Minnesota lawmakers are back in action after a week away from the Capitol, but their annual session is rapidly winding down. Fewer than four weeks remain before lawmakers must conclude their work. Democratic majorities are hoping to finalize plans for the remaining budget surplus with a mixture of new spending and additional tax relief.
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April is the month to take extra time to honor the families of our military service members — specifically, their children. Tuesday is National Purple Up Day, a still-growing celebration that has only been around for four years now.
Gov. Mark Dayton is capping a push to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage with a ceremony to sign the bill doing just that. Dayton planned to turn the bill into law Monday afternoon in the Capitol Rotunda.
Medical marijuana has not yet been snuffed out in Minnesota. Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, took up the gauntlet Gov. Mark Dayton threw down this week when he dared legislators to vote on the proposal if they felt they could pass it, declining to say if he would veto it.
Minnesota lawmakers are prepared for the final vote on a bill significantly boosting the minimum wage. House approval Thursday would send the bill to Gov. Mark Dayton, who supports the plan to raise the wage to $9.50 by 2016.
The Minnesota House has passed a bill that erases any immunity for state lawmakers facing felony or misdemeanor charges, including drunken driving.
The Minnesota House voted early Wednesday to pass a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law, sending the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton to sign. After nearly 12 hours of debate, the House passed the bill on a 69-63 vote that fell mostly along party lines.
Minnesota senators are set to vote on a spending plan that devotes more money to preschool programs, financial aid for college students and allowances for caregivers for the disabled and elderly. The plan to be debated Tuesday would draw the money from the remaining state budget surplus.
Minnesota legislative leaders appear to have reached a deal to raise the state’s minimum wage. No details have been announced, but top lawmakers called a news conference for Monday morning to discuss an agreement.
Top Democrats in the State House Friday approved a scaled-back version of a major new office building next to the Capitol, dedicated to the Minnesota Senate. The building’s original design had a soaring glass front, with a fitness center and reflecting pool. The scaled back version is slightly more modest, but no less controversial.
The Minnesota House has approved a budget plan that would spend another $322 million of the state’s surplus. Debate went late into the night Thursday as lawmakers, mostly minority Republicans, offered some 40 amendments.
Gov. Mark Dayton has circled a date on his April calendar to deliver a State of the State speech to a joint session of the Minnesota Legislature. Dayton said Wednesday that he’s prepared to give the address on April 23.
A $975 million Minnesota House construction package released Tuesday loads up on college campus projects, provides for statewide civic center upgrades and makes another Capitol restoration installment. The proposal comes in two parts.
The city of St. Paul will go dark for an hour — to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change. Between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, buildings throughout St. Paul will turn off their lights. It’s all part of a global movement called “Earth Hour,” which encourages individuals, businesses and governments to use less energy.