Republicans have long been linked to big business, but this year in Minnesota some top candidates for statewide office and Congress are actually business people.
State Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, announced today that he is forming a start-up committee to run in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by incumbent Democrat Al Franken.
Just days after Republican Michele Bachmann said she would not run for a fifth term in Congress, her declared DFL opponent Jim Graves is ending his 2014 campaign. Graves sent a letter to his supporters Friday morning.
At least eight Minnesota Republicans are considering a run for the 6th District congressional seat that Rep. Michele Bachmann is leaving at the end of her fourth term.
A group of in-home child care providers and a conservative group plan to file a lawsuit Wednesday aimed at stopping a new law that allows state subsidized child care providers and personal care workers to unionize. Gov. Dayton signed the bill into law last week after a contentious debate in the Legislature.
A mutual aid compact between the state of Minnesota and Canada will allow sharing of emergency personnel in certain disasters and emergencies.
Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders will shift from policy to politics today, now that the 2013 session is over. Dayton will hold a press conference this morning, while Republican lawmakers will travel the state to give their spin on the session.
The Minnesota Legislature Monday night passed a bill to pay for State Capitol renovations. The pared-down bonding bill includes $109 million to make extensive repairs to the State Capitol, as well as funding for flood mitigation projects and the Minneapolis veteran's home.
Members spent most of the weekend working to pass pieces of a two-year, $38.3 billion budget -- the main work of the session. The House passed the tax bill that finances that spending earlier Monday morning after a six-hour debate by a 69-65 margin.
After more than four-and-a-half hours of debate overnight, the Minnesota House has set aside for now a controversial bill that would let state-subsidized home health and child care workers form unions.
Companies looking to mine frac sand in Minnesota would need to get approval from the Department of Natural Resources. The requirement was part of an environment budget bill passed by the Legislature on Saturday night.
The Minnesota House passed a K-12 finance bill that would increase funding by $485 million for all-day kindergarten, special education, early childhood education and the classroom.
The Minnesota Legislature has passed a health and human services budget bill that increases funding for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities by 5 percent over the next two years.
A plan to provide state money to help Rochester handle a planned Mayo Clinic expansion is one step closer to reality. The plan would rely on $327 million in state aid to help Rochester build roads, bridges and other amenities to grow along with the Mayo Clnic's $3 billion planned expansion.
DFL legislative leaders say plans to raise the gas tax for road projects and a metrowide sales tax for transit projects are dead for the year.