Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

Mark Dayton may have dropped the idea, but Democrats in the Minnesota Senate will push for an expansion of the state sales tax to clothing and many personal services, while also lowering the tax rate. (04/12/2013)
Minnesota business leaders are pushing back against the tax and spending proposals from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative majorities. (04/10/2013)
Minnesota House Democrats propose an ambitious agenda to improve public education by raising taxes and increasing funding for schools by $550 million. DFL leaders claim that within 14 years the plan will close the racial and economic achievement gaps. A House committee will hear the omnibus budget bill Wednesday. (04/10/2013)
Minnesota lawmakers would get their first pay boosts since the late 1990s under a budget proposal rolled out Tuesday in the Senate that also includes salary increases for the governor and top agency leaders. (04/09/2013)
Democrats in the Minnesota House have released their own list of proposed public construction projects, a day after DFL Gov. Mark Dayton outlined his bonding priorities. (04/09/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton released a $750 million list of proposed construction projects today that he estimates will create 21,000 jobs throughout the state. (04/08/2013)
With six weeks left in the legislative session, state lawmakers are ramping up their budget work. (04/08/2013)
A Republican state lawmaker is pushing for civil unions in Minnesota as an alternative to same-sex marriage legislation. Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing announced his proposal Wednesday and described it as a way to end the political debate over a divisive social issue. (04/03/2013)
A Republican state lawmaker will announce a bipartisan legislation today to establish civil unions in Minnesota. (04/03/2013)
Minnesota House Democrats today announced the details of their $250 million property tax relief proposal. (04/02/2013)
The ensuing judgment over the less-than-expected gambling revenue needed to fund the state's share of a new NFL stadium is premature and politically motivated, Gov. Mark Dayton said. (04/02/2013)
Legislation allowing for the unionization of two groups of state-subsidized workers -- childcare providers and personal care assistants -- is taking a slow and sometimes bumpy journey this session. (03/29/2013)
Restaurant owners are raising new concerns about proposed legislation to increase the state's minimum wage without accounting for tip income. (03/26/2013)
DFL leaders in the Minnesota House spent the first day of their spring break making a case for all-day kindergarten and the tax increases needed to pay for it. (03/25/2013)
It will be a quiet week at the State Capitol, as the legislature takes its traditional Easter/Passover break. (03/25/2013)