Education Bill Gives Schools Option Of Pre-Labor Day StartMinnesota lawmakers are giving school districts a chance to get their academic years started sooner this fall. An education plan set for upcoming votes by the Legislature would allow all districts to resume classes on Sept. 1 for the coming year only.
State Auditor Otto To Legislature: Don't Let Private Firms Do My WorkTop state lawmakers say they are "very close" to an agreement to hold a special session in the next few days -- but still no official word on when. Republicans and Democrats reached agreement Monday on an education spending bill that was causing the budget impasse. But there's another issue that has the state auditor considering going to court.
As Calls For Budget Vetoes Mount, Dayton Urges CautionGov. Mark Dayton is warning some advocates that a second crack at some parts of the budget may be the wrong move. The Legislature's budget bills still hadn't made it to Dayton's desk as of Wednesday afternoon.
Cornish Passes On Bid To Challenge Walz For CongressThe colorful Tony Cornish is passing on the chance to run for Congress. The Republican state legislator said Wednesday he is happy at the state Capitol and wouldn't try to trade up to Washington. He had been mulling a challenge to Democratic Rep. Tim Walz.
Flood Relief Package Gets Senate Backing; Up Next In HouseA flood aid package meant to assist more than half of Minnesota counties hit with severe flooding cleared the Minnesota Senate on Thursday.
Minnesota House Moves Fast To Approve $20M Tax Cut BillThe 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 Increases To $8 An Hour In Minnesota 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 Tilt Toward Session FinishMinnesota 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.
As Senate Approves Budget, Dayton Urges Restraint 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.
Lawmakers Reach Deal To Hike Minimum Wage To $9.50Minnesota 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.
Lake Superior Zoo Seeks Funding After 2012 FloodingOfficials 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.
12-18-13 Senator Michelle Benson On The Morning News With Dave LeeState Senator Michelle Benson with Dave Lee....click the link to listen to the podcast!