State lawmakers are heading into the final week of the 2013 legislative session with a pivotal Senate vote to legalize same-sex marriage, and a framework for balancing the budget and ending the session on time. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead at the state capitol.
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature's top Democrats have reached a budget deal that includes income tax increases on wealthier Minnesotans and a cigarette tax increase, and aims to provide property tax relief.
A minimum wage increase is another step closer to being passed, but the hourly rate has not been decided on yet by legislators.
The second-to-last week of Minnesota's legislative session started Monday with attention growing around the definition of marriage, as the bill to open it up to same-sex couples headed into what could be a pivotal week at the Capitol.
Legislation allowing for the unionization of two groups of workers failed on a tie vote Monday in a Minnesota Senate committee.
With just two weeks left in the legislative session, conference-committee negotiations will heat up on several key budget bills. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol reporters, Tim Pugmire, about the week ahead for state lawmakers.
The Minnesota House is taking up a bill Friday that would increase the state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2015, and provide for automatic inflationary increases in the future.
Legislation to allow for the unionization of in-home child care providers and personal care assistants cleared its final Minnesota House committee Thursday night, and is headed for a floor vote.
Minnesota lawmakers made it clear Wednesday that they prefer keeping a ban on Sunday liquor store sales in place.
Gov. Mark Dayton has announced the members of the board of directors for the state's health insurance exchange program, called MNSure, which will help the uninsured and others obtain coverage under federal health care changes.
The Minnesota House is expected to vote later this week on legislation that would increase the state's minimum wage to $9.50 by 2015, the first boost since 2005.
The Minnesota Senate votes today on a tax bill that would erase a projected $627 million budget deficit and pay for spending increases.
Members of the House Ways and Means Committee will take up the bill Monday, along with a DFL amendment to raise the top minimum wage rate to $9.50 per hour for large companies.
The State Senate passed a two-year, $15.7 billion education finance bill Thursday on a 35 to 28 vote that includes full funding for all-day kindergarten in every district.
Prospects for a bonding bill dimmed Wednesday, when Democrats in the Minnesota Senate added a cash allocation to their tax bill for one of the session's key bonding project proposals -- the renovation of the State Capitol Building.