Catharine Richert Feature Archive

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to spend more than $100 million on preschool programs for 4-year-olds in public schools. Education groups and experts greet the plan with skepticism. (02/06/2015)
The bill would turn the quasi-governmental agency that operates the state's health insurance website into a traditional state agency accountable to the Legislature. (02/04/2015)
State Sen. Tony Lourey, a DFLer and MNsure supporter, wants to dissolve MNsure's board and put a commissioner in charge. Republicans may be his strongest supporters. (02/01/2015)
Rep. Mike Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley, says he would require people who don't want to give their children vaccines to consult a doctor first. (01/29/2015)
The state Senate backed disaster relief for parts of Minnesota damaged by heavy rain and flooding in June. Gov. Dayton said he'll sign it after it passes the House. (01/22/2015)
Sensing a political shift at the Capitol, nursing homes in Minnesota are making a big push for new money this legislative session. (01/20/2015)
The Democrats' plan call for more than four times the amount of transportation spending proposed by House Republicans last week. (01/12/2015)
These politicians will have an outsized influence at the state Capitol in 2015. Here's a quick look at who they are and where they're coming from. (01/02/2015)
The governor and legislators will have a chance to see how far they can stretch a billion-dollar surplus. (01/02/2015)
What to spend on transportation projects and where to find the money will be among the highest profile debates in the session that starts Tuesday. (01/02/2015)
It took Kurt Daudt only four years to rise from first-termer to House Speaker. Supporters say he has the skills to negotiate with the DFL without compromising GOP principles. (12/17/2014)
Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle said Tuesday that the Minnesota needs a reliable revenue stream to pay for the $6.5 billion in road improvements needed in the next decade. (The Daily Circuit, 12/09/2014)
The budget forecast will guide Gov. Mark Dayton as he prepares his budget plan and sets the tone for policy debates at the Capitol this spring. (12/04/2014)
State legislators likely will have to go back to the drawing board to adjust the financing plan for Mayo Clinic's expansion, one of the biggest economic development projects in Minnesota's history. (11/26/2014)
The Republican Party set its strategy months ago: to paint the powers that be in St. Paul as out of touch with rural Minnesota. (11/05/2014)