Government-subsidized child care providers have renewed their effort to form a union, and this time they're asking labor-friendly Democrats to write it in state law.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Tim Pugmire, one of Minnesota Public Radio News' Capitol reporters, about the week ahead for state lawmakers.
Reaction to Dayton's proposed re-tooling of sales taxes, income taxes and property taxes has been mostly lukewarm, even among his fellow Democrats. Some are already looking at possible options.
State lawmakers have begun scrutinizing DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's spending plan for public education, which was the first piece of his budget proposal to be introduced in bill form. During a House committee hearing Tuesday, the chief sponsor of the bill mostly praised the governor's approach. But he also said he has some disagreements.
The DFL tax committee chairs in both chambers are the chief sponsors, even though neither has endorsed the plan.
A Minnesota Senate panel has approved the payment of another legal bill related to the firing of Republican staffer Michael Brodkorb.
Reporter Tim Pugmire discusses the week ahead at the Capitol with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
Advocates on both sides of the gun debate will gather at the State Capitol this week when the Minnesota Senate holds a series of hearings on proposed legislation.
The effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota takes center stage today at the State Capitol when supporters gather for a St. Valentine's Day rally aimed at highlighting their cause. Lawmakers are preparing for the anticipated debate, even though actual legislation has not yet been introduced.
The effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota picks up this week when supporters gather for a Valentine's Day rally at the State Capitol.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton announced his two-year budget proposal nearly three weeks ago, but most of those tax and spending recommendations have not yet arrived in the House and Senate as bills.
After three days of hearings this week at the state Capitol, legislators remain divided on the issue of gun control with some believing compromise and consensus can be reached, while others believe the debate to be a distraction from important budget work.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton used his third State of the State address to make an expected defense of his budget proposal and make a declaration of his support for legalizing same-sex marriage, but stopped just short of calling for such a bill this session.
With a broader debate about violence prevention underway across the nation, state lawmakers today introduced nearly a dozen bills aimed at strengthening the public mental health system for children.
Legislation announced Thursday at the State Capitol would help county prosecutors keep guns out of the hands of convicted violent felons.