Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

Bills already introduced in the House and Senate would require school districts to emphasize performance over seniority in teacher staffing decisions. (01/20/2015)
DFLers in the Minnesota Senate are expected to release a transportation funding plan Monday that would raise new tax revenue for roads, bridges and transit. (01/12/2015)
House Republicans and Senate Democrats have different approaches to Minnesota's future. Democrats want to make investments in several areas but Republicans are wary of spending money. (01/08/2015)
Republicans will hold more power in the session that starts Tuesday. Here's what DFL and GOP leaders are saying about potential pitfalls -- and opportunities. (01/05/2015)
Tax cuts and spending ideas will compete as state lawmakers negotiate a two-year budget. But no one's talking tax increases. (01/02/2015)
Legislators expect to have some extra money on hand in 2015. That's giving some people ideas. (12/31/2014)
Minnesota's next lieutenant governor is promising to change a job that kept many of her predecessors out of the public eye. But Tina Smith says she's still figuring out what her role will be. (12/29/2014)
Rep. Joe Schomacker said the committee's work in 2015 will include funding issues for nursing homes and assisted living programs and addressing workforce challenges. (12/22/2014)
After reclaiming the House in the November elections, the GOP appears eager to focus on Greater Minnesota through the creation of several new committees. (12/10/2014)
Hundreds of people met to discuss ways to hold police more accountable for their actions. About 200 people marched down Broadway Avenue before blocking the intersection leading to northeast Minneapolis. (12/06/2014)
State Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, wants more scrutiny of the Minnesota State High School League after its vote to allow transgender athletes play on the team that suits their identity. (12/06/2014)
An audit of the nonprofit known as TIES highlighted a host of financial irregularities. Some school districts, though, say they'll continue working with the education technology group. (12/05/2014)
Many at the Capitol expect today's new economic forecast to show a surplus, but leaders from both political parties are trying to dampen expectations for more state spending. (12/04/2014)
When voters gave Republicans control of the Minnesota House, they set up potential conflict between the GOP and Gov. Mark Dayton and a DFL-controlled Senate. (11/25/2014)
When Republicans take control of the Minnesota House, their focus will be on transportation, lowering taxes and supporting traditional and rural values, new members say. (11/19/2014)