Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

The DFL chair of the Minnesota House Commerce Committee wants Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to stop trying to lure companies across the border by portraying the Badger State as the better place to do business. "I think Gov. Walker is full of baloney," Rep. Joe Atkins said. (08/29/2013)
A House lawmaker is quitting the legislative panel overseeing the Vikings stadium construction over concerns about the panel's leadership structure. (08/29/2013)
A federal magistrate is deciding whether a former Minnesota Senate staffer's lawsuit should be dismissed because his legal team disclosed documents that were meant to remain confidential. (08/28/2013)
Minnesota House and Senate leaders have agreed to hold a one-day special session on Sept. 9th that will be limited to providing disaster aid to 18 counties. They will not take up any of the recent proposals to revisit tax measures passed last session. (08/21/2013)
An advisory panel studying security at the State Capitol does not aim to try to ban guns in the complex, says Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon. (08/20/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton has made it clear that he'll seek a second term next year, but Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is not yet ready to make the same commitment. (08/20/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton said today he doesn't see a way to provide storm damage relief to 18 counties without calling lawmakers back to St. Paul for a special session. (08/20/2013)
The tax, approved by the DFL-controlled Legislature this spring, is one of three taxes on the Republican repeal list. (08/20/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton and the leaders of the Minnesota House and Senate agreed today that the date for a possible special session will be Sept. 9, but that was the only thing they firmed up during a private meeting. (08/16/2013)
Personal care is a labor of love. But is it also labor that should be unionized? That's the question 12,000 care providers in various Minnesota taxpayer-supported programs may soon answer. (08/14/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton says he's now willing to make room in a possible special session for repealing the new state sales tax on equipment repairs. (08/08/2013)
Minnesota's sales tax now applies to business-related equipment repairs. Farmers have complained loudly about the tax, and Dayton said he wants to see it repealed during the 2014 session, calling it bad policy. (08/08/2013)
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)