Laura Bishop, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Head, Steps Down Ahead Of Likely Ouster By State SenateMPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop resigned, Gov. Tim Walz’s office announced Tuesday, after Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, notified him that the Senate is “refusing” to confirm her.
Minnesota GOP Signals They May Fire Some Walz Cabinet MembersRepublicans who control the Minnesota Senate signaled Friday that they may fire one or more of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz's cabinet commissioners.
MN Department Of Revenue Will Begin Sending Tax Refunds For PPP Loans And Extra Jobless Aid In Next Few WeeksBusinesses that received forgivable payroll loans from the federal government and Minnesotans who got extra jobless benefits last year will begin seeing state tax refunds in the next few weeks, the Minnesota Department of Revenue said Thursday, after the legislature signed off on a tax relief package before ending their work.
Minnesota Passes Budget, Tax Relief And Averts Government ShutdownThreats to derail parts of a delicately crafted $52 billion budget agreement loomed in the final hours of the special session, but the Minnesota Legislature successfully passed outstanding pieces of the two-year state spending plan and averted a partial government shutdown.
MN Legislature's Compromise On Police Reform Leaves Out Key ProposalsThe Minnesota State Legislature has come to a compromise on some police reforms, but the agreement leaves out some key proposals that the People of Color Caucus were calling for.
Special Session Starts; Extension Of Governor's Emergency Powers Renewed Another 30 DaysThe Minnesota House and Senate are starting to meet in Special Session. Lawmakers need to pass a budget before July 1 or the government shuts down.
Walz, Legislators Seek Budget Breakthroughs As Minnesota Capitol ReopensGov. Tim Walz told reporters that he’s hoping they can get the work done during a special session that he will call for Monday, which could last several days.
GOP Makes Fresh Push To End Gov. Walz's Emergency PowersRepublican legislative leaders made a fresh push Wednesday for ending Democratic Gov. Tim Walz's reliance on emergency powers to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, while state health officials reported continued progress on vaccinations and other key measures.
'Not Good Enough And Not Soon Enough': MN GOP Responds To Walz's Timeline To End COVID RestrictionsMinnesota Republicans are arguing that the dial-back is too slow for businesses to return to normal, and are pushing for Walz to end his emergency powers.
Walz, DFL Lawmakers Make Policing Changes Top Issue In Final Days Of Legislative SessionGov. Tim Walz and Democrats are doubling down on their calls for more police policy changes as the session clock runs out next month. But Republicans in the Senate—whose support they need for that to happen—make a final deal far from certain.
Walz Signs Bill Providing $7.8M To Cover Chauvin Trial Security CostsBoth chambers of the Minnesota legislature on Tuesday approved $7.8 million in emergency funding to cover the costs for extra law enforcement during Derek Chauvin’s murder trial in Minneapolis.
‘This Is The Floor, Not The Ceiling': Walz Puts Pressure On Legislature To Pass More Police Reform Following Chauvin Verdict In the hours following a guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, Gov. Tim Walz said he will “burn his political capital” on pressing the Minnesota Legislature to take further action on police accountability measures in the final weeks of session.
Daunte Wright Shooting Puts Pressure On Minnesota Legislature To Pass More Police ReformsOutrage over the police shooting that killed Daunte Wright during a traffic stop is mounting pressure for more police reforms at the state capitol, following the changes approved last year in wake of George Floyd’s death.
House DFL Proposes Fifth Tier Income Tax For High Earners, Some Relief For PPP Loans And Jobless BenefitsThe Minnesota House DFL’s budget includes new income tax bracket for top earners in the state, and some tax relief for small businesses that got Paycheck Protection loans and Minnesotans who received jobless benefits.
Minnesota To Receive Billions In Aid From $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief PlanMinnesota is slated to receive billions in its share of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill the United States Congress approved Wednesday -- a sweeping aid package with targeted assistance for families, vaccines, unemployment, education and more.