Tim Pugmire

Tim Pugmire

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
tpugmire@mpr.org


Tim Pugmire covers politics and state government for MPR News. Before moving to the state Capitol bureau, Pugmire spent nine years reporting on education. He also worked at MPR's Collegeville bureau from 1990-96. Pugmire began his news broadcasting career in 1983 and worked for several commercial radio stations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and New Ulm High School.

Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

The House is also set to vote Monday on a bill that would change how the state's minimum wage law applies to tipped employees. (03/23/2015)
Under the measure, police would need warrants to use an unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance. There would be exceptions in some emergency circumstances. (03/20/2015)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is set to release a supplemental budget proposal this week. (03/16/2015)
Some Republicans are calling for tax cuts. Democrats say such cuts should not come at the expense of priorities. (03/12/2015)
The measure would allow restaurants to keep servers at the current $8 rate, as long as their combined earnings — with tips — exceed $12 an hour. (03/09/2015)
Under the bill, school district officials would be required to negotiate local layoff policies that factor in teacher performance, rather than basing those decisions solely on years of service. (03/06/2015)
State lawmakers will try to move on to other issues this week after resolving the dispute with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton over big pay raises for commissioners. (02/23/2015)
State legislative leaders say they've reached a deal with Gov. Mark Dayton on the controversial pay increases for 26 commissioners and agency chiefs. (02/19/2015)
It's President's Day, but Minnesota lawmakers are on the job, and there's no break in sight from the ongoing flap over salary increases for members of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet. (02/16/2015)
Angry that Senate Democrats voted to freeze his commissioners' pay raises, Gov. Dayton said he no longer trusts Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. The rift has put DFL politics into disarray. (02/12/2015)
Gov. Mark Dayton wants railroads to pay significantly higher property taxes, in part, to help offset the cost of rail crossing improvements. One GOP tax leader says it's a non-starter. (02/10/2015)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to meet with legislative leaders this week in hopes of heading off a potential showdown over the state lottery. (02/09/2015)
Dayton unveiled a two-year, $42 billion general fund spending blueprint last Tuesday. (02/02/2015)
Mental health advocates praised the two-year proposal, which pumps new money into prevention and early intervention programs, improves access to treatment and expands community support for recovery. (01/30/2015)
House Republicans and Senate Democrats have already released their plans. (01/26/2015)