Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

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. (04/24/2013)
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. (04/24/2013)
The Minnesota House has passed a $15.7 billion funding package for K-12 education that for the first time provides money for every school district to offer all-day, every day kindergarten. (04/23/2013)
A $15.7 billion funding package for public schools is under fire from Republican lawmakers, who say the measure up for a vote Tuesday in the Minnesota House would enlarge state government. (04/23/2013)
House Republicans walked out of a committee meeting Friday to protest the late addition of a policy provision that Democrats made to the omnibus tax bill. (04/19/2013)
Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters are swarming the Capitol in hopes of winning over lawmakers whose support they need if the bill comes up for a vote later this spring. (04/18/2013)
A bill that narrowly passed the Minnesota Senate Tuesday funds state government agencies but also includes pay raises for legislators, the governor and other top officials beginning in 2015. Most lawmakers agree that those salaries are too low, but many aren't willing to support an increase. (04/17/2013)
The Minnesota House and Senate are ready to start voting on budget bills this week. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead at the capitol. (04/15/2013)
The Minnesota House is set to vote Monday on a funding package for economic development programs, foreign trade offices and job training. (04/15/2013)
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)