2015 Session: What Was Accomplished, And What Wasn'tMinnesota legislators scrambled to work out a completed budget before the stroke of midnight, but the 2015 legislative session ended in chaos. Lawmakers managed to pass a $42 billion, two-year spending plan, but the education bill in that budget does not include pre-K funding.
Reality Check: The ‘No Session 2016’ MovementAn interesting new idea from some Minnesota lawmakers this year: Cancel next year's legislative session. The "No Session 2016" movement began the first hour of the first day of the 2015 legislature, when top leaders revealed that they're talking about it.
GOP Majority Leader Calls For Unity In Minn. HouseMembers of the newly-elected Minnesota House took the oath of office in a major construction zone Tuesday. The Capitol is shrouded in scaffolding. Lawmakers and their families navigated closed-off hallways and long elevator lines to open the session. The new Republican majority selected Rep. Kurt Daudt as the powerful house speaker.
New Hands At Wheel As Minnesota Legislature Returns For DutyMinnesota lawmakers are returning to action in a session where they'll have to navigate a new political dynamic and widespread Capitol construction. The five-month session starts at noon Tuesday. It's when Republicans formally regain House control.
Secret Doors & Hidden Skylights: Inside The Capitol’s RestorationThe Minnesota State Capitol restoration makes the building look the way it did more than 100 years ago, when Minnesota's best craftsmen built its most visible public landmark. But this project is repairing a century of cover-ups and patch-overs. Project Manager Jason McMillan showed us skylights hidden for decades above false ceilings.