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.
Gov. Walz, Legislative Leaders Continue State Budget NegotiationsTwo major budget sticking points concern Gov. Walz's proposed 20-cent gas tax and the already in place 2% medical provider tax, which sets aside money for low-income Minnesotans for health care.
Minnesotans Participate In Governor's Fishing Opener In Albert LeaGov. Tim Walz kicked off the 72nd fishing opener in Albert Lea Saturday morning. He took the day to fish on Fountain Lake.
Governor's Fishing Opener Weekend Kicks Off With Community Picnic In Albert LeaFor the very first time in its 70-year history, the Governor's Fishing Opener is taking place in Albert Lea, just 90 miles south of the Twin Cities.
Gov. Walz Hits The Road To Tout Drinking Water SafetyMinnesota Governor Tim Walz is highlighting the importance of safe drinking water.
Gov. Walz, Legislative Leaders Miss Deadline For Budget TargetsDemocratic Gov. Tim Walz and top leaders of the Minnesota House and Senate have missed a self-imposed deadline for setting overall budget targets to guide negotiations for ending the legislative session.
Talking Points: Speaker Melissa Hortman Discusses Legislature DeadlinesThe legislature is trying to do things differently this year. They're hoping to get all their work finished before the end of the session, which is in just two weeks.
2019 Brings A New Mix To Minnesota's Big Conference TableThere’s a new mix at Minnesota’s big conference table for the always-contentious negotiations at the end of the legislative session over the big questions of taxes and spending.
Minnesota Governor Signs Repeal Of Marital Rape ExemptionGov. Tim Walz has signed a bill repealing a Minnesota law that prevented prosecutors from filing rape charges against people accused of sexually assaulting their spouses.
Walz Orders Flags Lowered For Fallen OfficerGov Tim Walz has ordered flags to fly at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota in honor of a conservation officer who died on duty.