Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

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 Farmers have complained loudly about the tax, and Dayton said he wants to see it repealed during the 2014 session, calling it bad policy.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)
Gov. Mark Dayton says he believes George Zimmerman went way beyond what the situation called for when he shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. (07/17/2013)
A DFL lawmaker says he thinks all future economic development subsidies provided by the state should come with strict requirements for training and hiring people who are currently unemployed. (07/11/2013)
A new economic report out today shows Minnesota tax collections exceeded expectations by $463 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. (07/10/2013)