Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

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 Farmers have complained loudly about the tax, and Dayton said he wants to see it repealed during the 2014 session, calling it bad policy.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)
Law enforcement groups oppose making marijuana legal. But state Rep. Carly Melin, the bill's chief sponsor in the House, said it would bring much-needed relief to some patients. There is also a Senate version of the bill. (07/26/2013)
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)