Steve Drazkowski

After Vote, Labor Contracts For State Workers In LimboNew labor contracts containing raises for thousands of Minnesota state government employees got thrown into limbo Thursday after a legislative panel reviewing the agreements failed to ratify them.
Minnesota House Defeats Sunday Liquor Sales In Close VoteIt was last call Tuesday at the Minnesota State Capitol for Sunday liquor store sales. The Minnesota House defeated Sunday sales, shutting down the effort for another year. The Senate defeated a similar measure two weeks ago.
House GOP Walks Thin Line In Doling Out Budget SurplusA projected $1.87 billion budget surplus puts majority House Republicans in a game of tug-of-war — not just with Democrats who control the rest of state government, but within their own party's competing and sometimes conflicting priorities over how much should be spent versus returned to taxpayers.
Republican Lawmakers Respond To Governor's Pay HikesMinnesota Republican leaders today ramped up their criticism of Gov. Mark Dayton's hefty pay hikes for his Cabinet. The Democratic governor issued a letter to the legislature, calling the pay hikes "necessary" and "legal."
Good Question: How Common Is Welfare Fraud? A Deephaven couple was in a Florida jail Wednesday night awaiting extradition back to Minnesota. Colin and Andrea Chisholm are accused of bilking the state out of $167,000, starting back in 2005. Prosecutors say they lived in a $1 million home and, at one point, owned $1 million yacht while they were receiving cash assistance, food support and medical assistance.
Minn. House Backs Water Fee HikesDemocrats in the Minnesota House and Senate are looking for new ways to collect money. If their latest plan passes, that glass of water from your kitchen faucet may be getting more expensive.
Personal Care Givers Hope To Vote On UnionizingThousands of Minnesota's personal care attendants are asking state lawmakers to allow them to vote on a union.
Minnesota House Approves Medicaid Expansion More than 35,000 low-income Minnesota residents moved closer Monday to becoming eligible for a subsidized health insurance program, part of a state buy-in to the controversial new federal health care law.
In Midwest, GOP Shrinks From Union Battles Fifteen months after taking control of Minnesota's Legislature, Republicans have put a gay marriage ban on this November's ballot, moved to expand gun rights and cast dozens of votes to cut state spending. But there's one issue where they failed to get traction: watering down the strength of organized labor with a right-to-work law.
Legislator Wants To End Pay Equity ReportingA Minnesota lawmaker wants to end a state program that fines municipalities for pay inequities based on gender.
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