The Minnesota Legislature is back in session this morning after missing a self-imposed deadline to finish its work by Monday night.
It's unlikely that state lawmakers will meet their self-imposed deadline to adjourn the legislative session today. One of the main sticking points is a new Vikings stadium, which is putting Republican lawmakers in a political bind because they want to act on other issues first. It's not the way top Republicans were expecting this session to play out.
Supporters of a Vikings stadium bill in the Minnesota House don't have enough votes to pass the legislation, Speaker Kurt Zellers said late Saturday as he put off bringing the measure up for a full vote.
Several hundred people braved cold weather and rain to listen to former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain at an anti-tax rally Saturday afternoon at the State Capitol.
There won't be any breakthrough deals on the main issues being debated between Governor Dayton and legislative leaders. The Minnesota House adjourned this afternoon after doing limited work on the floor. The House is scheduled to come back in session on Saturday at 3p.m.
With the legislative session heading into what is expected to be its final weekend, there's still no agreement on major issues including a Vikings stadium, a public works bonding bill or a tax bill.
Minnesota Management and Budget released a report that details how much money has yet to be spent from past bonding bills. The report says $1.5 billion has yet to be spent on projects. The report comes at a time when Gov. Dayton is negotiating the importance of a new bonding bill with legislative leaders.
There are four major pieces of legislation being discussed for vote at the State Capitol, but the Vikings stadium dominates the attention. The other three are a tax bill, a public works construction bill and a bill that would change teacher tenure rules.
Efforts to create an earlier primary in the state Legislature have fizzled tonight after a joint House/Senate conference committee stripped the measure from a broader elections bill.
Same-sex domestic partner health benefits are in play as part of Minnesota state employee contract talks, reopening a debate that raged at the Capitol a decade ago.
The Minnesota House on Tuesday passed a bill that restores some spending cuts made last year to health and human services programs.
The Minnesota Senate rejected an elections bill today that would have created an earlier primary date in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Senate has revealed how much it is paying a lawyer to represent it in any legal action involving former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he wants a bonding bill to create jobs, but there are dozens of projects on the books from previous years that haven't started yet.
In his application for unemployment benefits former Minnesota Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb said he didn't violate Senate policies or commit misconduct. His application was rejected and he has appealed. An unemployment judge held a two-hour hearing on Brodkorb's appeal this afternoon.