Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

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)
Gov. Mark Dayton's total income last year was $343,234, according to the 2012 tax return that he released today. (11/12/2013)
An advisory committee on Minnesota Capitol security is preparing recommendations that could include a new notification process for handgun permit holders who want to bring firearms into the building. (11/05/2013)
State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, is planning to introduce legislation next year that would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. (11/01/2013)
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will take over a Minnesota education advocacy group once he leaves office in January. (10/30/2013)
GOP delegates will meet Saturday to vote their early preferences for governor and U.S. Senate in a non-binding straw poll. The poll is imperfect -- many past winners did not end up as the party nominee. GOP leaders, though, still see it as an important test for candidates and their messages. (10/25/2013)