- Boat diplomacy: Capitol's top 3 headed on joint fishing trip Updated: May-05-15 2:16 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's center of political power is moving north for the weekend.
- Legislature preparing to vote on state lottery restrictions Updated: May-05-15 1:50 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers are preparing to vote on a bill suspending Internet-based state lottery tickets.
- Dayton threatens veto of budget bill over campaign-law part Updated: May-04-15 3:05 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto a state agency budget bill if Republicans don't agree to remove a part that would ditch candidate spending limits and undo current restrictions on where their donations originate.
- Under construction: Minnesota leaders scurry to build budget Updated: May-01-15 12:01 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Break out the hard hats: the real hammering in Minnesota's construction-zone Capitol is about to start.
- House passes budget that cuts MinnesotaCare Updated: Apr-29-15 2:41 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - House Republicans put a health care program for tens of thousands of low-income Minnesotans on the chopping block as the centerpiece of a budget bill that aims to put up half of the $2 billion in tax relief GOP lawmakers hope to offer.
- Dayton to call emergency meeting on bird flu in Minnesota Updated: Apr-26-15 12:58 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton will convene his Executive Council on Monday as Minnesota responds to a bird flu outbreak that has killed millions of birds in the state's poultry industry.
- House GOP finalizes bid in education funding debate Updated: Apr-25-15 7:40 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - House Republicans have finalized their bid in Minnesota's education funding debate, setting up a clash with Democrats calling for the state to invest a bigger chunk of its projected fiscal windfall in children and schools.
- Cities face millions in wastewater upgrades, repairs Updated: Apr-25-15 11:13 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Public works employees in the southwestern city of Minneota frequently hang inside manholes, poking with a long stick to move chunks of human waste and refuse that block sewer flow. The mayor of Winsted, a city of about 2,400, wonders how he'll pay for a $7 million upgrade to the town's wastewater treatment facility to meet new environmental standards. In Detroit Lakes, residents face a doubling of sewer rates to pay for a new wastewater facility.
- Lawmakers drawing up contingency funding plans for bird flu Updated: Apr-24-15 6:34 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Top 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.
- Gun-weary Senate makes surprise turn to legalize silencers Updated: Apr-24-15 1:01 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's Senate added language to a bill Thursday that would legalize gun silencers - a surprise development as majority Democrats had shown little interest in changing the state's gun laws and a direct challenge to Gov. Mark Dayton's promise that such a measure would meet his veto pen.
- In visit, Walker discounts idea Wisconsin lagging Minnesota Updated: Apr-23-15 5:00 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker hopped across the border Thursday to mingle with Minnesota Republicans and while there discounted suggestions that Wisconsin's economy has performed worse in his time as governor than its Democratic-led neighbor.
- Branstad asks agencies to monitor bird flu outbreak in Iowa Updated: Apr-23-15 4:48 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad has asked several state agencies to monitor the outbreak of a deadly form of bird flu that's reached Iowa and led to an emergency declaration in Minnesota.
- House GOP shuts down DFL education spending proposal Updated: Apr-23-15 1:35 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota House Republicans have shut down a DFL bid to spend far more on schools over the next two years.
- Minnesota House passes GOP funding plan for road fixes Updated: Apr-22-15 12:02 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Minnesota House staked out a position Tuesday in a debate over long-term transportation funding with a 10-year, $7 billion plan that avoids a gas-tax increase.
- Budget bills passage starts long legislative path in Senate Updated: Apr-20-15 8:35 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's Senate passed a pair of bills Monday to fund state agencies and Minnesota's public colleges and universities, the first pieces to move as Senate Democrats and House Republicans stake out markedly different positions they'll have to bridge in order to finalize the state's $40 billion budget.
- Income tax credits, business tax cuts dot House GOP plan Updated: Apr-20-15 5:05 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota House Republicans offered a slate of proposed income tax credits and business breaks Monday in their push to provide $2 billion in overall relief, including a new personal exemption for every filer that would expire after two years.
- Beneath budget dispute, a tussle over regulatory power Updated: Apr-19-15 11:29 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - In their unfolding budget plan, Minnesota legislative Republicans are moving to strip powers from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, ranging from limiting his team's authority to write regulatory rules to curbs on the administration's staffing.
- House GOP adds broadband funding to budget proposal Updated: Apr-17-15 5:35 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Republicans in the Minnesota House have carved out space in their budget to improve Internet service in the state after getting flak from Democrats and constituents.
- Obama taps Minnesota Justice Wright for federal judgeship Updated: Apr-15-15 5:34 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's newest nominee for a federal judgeship would be moving over from the state's Supreme Court.
- Democrats ready for round 2 as GOP targets health program Updated: Apr-15-15 5:18 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Republicans are bringing Democrats back to the mat to save a public health care program for tens of thousands of low-income Minnesota residents as they seek to build up $2 billion in tax relief through cuts and cost savings.
- Soccer franchise leaders approach Capitol for stadium help Updated: Apr-14-15 8:08 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The business group behind a new Minnesota Major League Soccer franchise made a high-level pitch Tuesday to skeptical lawmakers for a stadium financing package reliant on city, county and state tax breaks.
- Soccer franchise leaders approach Capitol for stadium help Updated: Apr-14-15 3:44 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The business group behind a new Minnesota Major League Soccer franchise is making a high-level pitch for a stadium financing package reliant on city, county and state tax breaks.
- House GOP moves to slash Metropolitan Council chair's pay Updated: Apr-14-15 10:22 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - House Republicans are moving to cut the Metropolitan Council chairman's salary in half, in a jab at Gov. Mark Dayton over a pay increase they believe went beyond the terms of a deal on commissioner salaries.
- Advocates, lawmakers cheer sexual assault prevention bill Updated: Apr-12-15 11:34 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A push to strengthen sexual assault policies at Minnesota colleges is moving through the Legislature, with advocates saying it will provide more options for victims. Some schools already have strong policies, but the bill would extend best practices across Minnesota, said author Rep. Marion O'Neill, R-Maple Lake. Here's a look at the legislation:
- Keith Downey re-elected as Minnesota GOP chairman Updated: Apr-11-15 5:08 pm
BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota - Keith Downey has been re-elected to a second two-year term as chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota.