Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

With six weeks left in the legislative session, state lawmakers are ramping up their budget work. (04/08/2013)
A Republican state lawmaker is pushing for civil unions in Minnesota as an alternative to same-sex marriage legislation. Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing announced his proposal Wednesday and described it as a way to end the political debate over a divisive social issue. (04/03/2013)
A Republican state lawmaker will announce a bipartisan legislation today to establish civil unions in Minnesota. (04/03/2013)
Minnesota House Democrats today announced the details of their $250 million property tax relief proposal. (04/02/2013)
The ensuing judgment over the less-than-expected gambling revenue needed to fund the state's share of a new NFL stadium is premature and politically motivated, Gov. Mark Dayton said. (04/02/2013)
Legislation allowing for the unionization of two groups of state-subsidized workers -- childcare providers and personal care assistants -- is taking a slow and sometimes bumpy journey this session. (03/29/2013)
Restaurant owners are raising new concerns about proposed legislation to increase the state's minimum wage without accounting for tip income. (03/26/2013)
DFL leaders in the Minnesota House spent the first day of their spring break making a case for all-day kindergarten and the tax increases needed to pay for it. (03/25/2013)
It will be a quiet week at the State Capitol, as the legislature takes its traditional Easter/Passover break. (03/25/2013)
State lawmakers will be back in their home districts this week, talking to constituents about the budget during their Easter/Passover break. (03/25/2013)
Another piece of the state budget puzzle fell into place Wednesday as Democrats in the Minnesota Senate released their framework for erasing a projected $627 million deficit while also increasing overall spending by $1.4 billion. (03/20/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton leveled some sharp criticism Tuesday against the National Rifle Association and its opposition to universal background checks on gun purchases. (03/19/2013)
On the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that his vote against the war as a U.S. senator looks proper to him in hindsight. (03/19/2013)
Legislation to impose new taxes on silica sand mining in Minnesota got a rough reception Tuesday in a House committee hearing. (03/19/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll be traveling throughout the state in the coming weeks to let Minnesotans know that he has a sound proposal for the state budget. (03/18/2013)