A committee in the Minnesota Senate has defeated a bill that would have required sellers of concert tickets to disclose how many tickets are being held back from the public.
With Minnesota House and Senate Democrats proposing $2 billion in new taxes to erase the budget deficit and spend more on schools, economic development and other state services, one area -- health and human services -- is getting left out. In fact, DFLers propose a spending cut.
Democrats in the Minnesota House want the state's wealthiest residents to temporarily pay an income tax surcharge to eliminate a funding delay to state schools.
Gov. Dayton hits the road this week to promote his budget plan, which proposes raising taxes to erase the state's budget deficit and increase funding for schools and economic development. Democrats in control of the House and Senate are set to release their budget outlines this week and one key spending difference will be in the area of education.
DFL legislative leaders say they plan to release their spending targets for the next two-year budget this week.
A Minnesota House committee is scheduled to debate a gun bill this week that is dividing Democrats.
MPR's Tom Scheck sums up the week's events at the Capitol.
Gov. Mark Dayton's revised budget plan relies on higher income taxes for the state's top earners and an increased cigarette tax to erase a projected deficit and increase spending for education. The revised plan does not include a sales tax on services and does away with Dayton's earlier $1.4 billion plan to give homeowners a $500 property tax credit. Dayton said increasing taxes on the wealthy is a matter of fairness.
A Minnesota Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would put a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting in Minnesota.
Gov. Mark Dayton has no plans to capitulate on his proposal to raise income taxes on top earners to erase the state's projected $627 million deficit and provide more money for education.
The chair of a key legislative committee says supporters of a plan that relies on more than $500 million to help the Mayo Clinic expand in Rochester should go back to the drawing table. In a hearing Tuesday, House Taxes Committee chair Ann Lenczewski said she has deep concerns about the plan's financing.
Gov. Mark Dayton says his revised budget plan will include the same spending increases for education and economic development as his original proposal from six weeks ago, but he's hinting that the $500 property tax rebate from his first plan is likely to be scrapped.
Dayton says the plan will include funds to renovate the Minneapolis Veterans Home and the expansion of civic centers in Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud.
Committees in the House and Senate will hold hearings today on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Groups on both sides of the issue are especially focused on newly elected Democrats from rural Minnesota.
A bill that would require Minnesota hospitals to meet national standards on nurse staffing appears headed for a roadblock in the Legislature.