ST. PAUL — State lawmakers are laying out a contingency plan should budget negotiations in the nation's only divided Legislature fall flat. Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, May 16, on a party-line vote advanced a bill that would continue state funding at levels slightly above existing ones if legislative leaders and the governor can't strike a budget deal before Monday, May 20.
ST. PAUL — Legislative leaders and the governor reentered closed-door budget negotiations Tuesday, May 14, a day after they deadlocked and broke off talks. For more than eight hours on Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, and House Speaker Melissa Hortman, D-Brooklyn Park, discussed possible paths to a timely budget deal. Democrats and Republicans sit on either side of a $2 billion divide in terms of how much the state should spend over the next two years.
ST. PAUL — Budget negotiation talks remained in limbo Wednesday, May 8, days after Minnesota legislative leaders and the governor deadlocked over plans to raise taxes to fund boosts to education, road repairs and other state government spending. But two key leaders said they'd be willing to talk shop Saturday, May 11, at the Governor's Fishing Opener. The event has traditionally offered a reprieve from budget talks for legislative leaders and the governor as they cast their first lines of the fishing season together.
ST. PAUL -- Leaders in the nation's only divided Legislature dug in hours before the Minnesota House of Representatives was set to debate two gun control measures Monday, April 29, as part of a larger public safety funding proposal. House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, rallied with gun control supporters Monday morning and said the measure would pass in the House, despite opposition from some in her caucus. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, meanwhile, said the bills would be "dead" in the Senate.
ST. PAUL -- A proposal to hike Minnesota's tax on gasoline took a step forward Monday, April 29, in the state Capitol. The Minnesota House of Representatives on a 74-58 vote approved a plan to phase in a 20-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase over the next four years as part of the body's $7.2 billion transportation spending plan.
ST. PAUL -- Let's write our own story. That was Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's ask of lawmakers this week as he delivered his first State of the State address. Rather than caving to political ideologies or legislative precedents, the members of the nation's only divided state Legislature would have a chance to work together and prove they can compromise.
ST. PAUL -- Buckle up, Minnesota. Construction season is on the way. The state Department of Transportation on Thursday, April 4, unveiled its list of 221 infrastructure construction projects slated for this spring and summer. And department leaders shared them with a word of warning for Minnesotans: get ready to spend some more time in the car.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Walz is set to share the stories of eight Minnesotans to illustrate the impact policy decisions at the Capitol have on real people, including one from Goodhue County.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Walz is set to share the stories of eight Minnesotans to illustrate the impact policy decisions at the Capitol have on real people. Hours before his first State of the State address, the DFL governor on Wednesday, April 3, said he'd stray from using a teleprompter or a "poll-tested speech" and instead deliver his remarks off the cuff. And he said he'd use the stories of entrepreneurs, farmers, teachers and veterans to convince lawmakers to work across political lines of division.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers get to set the stage for the legislative session in the state's only divided government, and Gov. Tim Walz said he hopes they'll listen to their "better angels" as they do so. In his first State of the State address Wednesday, April 3, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor said he'll focus on the importance of working across the political aisle to get things done.