Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

Another longtime Minnesota lawmaker is planning to step aside next year. State Rep, Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth announced today that he will not seek re-election to a 12th term in 2014. (12/17/2013)
Republican leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate are calling on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to answer key questions about the state's new health insurance exchange. (12/16/2013)
A Minnesota judge said Friday he likely lacks power to invalidate voter registrations of thousands of people who signed up through a new online system, which has come under fire because of how it was created. (12/13/2013)
Not only does Gov. Mark Dayton say $90 million is too much to spend for a new state Senate building, he also doesn't like the look of it on paper. (12/12/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton is now considering a $975 million measure next session for public construction projects throughout Minnesota. (12/11/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton's proposals to use a budget surplus to cut taxes and to sync state tax policy with federal law are receiving various responses from his party's tax leaders. (12/11/2013)
State finance officials released a new economic forecast today that shows Minnesota with a projected $1.086 billion budget surplus. (12/05/2013)
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie insists that current law allows him to accept voter registrations that are submitted electronically. (12/04/2013)
Minnesota trade officials are trying to establish new partnerships with Brazil and South Korea. (12/02/2013)
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. (11/27/2013)
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. (11/25/2013)
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. (11/25/2013)
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. (11/18/2013)
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. (11/14/2013)
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. (11/13/2013)