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.
A fired aide’s lawsuit tied to a Minnesota Senate sex scandal means the episode will echo throughout the campaign season, creating a political hazard for majority Republicans and a delicate situation for Democrats, too.
Sen. Tom Bakk (D – Cook) and Rep. David Dill (D-Crane Lake) are proposing an amendment to move up the opening weekend of the 2012 fishing season by one week.
Senate Majority Leader David Senjem says he probably will not hold a Rules and Administration Committee hearing about the GOP use of taxpayer money in creating what were perceived as campaign materials.
A modest surplus means Minnesota lawmakers don’t have to tinker with the state budget.
Gov.-elect Mark Dayton and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson are appearing together on Tuesday to raise money for food shelves.
Democrat Mark Dayton says he’s sticking with his plan to tax top incomes as he contemplates a state budget even as the undecided governor’s race went before Minnesota’s high court on Monday.