The Minnesota Supreme Court affirmation of the cigarette fee is fueling debate among lawmakers over how to spend more than $400 million that's now available.
The disputed 75-cent-per-pack charge on
cigarettes won the backing Tuesday of the Minnesota Supreme Court,
which overturned a judge's decision that struck down the "health
A bill on its way to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk would restrict the ability of local governments to seize private property.
Patty Wetterling locked down the DFL
endorsement in the 6th District on Saturday, setting up what
promises to be a rip-roaring battle for Congress with the GOP's
conservative candidate, Michele Bachmann.
Legislators acknowledge there's not much the state can do about the high prices. But that may not matter to voters who could take out their frustration on incumbents this fall.
The arcane world of public pensions produced a feisty debate at the Capitol on Thursday. The state's pension commission held a hearing on a report by the Minnesota Taxpayers Association that says Minnesota's public pensions face a nearly $10 billion funding shortfall.
The Minnesota House has passed a property tax rebate bill that would send checks to homeowners this fall. Lawmakers who support the measure say it's the simplest way to help homeowners facing double-digit property tax increases. But there's no guarantee the state will have enough money for the proposal, and critics call the rebate a gimmick designed to buy off disgruntled property taxpayers right before the election.
Minneapolis business owner Sue Jeffers announces her candidacy for governor Thursday, taking on Gov. Tim Pawlenty for the Republican endorsement. Jeffers is an outspoken critic of Pawlenty, saying he's not conservative enough.
Republican leaders have scrapped a plan to pass as many as nine budget bills to take care of various spending priorities. To their dismay, those bills were accumulating initiatives that were picking up votes from Democrats and moderate Republicans.
Minnesota drivers could be pulled over for not wearing seat belts, under a bill that passed the Minnesota Senate on Thursday.
A Senate Democratic plan to bring some relief to
property taxpayers has gone down to defeat -- because not enough
Democrats would support it.
With only a few members flinching at the cost,
the Republican-led House voted 114-16 Wednesday for nearly $1
billion in public-works construction projects.
Gov. Pawlenty has called for cracking down on illegal immigration, and although his proposals are unlikely to get through the Legislature intact this session, he could get some political traction from the issue.
Just ahead of a due date for property tax
payments - and just weeks before the fall election - rebate checks
averaging $205 would begin arriving in the mailboxes of homeowners
if House Republican lawmakers get their way.
Two years ago, Gov. Pawlenty announced an ambitious plan to end long-term homelessness in Minnesota by the year 2010. State officials say the plan is on track to achieve its goal, although there are plenty of challenges ahead.