- Dayton vetoes agriculture-environment and jobs-energy bills Updated: May-23-15 6:19 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Gov, Mark Dayton vetoed two major budget bills ahead of a Saturday night deadline for final action on measures that passed before the end of the legislative session, but he proposed a temporary tax cut in return for a scaled back version of his proposal for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds.
- Dayton proposes tax cut in exchange for more education money Updated: May-23-15 6:18 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov, Mark Dayton proposed a tax cut in return for a scaled-back version of his plan for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds.
- Dayton takes preschool pitch to Minnesota's tiniest students Updated: May-22-15 5:56 pm
APPLE VALLEY, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton took his pitch for statewide preschool directly to Minnesota's smallest students on Friday as he gears up to convince legislators to fund one of his top priorities.
- For Senate leader Bakk, session's end exposes divisions Updated: May-22-15 3:26 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - All eyes heading into this year's legislative session were on new House Speaker Kurt Daudt, under pressure to hold together 71 fellow Republicans back in power and eager to slash government spending.
- Earmark hands Annandale $2 million in rural broadband money Updated: May-22-15 7:13 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The central Minnesota city of Annandale would get one-fifth of the new money available statewide for broadband Internet build-outs in an earmark that passed the Legislature this week with no time to spare.
- Sharp-tongued Democratic Rep. Winkler to resign, move abroad Updated: May-21-15 1:24 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A 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.
- Deadline budget rush leaves out money for critical staff Updated: May-21-15 10:54 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The rush to Monday's budget-setting deadline has a price.
- Special session means 2nd chance for some interests Updated: May-20-15 7:41 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Now that Minnesota lawmakers will be pulled back into action, the second-chance stampede is on.
- Minnesota DFL cans fundraiser due to looming special session Updated: May-20-15 1:11 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party fundraiser featuring Gov. Mark Dayton and top legislative Democrats is off.
- Final push to avert special session stalled, top GOPer says Updated: May-19-15 1:11 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A top House Republican says lawmakers offered another $100 million for public schools in an effort to head off Gov. Mark Dayton's looming veto on an education budget.
- Did House pass correct budget bill? That's up for debate Updated: May-19-15 12:44 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The harried last minutes of the Minnesota legislative session offered fodder for debate Tuesday: Did the House approve the final piece of a state budget or something else?
- Lawmakers adjourn; Dayton veto over education spending looms Updated: May-19-15 2:45 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's Legislature finalized a two-year spending plan just before a midnight deadline struck, but they adjourned with a near-certain special session looming to solve an education budget standoff with Gov. Mark Dayton.
- As lawmakers battle budget deadline, impact becomes clearer Updated: May-18-15 2:01 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - As Minnesota lawmakers scrambled Sunday to piece together the state's next budget before a fast-approaching deadline, the impact of the roughly $42 billion package on residents started coming into focus, and the prospect of an overtime session for education funding hung in the air.
- License plate readers get new regulations, body cams won't Updated: May-18-15 1:17 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers have approved legislation imposing regulations on police agencies that use license plate readers, but they will wait for now to set new laws for body cameras.
- Meet under a tent? Minnesota Senate leader says unlikely Updated: May-17-15 11:17 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Hold your puns about a bunch of politicians meeting under the big top.
- Higher ed budget heads to Dayton; could mean tuition hikes Updated: May-17-15 8:10 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's Legislature has passed a bill funding public universities that school officials say will result in tuition increases.
- Dayton says special session would shower focus on pre-k plan Updated: May-17-15 7:11 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A combative Gov. Mark Dayton isn't backing away from a veto threat over an education bill that leaves out his preschool expansion plan, saying lawmakers should prepare for a special session.
- Minnesota lawmakers backing $16.5M plan for avian flu help Updated: May-16-15 8:34 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The new state budget Minnesota lawmakers are assembling supplies $16.5 million to aid in the state's response to the avian flu.
- Daudt calls transportation, tax plans "not likely" for year Updated: May-16-15 6:55 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Already gazing ahead to next year, Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt is indicating time has run out on a transportation and tax-cut deal for the 2015 session.
- Dayton says he'll stand firm on education spending Updated: May-16-15 12:25 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton says he's standing firm in his insistence that lawmakers spend more on schools and less on potential tax cuts, even if it means a special session.
- Tax cuts, transportation funding may wait until 2016 Updated: May-15-15 8:22 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Legislative leaders might defer consideration of hefty tax cuts and transportation funding until next year.
- Deal reached over Minnesota wild rice sulfate standards Updated: May-15-15 1:07 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Lawmakers have reached a compromise with Gov. Mark Dayton's administration that would temporarily prevent regulators from forcing mining companies to invest in new treatment technologies to protect wild rice from sulfate discharges.
- Minnesota online lottery games experiment to end Updated: May-14-15 7:02 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Minnesota Lottery's experiment with paperless, instant-play tickets sold over the Internet and other platforms will come to an end because Gov. Mark Dayton decided Thursday against vetoing legislation suspending the games.
- Police memorial road bills headed to Dayton's desk Updated: May-14-15 4:48 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Two Minnesota roads could soon be named after police officers killed on the job.
- Lawmakers still not done, but political cash dash nearing Updated: May-14-15 3:06 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers have the bulk of the session's work to finish, but they're already gearing up for the usual post-session fundraising blitz to follow.