Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

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)
Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, the chair of the Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs, said he wants to know if companies getting public tax dollars are actually delivering new jobs. (06/24/2013)
Several Minnesota mayors are praising the boost in state funding that's coming their way after several years of budget austerity. (06/19/2013)
Online retailing giant Amazon.com is cutting ties with its small business partners in Minnesota, due to a new state sales tax requirement that kicks in at the end of the month. (06/18/2013)
Some Minnesota businesses affected by a new sales tax expansion are complaining loudly about the recently passed law, and they want to see parts of it repealed next year. (06/18/2013)