Minnesota Lawmakers Return To Work With Plenty Left To DoOne of the biggest items on their agenda: how to spend the state's $9 billion surplus.
Divided MN Legislature Will Return With Much Undone: A Look At The Major IssuesA deeply divided Minnesota Legislature returns from its Easter-Passover break Tuesday with just five weeks left to decide what to do with the state's $9.25 billion budget surplus plus $1.2 billion in unspent federal pandemic relief.
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.
Can Minnesota Legislature Compromise On Paid Leave?Only 23% of Americans have access to paid family leave through their employer. But now in the Minnesota Legislature, there is a push by both parties to adopt some type of leave proposal.
'There's No Willingness To Negotiate': Deal To Stop MN Business Tax Increase Remains ElusiveMinnesota legislative leaders remain so far apart on a deal to avert a looming increase in unemployment insurance taxes on businesses that they couldn't even agree Thursday on whether the deadline is next Tuesday, or April 30.
Bill From Minnesota Senate Republicans Would Block 'Clean Cars' StandardsA state Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would block the authority of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to adopt “clean car” standards after rules established by the agency without the Legislature's input angered Republicans last summer.
Minnesota House Sports Gambling Legislation Would Give Power To Tribes, Which Signal Their SupportA lead lawmaker in the Minnesota House expressed confidence that his proposal to legalize sports gambling in-person at the state’s casinos and online will pass this year and get the necessary support from tribal nations, key stakeholders that have pushed back on the idea before.
Mask Mandate To Be Dropped For Minnesota Lawmakers On House FloorBeginning this week, masks will no longer be required for Minnesota lawmakers and staff on the floor of the House of Representatives. Additionally, a return to work schedule is on the books for staff members at the Minnesota State Office Building.
Minnesota Lawmakers Aim To Move Fast On Frontline Worker Bonus Checks, Paying Unemployment Fund DebtFrontline workers were excited when the divided legislature struck a deal to pass bonuses for them. That promise came last summer, but today, still no checks.
Senate Republicans Reveal Plan To Resolve Unemployment Fund DeficitMinnesota Senate Republicans on Monday released a $2.73 billion proposal to repay the state’s debt to the federal government for unemployment benefits during the pandemic and prevent a looming tax hike on businesses.
Republicans At State Capitol Pitch $65M For Police Bonuses, ScholarshipsRepublicans and Democrats in the state Legislature are trying to solve law enforcement recruitment challenges felt in departments across the state, putting forward proposals as part of broader public safety plans deemed a top priority this year.