Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

The effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota takes center stage today at the State Capitol when supporters gather for a St. Valentine's Day rally aimed at highlighting their cause. Lawmakers are preparing for the anticipated debate, even though actual legislation has not yet been introduced. (02/14/2013)
The effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota picks up this week when supporters gather for a Valentine's Day rally at the State Capitol. (02/11/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton announced his two-year budget proposal nearly three weeks ago, but most of those tax and spending recommendations have not yet arrived in the House and Senate as bills. (02/11/2013)
After three days of hearings this week at the state Capitol, legislators remain divided on the issue of gun control with some believing compromise and consensus can be reached, while others believe the debate to be a distraction from important budget work. (02/08/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton used his third State of the State address to make an expected defense of his budget proposal and make a declaration of his support for legalizing same-sex marriage, but stopped just short of calling for such a bill this session. (02/07/2013)
With a broader debate about violence prevention underway across the nation, state lawmakers today introduced nearly a dozen bills aimed at strengthening the public mental health system for children. (02/04/2013)
Legislation announced Thursday at the State Capitol would help county prosecutors keep guns out of the hands of convicted violent felons. (01/31/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed $86.5 million in state subsidies to business over the next two years, spending he contends would create thousands of new, well-paying jobs. (01/31/2013)
Minnesota Management and Budget officials will present an overview of the spending provisions in the plan Monday morning to members of the House Ways and Means Committee. (01/28/2013)
Republican legislative leaders are ramping up their criticism of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's tax reform proposal. (01/26/2013)
Legislation introduced today in the Minnesota Senate would authorize a bust of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun for display inside the State Capitol. (01/24/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton's sweeping tax and spending proposal faced a second day of scrutiny Wednesday at the State Capitol. Republicans criticized his education budget for not including money to cover $1.2 billion in delayed payments to schools. And the DFL tax chairs in the House and Senate took a wait-and-see approach to his proposed overhaul of the state tax code. (01/23/2013)
This session's tax debate at the State Capitol is expected to include proposals aimed specifically at lowering property taxes. Democrats in the Minnesota House have already introduced a property tax refund measure among their early, priority bills. Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his approach next week as part of a broader tax reform plan. (01/18/2013)
Despite a projected billion-dollar state budget deficit, early childhood education advocates are pushing for a major investment in programs that help prepare disadvantaged children for school. (01/15/2013)
The new DFL majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate have begun introducing bills they say are aimed at improving health care, education and the state's minimum wage. (01/10/2013)