Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

When the Legislature passed a $485 million increase in school spending over the next two years, DFL lawmakers described the 2013 education bill as one of the best ever. But school districts across Minnesota still plan this fall to ask local taxpayers for more money. (08/02/2013)
State lawmakers are criticizing the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association for refusing to provide financial data for a study of union fair-share fees. (07/31/2013)
A judge has dismissed two federal lawsuits aimed at stopping the unionization of state-subsidized child care providers. (07/29/2013)
Law enforcement groups oppose making marijuana legal. But state Rep. Carly Melin, the bill's chief sponsor in the House, said it would bring much-needed relief to some patients. There is also a Senate version of the bill. (07/26/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and other members of the Capitol Preservation Commission gave their blessing today to the first phase of a $272 million renovation of the Capitol building. (07/22/2013)
Warning that their freedom is at stake, Minnesota child care providers on Thursday asked a judge to stop efforts to unionize child care workers until two federal lawsuits against the state are decided. (07/18/2013)
DFL Governor Mark Dayton is blaming "right-wing extremists" for the lawsuits being heard in federal court Thursday aimed at stopping the unionization of state-subsidized child care providers. (07/18/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton says he believes George Zimmerman went way beyond what the situation called for when he shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. (07/17/2013)
A DFL lawmaker says he thinks all future economic development subsidies provided by the state should come with strict requirements for training and hiring people who are currently unemployed. (07/11/2013)
A new economic report out today shows Minnesota tax collections exceeded expectations by $463 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. (07/10/2013)
A photo identification requirement to vote in Minnesota is a contentious issue that could again surface as a newly-formed state task force launches a study of electronic poll book technology. (07/09/2013)
July 1 marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the state of Minnesota, and that means the budget decisions state lawmakers made during the 2013 session take effect. (07/01/2013)
Some of the state legislators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota this year will receive some extra help in their re-election campaigns -- whether they want it or not. Officials with a recently formed political action committee are raising money on behalf of the DFL and Republican lawmakers that they have named "The Minnesota 15." (07/01/2013)
Several Republican state lawmakers are asking DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to convene a special session to revisit a sales tax on warehousing services that was signed into law last month. (06/27/2013)
State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, launched his candidacy for governor today and said he will continue his push to make union membership and union dues voluntary for all workers. (06/26/2013)