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

Mark Dayton
A key Senate leader expects the fight between Dayton and House Republicans over pre-K funding will force a special legislative session. Lawmakers face a midnight deadline. (05/18/2015)
The Minnesota State Capitol
There's only a week left in the 2015 session. MPR News Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire updates us on the week ahead. (05/11/2015)
As negotiations on a two-year budget continue, Gov. Mark Dayton, House Republicans and Senate Democrats are divided on big spending areas, especially health and human services. (05/07/2015)
The Minnesota Department of Health's annual report on drinking water quality warns that nitrate contamination could affect public health. Gov. Mark Dayton called for action. (05/06/2015)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have two weeks left in the 2015 session to reach a deal on a new state budget. (05/04/2015)
With municipal licensing, taprooms and brewpubs will be able to sell 64-ounce growlers of beer and take-home bottles on Sundays. (05/01/2015)
Even a project supporter calls the new $2 billion cost estimate a huge setback. The Met Council's chairman says all options, including killing the proposed line, are on the table. (04/27/2015)
In their $2 billion package of tax cuts, Republicans who control the Minnesota House would more than double the amount of money Minnesotans would have to amass before their estates are subject to taxes. (04/24/2015)
The proposal includes a one-time income tax exemption, funds to start phasing out the statewide business property tax and other breaks. It cuts aid to Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth. (04/20/2015)
Despite a $1.9 billion state budget surplus, Republicans aim to trim department budgets, freeze the number of state workers and limit commissioner salaries. (04/15/2015)
Ignoring Dayton's proposal for universal pre-K, the GOP bill would boost spending on scholarships that allow parents to send their children to whichever preschool they choose. (04/14/2015)
There's a lot of work left to do, and deep disagreements remain on big issues including taxes, transportation funding and how best to use the $1.9 billion projected surplus. (04/13/2015)
Daudt said he can guarantee that a proposal to lift the state's long ban on Sunday sales will come up as an amendment on the House floor in the coming weeks, as it has in the past. (MPR News Update, 04/10/2015)
In his fifth State of the State, the governor made it clear he is not willing to surrender his legislative agenda. (04/10/2015)
Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday proposed $842 million in public works construction that he said would create nearly 24,000 jobs. The plan, however, faces a tough political climb. (04/07/2015)