Minnesota 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.
Top 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.
Gov. 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.
The 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.
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.
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
Minnesota Senate leaders on Tuesday proposed a plan to raise more than $1.8 billion through tax increases on income, business property and tobacco, setting up an uncomfortable vote for some of their fellow Democrats from swing districts.
A Democratic state senator seen as a swing vote on gay marriage says he’ll vote to make it legal in Minnesota.
Among the budgetary items up for debate in the Legislature is whether or not to discontinue Minnesota Care on the eve of implementing the Federal Affordable Care Act, which take effect Jan. 1, 2014.