The Senate’s soon-to-be-unveiled tax plan will likely affect more than 2 percent of the state’s top earners with an income tax increase, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday.
Pay raises for Minnesota lawmakers won approval Tuesday from the state Senate, but the plan to boost salaries of the governor, Legislature, agency commissioners and other elected officials faces a taller climb in the state House.
Minnesota House lawmakers are weighing whether to expand background checks for firearm purchases, a critical step in whether that measure can pass and become law.
Vice President Joe Biden is taking an interest in Minnesota’s gun law debate.
Top Minnesota lawmakers are tacking toward new gun legislation that wouldn’t impose universal background checks for gun purchases.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says a proposal to require background checks on all firearm purchases probably lacks support to become Minnesota law.
A tussle over pay cuts for Senate Republican staff members has caused an early rift in a legislative session where harmony was the goal.
Following the failure in November of two constitutional amendments championed largely by Republicans, DFL lawmakers now at the Capitol’s helm said Thursday they want to make it tougher to put such measures on the ballot.
Minnesota House and Senate Democrats are laying down a few markers on the upcoming budget debate: Any deal must include spending cuts, a redesigned tax system that draws more from the state’s wealthiest and an on-time, no government shutdown guarantee.
Next year’s big debate over how to reshape the Minnesota tax system will include a serious discussion about school reliance on property tax levies.
Minnesota’s Democratic leaders don’t want anyone to think the 2013 Legislature is not going to vote on legalizing gay marriage.
Voters gave Democrats one-party control of the Minnesota statehouse for the first time in a generation.
Just three weeks after Election Day, its moving day. Democrats are taking over spacious state Capitol offices, and taking on the new Majority.
The two Democrats who will lead the Legislature starting in January will have to manage Democratic ambitions as the party takes full control of the Capitol for the first time in over 20 years.
Democrats who recaptured control of the Legislature are taking a cautious approach to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s goal of raising income taxes on those who earn the most.