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.
Mark Dayton talking with reporters today about his medical issues.
A pilot project in the works for this fall replaces those reams of voter sign-in sheets at polling places with electronic rosters. The Legislature approved the e-roster project in a limited number of precincts. The results will determine if it gets expanded more broadly in future elections.
Blois Olson shared his political ‘Morning Take’ with Dave Lee on WCCO Wednesday morning