Reality Check: Recreational Marijuana In MinnesotaMinnesota lawmakers got their first look this week at the emotional debate over legalizing marijuana.
Reality Check: The ‘Per Diem’ Perks Of Minnesota LawmakersMinnesota lawmakers get a back-door pay hike every year that taxpayers don't see, in the form of automatic daily expense payments called “per diem.” No receipts, no questions asked.
Minn. House Democrats To Disable Capitol ‘Mute’ Button Installed By GOPIt is no secret that the Minnesota lawmakers sometimes hold raucous legislative sessions. But there's something even many lawmakers didn't know. House GOP leaders installed a "mute button” to cut off their microphones if things got rowdy!
Reality Check: Minnesota’s New Minimum WageAbout 219,000 Minnesota workers are getting the pay hike. The minimum wage for small businesses is now $8.01 an hour. And for large employers it goes up to $9.86 an hour. But many workers think it is still too low.
Reality Check 'Raising The Roof': Higher Salary Limits for Local Government EmployeesMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is recommending pay hikes for top public officials around the state – just weeks before he leaves office. Some of those government salaries, covered by taxpayers, are already hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
Reality Check: The Data On Sunday Liquor Sales In MinnesotaMinnesota state revenue officials can now officially say whether or not the end of the Prohibition-era Sunday liquor sales ban was a financial success.
Reality Check: Where Minnesota’s Emergency Farm Bailout Money WentOnly a fraction of a $12 billion federal bailout program to help farmers hurt by trade tariffs has made it to Minnesota. The United States Department of Agriculture reports it has disbursed $1.4 billion in emergency farm aid so far through November 26--- out of the total $12 billion it promised.
Reality Check: Minnesota’s Changing ClimateThe National Climate Assessment predicts devastating consequences if nothing is done about climate change. Minnesota's headline: "Much Hotter Summers, Much Warmer Winters.” The assessment predicts a future Minnesota that doesn't look familiar.
Reality Check: 'Rake' America Great Again?The death toll from the California wildfires now tops 80, and hundreds more are still missing. President Donald Trump blames state officials for not doing enough to prevent the fires. But is that true? And what is the plan to protect the woods in Minnesota?
What Are Minnesota's 10 Most Expensive Public Projects?Construction could begin this winter on the new Southwest Light Rail Line, after a key federal agency gave the go-ahead for the project, ranking among the most expensive public works projects in state history.
Reality Check: How Minnesota Voted in the 2018 Midterm ElectionMinnesota's mid-term election is behind us, and we are now getting a much clearer picture of what happened.Based on new maps and state election data, Women, minorities and anti-President Donald Trump voters held the key to the election. Democrat Tim Walz easily won the Minnesota governor's race. But for many voters, the election was also about Trump. The president campaigned in Minnesota twice, and it helped -- a little.
Reality Check: Did Minnesota Midterm Predictions Come True?Minnesota's turbulent 2018 midterm election is finally over, and it brought some surprises. For many months, polls projected possible winners and losers. So how accurate were they?