Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate will release an outline of their plans for a state budget this week. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead for state lawmakers (03/18/2013)
Democrats in the Minnesota House are advancing changes to state election law that have some bipartisan support, but also differ sharply from a Senate plan. (03/14/2013)
The day after legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota cleared two committees, Senate Republicans tried to derail the measure with some parliamentary maneuvering. They failed to stop the bill's progress, but managed to get some reluctant rural Democrats to vote on the issue. (03/13/2013)
Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has survived two committees on party-line votes, and bills are now headed to the full House and Senate. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk. (03/13/2013)
Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has received its first favorable vote. (03/12/2013)
Backing off a proposal to expand the state sales tax, Gov. Mark Dayton will now likely rely on an income tax increase on top earners to erase a projected deficit and following through on his pledge to boost education funding. For six weeks, Republicans have blasted Dayton over the sales tax and are now shifting criticism to the income tax increase. (03/11/2013)
The top Democrat in the Minnesota Senate says he thinks the state sales tax can still be expanded to some business transactions. (03/11/2013)
The House Civil Law Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee are both scheduled to take up the bill on Tuesday. (03/11/2013)
Opponents of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota gathered Thursday for a rally at the state Capitol. (03/07/2013)
Property-poor school districts and those districts without a voter-approved operating levy would get some funding help under legislation advanced Tuesday by a Minnesota Senate panel. (03/07/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton hinted strongly Tuesday that he plans to ease up on his plan to tax transactions between businesses. (03/06/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he would be comfortable with increasing the state's minimum wage to $9.00 or $9.50 an hour. (03/06/2013)
On the heels of a failed Republican-backed constitutional amendment that would have required Minnesotans to present photo identification at the polls, Democrats in the Minnesota Senate have introduced legislation designed to make voting easier through early voting. (03/05/2013)
The Minnesota House and Senate are set to vote this week on legislation that creates a state health insurance exchange. But what was once touted as a bipartisan effort to help consumers shop for health coverage appears now to have little if any support from Republicans. Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wuzrer about the week ahead at the Capitol. (03/04/2013)
The bill was heard by nine separate committees on its way to the House floor, but Republicans complained that Democrats stopped all GOP attempts to make meaningful improvements. (03/04/2013)