'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.
Senate GOP Approves $20 Million For Chauvin Trial, But Seeks To Delay New Police RequirementsSenate Republicans on Monday approved funds for security surrounding Derek Chauvin’s trial for George Floyd’s death, but the proposal would also delay implementation of new policing requirements, drawing the ire of Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka Open To 'Up Front' State Resources Chauvin Trial SecurityThe top Republican in the Senate had previously been firm in his opposition to the governor’s $35 million SAFE account, calling it a bailout by Minneapolis.
Minnesota House Pulls $35M Security Fund For Chauvin TrialA partisan dispute over who should pay for reinforcing police during the murder trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with killing George Floyd came to a head Monday at the Minnesota Legislature, where the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate debated two very different plans.
Talking Points: Debate Over Chauvin Trial Security Funding ContinuesThe debate over paying for security at the trial continues, with outstate Minnesota representatives saying they don't want any part of the bill.
Senate GOP Pitches Cuts To Minneapolis Funding If City Doesn't Reimburse For Additional Police HelpA proposal from Minnesota Senate Republicans would require Minneapolis to pay back cities for additional police help for the trials of the ex-officers charged with George Floyd’s death—and failure to reimburse those costs would cut into the city’s share of funding from the state.
Battle Looms At Capitol Over Security Costs For George Floyd TrialsRepublicans and Democrats are deeply divided over Gov. Tim Walz’s plan to cover added security costs triggered by the impending trials of the ex-officers charged with George Floyd’s death, teeing up a larger battle at the Minnesota Capitol over how the state should handle responding to civil unrest.
Gov. Walz's 2-Year, $52B Budget Proposal Calls For Income Tax Hike For Those Earning $1M+Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has released his two-year budget proposal, saying his package bolsters his education plan and offers economic relief for small businesses and families hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reopen Businesses, No New Taxes: Senate GOP Releases 2021 List Of Legislative PrioritiesIn addition to reigning in government spending, Senate Republicans say they are going to focus on blocking the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency from implementing emissions standards from California.