Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

Among the new Minnesota laws that will take effect Jan. 1 is a measure the prevents private employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record until they've been selected for an interview or offered employment. (12/30/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats are big supporters of the federal health care law that allowed for the creation of MNsure. The Republicans who want to defeat them in 2014 are not. (12/25/2013)
Price Industries is a maker of heating, ventilation and air conditioning products. It plans to create 40, higher-wage engineering jobs in Minnesota. (12/19/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton wouldn't say today whether he asked April Todd-Malmlov to resign earlier this week as director of Minnesota's new health insurance exchange. (12/19/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders received a private briefing Tuesday on several proposed changes to Minnesota Sex Offender Program that aim to reduce the number of people detained under civil commitment. (12/17/2013)
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)