Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

Republican leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate are calling on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to answer key questions about the state's new health insurance exchange. (12/16/2013)
A Minnesota judge said Friday he likely lacks power to invalidate voter registrations of thousands of people who signed up through a new online system, which has come under fire because of how it was created. (12/13/2013)
Not only does Gov. Mark Dayton say $90 million is too much to spend for a new state Senate building, he also doesn't like the look of it on paper. (12/12/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton is now considering a $975 million measure next session for public construction projects throughout Minnesota. (12/11/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton's proposals to use a budget surplus to cut taxes and to sync state tax policy with federal law are receiving various responses from his party's tax leaders. (12/11/2013)
State finance officials released a new economic forecast today that shows Minnesota with a projected $1.086 billion budget surplus. (12/05/2013)
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie insists that current law allows him to accept voter registrations that are submitted electronically. (12/04/2013)
Minnesota trade officials are trying to establish new partnerships with Brazil and South Korea. (12/02/2013)
Many cities and counties are raising taxes, even though the state boosted their funding by a total of $120 million. Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says he will contact municipal leaders about new tools available to keep property taxes in check next year. (11/27/2013)
The annual Thanksgiving-week celebration of Minnesota's nation-leading turkey industry also highlighted concerns about the lack of action by Congress on a new farm bill. (11/25/2013)
Three new state business-to-business sales taxes are scheduled to take effect on April 1, and those in the industries targeted -- storage and warehousing, business equipment repair and telecom equipment purchases -- a working overtime to find enough DFL allies to repeal the laws. (11/25/2013)
The chairman of a state task force on Minnesota's sex offender program told lawmakers today that a soon-to-be-released report will recommend ways to reduce the number of people locked up indefinitely by civil commitment. (11/18/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced 10 highway construction projects today that will fall under a $300 million funding measure that lawmakers passed earlier this year. (11/14/2013)
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's contention that a 13-year-old law gave him the green light to launch a new online voter registration system is getting support from two former legislators who sponsored the measure. But others who worked on the law disagree. (11/13/2013)
Despite increases in funding for schools and local governments approved during the 2013 legislative session, property taxes appear to be going up. (11/12/2013)