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

This year's count of Minnesota homeless found a 10 percent decrease from 2014. Officials say it's due to the improving economy and policies to aid people in need. (06/19/2015)
An array of solar panels
A provision tucked into last week's jobs and energy bill lets Minnesota municipal utilities charge more to customers producing their own solar or wind energy. (06/18/2015)
Minnesota Military Family Tribute
The Minnesota Military Family Tribute recognizes the families of active military members and veterans. Organizers said the tribute is the first of its kind in the nation. (06/13/2015)
A special session to finish the budget work is likely Friday. But even with the backing of DFL and GOP leaders, passage of the bills is not certain. (06/10/2015)
A skirmish between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans over the scope of the state auditor's job is threatening to hold up the special session needed to finish the budget. (06/02/2015)
Gov. Mark Dayton and House GOP leaders on Monday tentatively agreed to a two-year school spending budget and are close on other issues. (06/01/2015)
Dayton needs to negotiate the differences between Democrats who disagree on big issues in the bills he vetoed. They expose an urban-rural divide in his party. (05/27/2015)
"Cordial" discussions brought no agreements Tuesday on three vetoed budget bills, the governor and Republican speaker said. A deal is needed by June 30 to avoid a partial government shutdown. (05/26/2015)
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)
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)