Tom Scheck Feature Archive

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. (05/19/2013)
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. (05/19/2013)
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. (05/18/2013)
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. (05/18/2013)
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. (05/17/2013)
Minnesota would have the fourth highest income tax rate in the nation under a deal reached by Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislative leaders. (05/17/2013)
A jobs and economic development budget bill headed to the Minnesota Senate cuts the unemployment insurance tax for businesses, provides funding for job training and spends taxpayer money to jumpstart business expansion in the state. (05/16/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to sign a bill Tuesday afternoon that will legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. But opponents of the legislation argue even though they lost this round the issue is not settled. (05/14/2013)
With Minnesota now poised to become the 12th state to legalize same sex marriage it's worth pausing a moment to consider how we got here. (05/10/2013)
Same-sex marriage is a big step closer to being legal in Minnesota, with Thursday's state House vote 75-59 in favor. But groups on both sides of the issue are already measuring the political fallout from the vote and what it will mean for next year's election. (05/09/2013)
The Minnesota Legislature is close to deciding whether to legalize same-sex marriage. (05/07/2013)
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, the latest Republican to enter the race for Minnesota governor, is hoping to stitch together a GOP coalition from factions that have been at odds with each other in the last few election cycles. (05/06/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton has opened the door to supporting an increase in the alcohol tax. (05/01/2013)
The next chapter in the 2013 legislative session is about to begin as Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislative leaders start negotiating major tax and spending bills. All three want to increase income taxes on top earners and raise cigarette taxes, but significant differences in each plan could mean an overall deal will take some time to come together. (04/30/2013)
It took two tries for the Minnesota Senate to pass a tax bill raising $1.8 billion in new revenue. Two Senate Democrats were forced to switch their votes after the bill was initially defeated. The failure prompted Republicans to claim Senate DFL leaders could pass their tax hikes only by twisting arms of some nervous first-term members. (04/30/2013)