GOP Calls For Investigation Of State Auditor's Contract TacticsA top state Republican leader is calling for Minnesota House hearings into the actions of the Democratic state auditor. This is after a WCCO investigation discovered county auditors who accuse State Auditor Rebecca Otto of pressuring them into long-term audit contracts with her office, even though a new state law allows them to hire private audit firms starting next year.
Dayton To Stall Special Session Til Anti-State Auditor Law RepealedBecause of State Capitol construction disruption, the State Office Building will be home to the bare-bones special session. Preparations are underway to squeeze the House and Senate inside two small hearing rooms. But those details are looming large.
GOP Takes On Government, Campaign Finance Rules In BudgetHouse Republicans are staking out their boldest budget stance yet. The House was set to take up a bill funding state government Friday with a final vote expected hours later.
Big Raise For Met Leader Despite Salaries Deal Even after lawmakers stopped hefty raises for members of Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet, the chairman of the Metropolitan Council's salary still doubled to nearly $123,000, according to state salary documents obtained by the Associated Press.
Republican Lawmakers Respond To Governor's Pay HikesMinnesota Republican leaders today ramped up their criticism of Gov. Mark Dayton's hefty pay hikes for his Cabinet. The Democratic governor issued a letter to the legislature, calling the pay hikes "necessary" and "legal."
Minn. House Passes Plan To Redraw Political LinesThe Minnesota House has passed a GOP plan to redraw the state's legislative district lines to reflect population changes of the last 10 years.