State Lawmakers Push To Make All Meetings Open To The Public Following Secret Budget TalksThe budget deal came together after round-the-clock negotiations behind closed doors between just three top Republicans and Democrats. Now, some lawmakers are pushing to open up those secret budget meetings.
Gov. Dayton Wants Special Session Answers Next WeekGov. Mark Dayton has asked legislative leaders to make a final call by the end of next week on whether to hold a special session, he told The Associated Press in a Thursday interview.
Study: MNsure Rate Hikes Among The Highest In The CountryMinnesota is ranked number one in a category it might not like -- it has some of the highest health care insurance rate hikes in the country.
Talks Between Gov, House Speaker Begin Tuesday To Avoid ShutdownTalks will get underway Tuesday between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt in an effort to avoid a partial state government shutdown on July 1.
2015 Session: What Was Accomplished, And What Wasn'tMinnesota legislators scrambled to work out a completed budget before the stroke of midnight, but the 2015 legislative session ended in chaos. Lawmakers managed to pass a $42 billion, two-year spending plan, but the education bill in that budget does not include pre-K funding.
Lawmakers Drawing Up Contingency Funding Plans For Bird FluTop Minnesota lawmakers said Friday they're developing contingency plans that would allow state agencies to more easily access emergency response dollars if the spread of avian influenza intensifies in the nation's leading turkey producing state.
Interview: Rep. Kurt Daudt On Legislative PrioritiesThe new speaker of the Minnesota House, Rep. Kurt Daudt, spoke with Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday Morning about road construction, gas prices, education, liquor on Sundays and the Capitol construction project.
Interview: Rep. Daudt On How Republicans Retook The HouseRep. Kurt Daudt was in the WCCO-TV studio to talk with Esme Murphy on Sunday morning.
GOP House Structure Leans RuralRepublicans taking over the state House are forming committees that emphasize their rural/urban split with Democrats. The GOP reduced the number of committees overall even as it added new panels to focus on mining policy and jobs in greater Minnesota.
Daudt Puts Focus On Practical In Split GovernmentThe leader of the House Republican majority-in-waiting says a detailed governing agenda will come later and the focus in the next two years needs to be on the practical.