Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

July 1 marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the state of Minnesota, and that means the budget decisions state lawmakers made during the 2013 session take effect. (07/01/2013)
Some of the state legislators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota this year will receive some extra help in their re-election campaigns -- whether they want it or not. Officials with a recently formed political action committee are raising money on behalf of the DFL and Republican lawmakers that they have named "The Minnesota 15." (07/01/2013)
Several Republican state lawmakers are asking DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to convene a special session to revisit a sales tax on warehousing services that was signed into law last month. (06/27/2013)
State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, launched his candidacy for governor today and said he will continue his push to make union membership and union dues voluntary for all workers. (06/26/2013)
Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, the chair of the Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs, said he wants to know if companies getting public tax dollars are actually delivering new jobs. (06/24/2013)
Several Minnesota mayors are praising the boost in state funding that's coming their way after several years of budget austerity. (06/19/2013)
Online retailing giant Amazon.com is cutting ties with its small business partners in Minnesota, due to a new state sales tax requirement that kicks in at the end of the month. (06/18/2013)
Some Minnesota businesses affected by a new sales tax expansion are complaining loudly about the recently passed law, and they want to see parts of it repealed next year. (06/18/2013)
The head of the the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas said his organization is appalled by reports that a former commander of a Nazi SS-led unit in Word War II has lived in Minneapolis for decades. (06/14/2013)
A new state law is intended to keep ineligible felons from voting, which was a concern voter ID advocates often raised. But in the closing days of the legislative session, lawmakers jettisoned a key tool designed to achieve that goal. (06/10/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging family outdoor activities Saturday by offering free admission to state parks and recreation areas. (06/08/2013)
A second group of Minnesota child care providers has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the new law that allows for a union representation election among eligible providers. (06/05/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is defending Minnesota's recent income tax increase on top earners as lawmakers in neighboring Wisconsin consider a plan to cut income taxes. (06/05/2013)
Minnesota's top election official is stepping down at the end of his current term. (06/04/2013)
Independence Party delegates were gathering Saturday in St. Cloud for a state convention that will include decisions about the party's constitution, platform and leaders. (06/01/2013)