Democratic Leaders Say Minnesotans United On Changing Marijuana LawsEleven states and Washington, D.C. have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Marijuana dispensaries in Illinois sold nearly $40 million worth of recreational weed in the first month of legal sales there.
Talking Points: Rep. Ryan Winkler Discusses The Push To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In MinnesotaThe legalization push has a powerful new advocate who will be introducing the bill when the next legislative sessional gets underway in February.
Minnesota Capitol In Partisan Gridlock Again As Session's End ApproachesPressure is mounting on state lawmakers with less than a month remaining, and little to show for it.
DFL Rep. Melissa Hortman Elected Speaker Of The HouseState Rep. Melissa Hortman was elected Speaker of the House-designate by the Minnesota House DFL at its organizational caucus Thursday.
State Rep. Debra Hilstrom Running For Attorney GeneralDemocratic state representative and prosecutor Debra Hilstrom, of Brooklyn Center, has become the latest candidate to enter the race for Minnesota attorney general.
Sharp-Tongued Democratic Rep. Winkler To Resign, Move AbroadA Minnesota Democratic legislator who fought to raise the minimum wage and is known for speeches that mocked Republican rivals as well as politicians in his own party said Thursday he will give up his seat in the state House as his family moves abroad.
After Minimum Wage Boost, Some DFLers Turn To Paid LeaveSome Minnesota Democrats want to build on a successful push to raise the minimum wage by establishing a statewide paid family leave program. Giving workers up to six weeks off for a birth, adoption or to take care of a sick relative will improve morale, boost productivity and ultimately save employers money, advocates say.
Honour: Freeze Minimum Wage, Cut Minnesota Taxes Four days after Minnesota's minimum wage rose to $8 an hour, a top Republican candidate for Minnesota governor proposed freezing the wage at its current level, and abolishing future automatic increases.
Restaurant Owners Make Stand Against Proposed Minimum Wage IncreaseRestaurant and resort owners were at the Capitol Monday, lobbying against the proposed increase in the minimum wage. They say most servers already make well over the minimum wage when you factor in tips. Some said the increase would force them to lay off employees and raise prices, and they are trying to get lawmakers to carve out exceptions to the current proposed increase.
Minimum Wage Debate Ramps Up Before 2014 SessionPresident Barack Obama shed a national spotlight on Minnesota Tuesday night when he praised a Minneapolis business owner during his State of the Union speech.
MSP Airport Workers Want Minimum Wage IncreaseLow-wage workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are calling for an increase in Minnesota's minimum wage. The workers say they are forced to rely on government programs to get by. It's part of a growing debate over whether to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50 an hour. The Service Employees Union says 600 low-paid workers at Twin Cities Airport – including wheelchair pushers, cart drivers and aircraft cleaners - earn an average of $7.73 an hour, and receive millions of dollars in state public assistance.