'Different Philosophical Approaches': GOP, DFL At Minn. Capitol Diverge On Public Safety PlansA key Senate Republican legislature said he disagreed with a core piece of a DFL crime-fighting proposal that giving state funds to community groups, an example of how deeply divided the two parties are in their approach to public safety and a signal of the long road ahead to reach a compromise.
Lawmakers Mull Expanding Outreach To Farmers, Communities About Climate ChangeMinnesota would have one of the first coordinated climate service -- "weather ready" —programs in the country if a proposal passes at the state legislature, a climate expert told lawmakers Thursday.
Minnesotans Tire Of Cold March Weather, Ready For SpringMinnesotans know it can snow in late March and early April, but it doesn't mean they have to like it.
State Lawmakers Weigh Providing Relief To Minnesotans Grappling With High Energy Bills, Surcharges From Feb. 2021 Polar VortexMinnesota lawmakers are mulling proposals aimed at providing relief to utility customers who are paying for surge charges incurred during a cold snap last February when a winter storm in Texas disrupted natural gas supplies.
‘A Game Changer:’ Minnesota Legislature Passes $25M For ALS Research, CaregivingThe Minnesota Legislature, with overwhelming bipartisan support, approved $25 million for ALS research and caregiving Monday, which advocates say is the largest investment by any state in the country to find a cure for the rare neurological disease.
First-Of-Its-Kind Program Helps Firefighters, Most Of Whom Are Part-Time, With Health Care CostsNinety percent of Minnesota's 20,000 firefighters are part-time, which means they don't have access to health benefits. The Hometown Heroes Assistance Program allows them to get an insurance policy and mental health support.
MacKenzie Scott Donates $13.5M To Twin Cities Habitat For Humanity Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott awarded $13.5 million for the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, a “game-changer” that the organization says will help it achieve its goal of advancing racial equity in housing.
Bill In Minnesota Legislature Would Prohibit Social Media Algorithms Targeting KidsA proposal with bipartisan support at the capitol would prohibit social media companies from targeting children under the 18 with algorithms in a move that supporters say will help mitigate the harmful effect of certain content on kids.
Hopkins H.S. Student Pushes Legislature For Free Pads, Tampons In Minnesota SchoolsOn a recent afternoon, 15-year-old Elif Ozturk took a trip after class at Hopkins High School to the Minnesota State Capitol. She wasn’t there for a tour. She was there to testify.
MN GOP Bill Proposes Paid Leave Via Private Insurance, Tax Credits For Small BusinessesThe proposal from Republicans is in response to a years-long push by DFL lawmakers to approve a paid family and medical leave program run by state government, similar to the unemployment insurance program.
Lake Street Businesses Still Bouncing Back After Civil Unrest Damage, PandemicLake Street Council, a nonprofit that supports the community and its entrepreneurs, raised $12 million in donations following the civil unrest and it’s invested $8.5 million already, helping more than 400 businesses re-open. But executive director Allison Sharkey knows it’s not enough to meet the need.
'I Was Just Appalled': Family Drives Cross-Country To Return Home After Canceled Sun Country FlightA road trip across half the country wasn't part of the itinerary for Faribault resident Nancy Dolter's family. It was their solution of necessity after being stranded in Tampa when their Sun Country flight got cancelled within hours of departure.
Minnesota Vikings Licenses Plates? Bill At Capitol Would Make It RealityProceeds would benefit the Minnesota Vikings Foundation, which focuses on health and education initiatives for kids. To get one, drivers would need to make an annual donation of $30 to the charitable organization.
Gun Safety Advocates Call For Stronger Minnesota Laws, Though Policy Action Appears UnlikelyGun safety advocates returned to the capitol in-person on Wednesday for the first time since the pandemic began two years ago to urge the Minnesota Legislature to expand background checks for all gun sales and approve “red flag” laws.
Minnesota Lawmakers Poised To Pass Deadline To Replenish Jobless Claims Fund, Spare Businesses Tax HikeA divided Minnesota Legislature is still at odds over a proposal to replenish the state’s unemployment trust fund, which means businesses in the state are poised to see higher tax bills come Tuesday, a deadline set by the state agency handling payroll taxes that support jobless claims.