Pledges of bipartisan cooperation for the 2012 session could get thrown out the window today when the Minnesota Senate takes up the confirmations of four members of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet. Republicans appear ready to reject Ellen Anderson as chair of the Public Utilities Commission. And a contentious proposal to require voters to show photo identification at the polls will get attention this week.
Supporters of a constitutional amendment to make union membership voluntary in Minnesota say a new report backs up the need to make the change. Opponents are gearing up for a fight.
State lawmakers will take a closer look at courtroom safety issues Thursday morning during a legislative hearing.
Republican legislative leaders say this session's bonding bill won't be as big or as fast moving as DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is hoping to see.
Kicking off the 2012 legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers emphasized a bipartisan goal to get along and help boost the state economy.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders agree that job creation will be a shared priority for the 2012 session, but disagree over the best approach — a difference of opinion that could affect how much promise the session holds for putting unemployed Minnesotans back to work.
Former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, says she wants the focus of the 2012 session to be the work ahead, not on her.
Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate released three dozen proposals Thursday that they say will improve the state's business climate, help failing schools and modernize government.
Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate say they're ready to improve the state's business climate, help failing schools and modernize government operations.
Minnesota child care providers who oppose a union organization effort are poised to file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court.
Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday a new multi-agency initiative to help businesses expand or locate to Minnesota.
Gov. Mark Dayton announced a list of public works construction projects that he claims will result in thousands of jobs, mostly in the depressed building sector.
Gov. Mark Dayton rejected a Republican-backed bill last spring to require Minnesotans to show photo identification to vote. Voter ID supporters have now introduced legislation that would bypass Dayton and allow voters to make the change through a constitutional amendment.
Gov. Mark Dayton wants to give Minnesota businesses a $3,000 tax credit for each unemployed person they hire, and help local businesses compete by taxing online purchases from out-of-state retailers.
An advisory panel sent a report to the state Legislature Wednesday calling for a $241 million renovation of the Minnesota Capitol building.