Many cities and counties are raising taxes, even though the state boosted their funding by a total of $120 million. Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says he will contact municipal leaders about new tools available to keep property taxes in check next year.
The annual Thanksgiving-week celebration of Minnesota's nation-leading turkey industry also highlighted concerns about the lack of action by Congress on a new farm bill.
Three new state business-to-business sales taxes are scheduled to take effect on April 1, and those in the industries targeted -- storage and warehousing, business equipment repair and telecom equipment purchases -- a working overtime to find enough DFL allies to repeal the laws.
The chairman of a state task force on Minnesota's sex offender program told lawmakers today that a soon-to-be-released report will recommend ways to reduce the number of people locked up indefinitely by civil commitment.
Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced 10 highway construction projects today that will fall under a $300 million funding measure that lawmakers passed earlier this year.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's contention that a 13-year-old law gave him the green light to launch a new online voter registration system is getting support from two former legislators who sponsored the measure. But others who worked on the law disagree.
Despite increases in funding for schools and local governments approved during the 2013 legislative session, property taxes appear to be going up.
Gov. Mark Dayton's total income last year was $343,234, according to the 2012 tax return that he released today.
An advisory committee on Minnesota Capitol security is preparing recommendations that could include a new notification process for handgun permit holders who want to bring firearms into the building.
State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, is planning to introduce legislation next year that would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will take over a Minnesota education advocacy group once he leaves office in January.
GOP delegates will meet Saturday to vote their early preferences for governor and U.S. Senate in a non-binding straw poll. The poll is imperfect -- many past winners did not end up as the party nominee. GOP leaders, though, still see it as an important test for candidates and their messages.
The 66-year-old governor initially injured his hip back in June when he was hurrying down a flight of stairs. The procedure is designed to promote healing of the torn muscle in his left hip, according to a statement from the governor's office.
Gov. Dayton has already dubbed 2014 the "unsession," because he wants legislators to spend much of their time eliminating old, outdated state laws rather than adding new ones. He's been collecting suggestions on what to get rid of, as well as ideas for making government better, faster and simpler.
Republican lawmakers have been pounding Mark Ritchie for developing an online voter registration system without first obtaining legislative approval. Republicans want the Senate Subcommittee on Elections to hold a hearing to address their concerns.