Gov. Walz Signs Opioid Bill Targeting Drug Makers, DistributorsThe bill takes some of that burden off the taxpayer and places it on opioid manufacturers and distributors by imposing higher registration fees. It should raise about $21 million annually.
Gov. Tim Walz Ends Transfer Of Power After Successful Knee SurgeryWalz had surgery on his left knee to fix a medial meniscus tear, a common injury for runners.
Gov. Tim Walz To Undergo Knee Surgery ThursdayGov. Tim Walz will be temporarily transferring power to Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Thursday while he undergoes a “minor procedure” on his knee.
Trump Approves Disaster Declaration For MinnesotaPresident Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for spring storms and flooding that caused nearly $40 million in damage to infrastructure across Minnesota.
Gov. Walz Signs Elder Abuse LegislationMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed historic elder abuse legislation Wednesday that will license assisted-living centers for the first time.
Talking Points: State Leaders Look Ahead To 2020 ElectionWith Minnesota being the only divided legislature in the country, both parties are looking ahead to the next election.
After Divisive 2019 Session, Minn. DFL Look To Use GOP's Stalling Against Them In 2020Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called lawmakers back for a special session to complete a $48 billion state budget for the next two years.
Last Bills Settled; Lawmakers Await Word On Special SessionGov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders have now reached agreement on all nine of their major budget bills, and lawmakers are now waiting on the governor to call a special session so they can finish their work for the year.
Gov. Tim Walz, Legislative Leaders Reach Budget DealThe budget deal does not include any gas tax hike. The health care provider tax that Republicans opposed remains, classrooms get a 2% funding boost for each of the next two years and there's a middle-class income tax cut beginning in 2022.
After Negotiations Go Late, Budget Talks To Reconvene At MN Capitol WednesdayThere's no deal yet, but budget talks will continue at the Minnesota Capitol.
Gov. Walz Offers Reduced Gas Tax Hike As Budget Meetings ContinueRepublicans have offered to spend $100 million more on education and public safety, but they are saying no to any new taxes. The Governor says the 2% medical provider tax has to stay, but he has come down several times on his spending proposals. His biggest concession is a 4-cent per gallon drop in his gas tax proposal.