A flood aid package meant to assist more than half of Minnesota counties hit with severe flooding cleared the Minnesota Senate on Thursday.
The Minnesota House has voted unanimously to approve about $20 million in extra tax credits and deductions that people can claim when filing forms this winter and spring.
Minimum-wage earners in Minnesota get a pay raise to $8 an hour. For Minnesota’s lowest-paid workers, the most welcome move the Legislature made this year was increasing the minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade.
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.
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.
Officials with the Lake Superior Zoo will seeking funding from the State Legislature after major flooding in 2012 caused significant damage to the area. Representatives from the zoo met with Duluth Mayor Don Ness and administrators late last week.
State Senator Michelle Benson with Dave Lee….click the link to listen to the podcast!
MnSure Executive Director has stepped down. Reaction from Blois on The Morning Take.
Another hat in the ring for Governor in 2014?
Target Center makeover becomes reality…
Pay raises around state government….why?
Join Blois and John Williams tonight at 7:30 for the final Minneapolis Mayoral debate.
Blois Olson returns after a week’s vacation…..
The Eden Prarie Republican met with Mark Ritchie yesterday.