaos. But it’s not because of politics. The 109-year-old State Capitol building is in the middle of a massive renovation that will mean limited public access during the session.
A number of Minnesota high school and college students expressed their disappointment with the Ferguson, Missouri outcome by walking out of school. They joined students who staged walkouts in more than 50 cities across the country on Monday.
Minnesota voters had their say, but this year’s election is only now at its official conclusion. The state Canvassing Board was to convene Tuesday to put the final stamp on an election that saw Democrat incumbents comfortably win races for governor and Senate after being subjected to recounts in their prior campaigns.
At least four rallies are planned in Minnesota in the wake of the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri, not to indict officer Darren Wilson and hundreds of students in Minneapolis staged a sit-in to voice their discontent.
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The party’s over for Minnesota Democrats. After two years of calling the shots in state government — a span in which they legalized gay marriage, raised the minimum wage and launched a state-run health exchange — their new reality is one of shared control with Republicans who gained a state House majority.
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The group “Freeze Don’t Shoot” plans to hold a rally at every state capitol Saturday to highlight officer-involved shootings of family pets. The Minnesota chapter was formed in July. Julie Whalen, the administrator of the Minnesota Facebook page, says the local group has about 130 members, and about 50 plan to attend Saturday afternoon’s rally in St. Paul to address what they call an “epidemic” of shootings.
The Twin Cities Marathon is still a few days away, but preps around the course are already underway and it may mean motorists will need to plan a detour.
This year’s service will honor Fire Chief Matthew Frantz, of Rice Lake.
The golden sculpture atop Minnesota’s Capitol is temporarily losing a defining feature. Crews will use a crane Tuesday to remove the charioteer that is symbolically steering the golden horses.
As part of National “Drive Electric” Week, electric vehicle owners will gather at the state capitol Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Parachutes are about to punctuate the sky over Minnesota’s Capitol. An elite team of Navy skydivers planned to jump from a plane to the Capitol lawn on Wednesday afternoon as part of a Navy Week celebration in the state.
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It’s been a year since Minnesota’s gay and lesbian couples got the right to legally marry. The anniversary of the state allowing same-sex marriage arrived Friday.
This Friday, drivers will have to reduce their speed in construction zones. A new law will force motorists to slow down to 45 miles per hour or face a costly ticket if they are caught speeding in roadside work zones. The new law comes after the deaths of Craig Carlson and Ron Rajkowski, who were hit and killed in October of 2011.
Just because school is out, doesn’t mean students have to stop learning. A first-of-its-kind camp wrapped up in North Minneapolis this week. The “Built By Best Camp” took middle school students out of the class room to see how math and science are everyday skills.
The suburban city of Farmington is offering itself up as a temporary fill-in for the state Capitol. State Rep. Pat Garofalo says his city would be perfect to host a special legislative session to address spring flooding damage.
New campaign finance reports will detail how candidates in Minnesota’s most hotly contested congressional races are faring in their hunt for money. Federal candidates had until Tuesday to file reports with regulators saying how much they raised and spent from April through June.
A new commission tasked with studying whether Minnesota’s records and data practices laws are keeping up with the times is getting off the ground. The Legislative Commission on Data Practices was holding its inaugural meeting Tuesday near the state Capitol.
Call it the mother of all fixer-uppers. If you’ve been watching the restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol recently, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The $272 million dollar renovation enters a major new phase this week, with most of the Capitol shut off from the public for the first time in its 109-year history.
Minnesota’s defense against future budget shortfalls is a bit sturdier. State finance officials said Tuesday they deposited $150 million more into Minnesota government’s main rainy-day account.