Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

The election-year speech, which comes unusually late in the legislative session, could preview some of the themes Dayton will use as he campaigns for re-election. (04/30/2014)
Senators voted 41-24 today for the House version of a bill to authorize the system, which was launched by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie last fall. A judge ruled Monday that Ritchie exceeded his authority and said the original system had to shut down by midnight tonight. (04/29/2014)
Members of the State and Local Government Committee advanced the bill today on a divided voice vote. (04/29/2014)
If a city or county provides lifeguards at a beach it owns, those lifeguards would need certification in first aid and CPR. (04/28/2014)
In response to a lawsuit, Judge John Guthman ruled today that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie lacked the statutory authority to launch the voter registration system on his own. (04/28/2014)
Minnesota lawmakers are moving closer to the conclusion of the 2014 session, but they still haven't decided how to spend the remainder of the $1.2 billion budget surplus. (04/28/2014)
Dayton on Thursday said he made the offer to House and Senate leaders "in the spirit of accommodation," as they work to negotiate a budget compromise. (04/24/2014)
Four Senate panels have already approved the bill, but it was sidetracked to the Rules Committee last month before a floor vote could take place. Now it's been sent to another committee. (04/23/2014)
Under the bill, law enforcement must show probable cause of a crime to track someone's cell phone. There's also a requirement for notifying people when their tracking information is collected. (04/22/2014)
Minnesota legislators return from their spring break today with plans to pass a bonding bill, and finalize tax and spending measures. In addition, supporters of medical marijuana are still trying to get a bill passed this year. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire who covers the capitol. (04/22/2014)
House and Senate negotiators will need to resolve the differences between two supplemental budget bills. The House version is $323 million. The Senate is at $210 million. Both bodies passed bills to reduce taxes by about $100 million, but there are differences (04/21/2014)
Minnesota's minimum wage will begin to climb this summer, and could keep climbing every year after that, now that Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that includes automatic increases tied to inflation. (04/14/2014)
The law phases in the increase, setting a $9.50 minimum wage for businesses with gross sales over $500,000 in 2016. The first increase comes in August of this year when the hourly wage goes to $8.00. It goes to $9.00 in August 2015. (04/14/2014)
The Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee heard testimony for and against the bill for more than two hours but delayed a vote until after lawmakers take their Easter/Passover break. (04/10/2014)
Minnesota is on the cusp of adopting one of the nation's highest minimum wages after the Senate voted Wednesday to gradually boost it to $9.50 per hour. (04/09/2014)