Tom Scheck Feature Archive

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. (03/13/2013)
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. (03/12/2013)
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. (03/12/2013)
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. (03/12/2013)
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. (03/12/2013)
A bill that would require Minnesota hospitals to meet national standards on nurse staffing appears headed for a roadblock in the Legislature. (03/10/2013)
Supporters of a bill that would require constitutional officers, state lawmakers and other public officials to disclose more about their sources of income may have to wait another year. (03/09/2013)
A Minnesota House committee today approved a bill that would allow higher contributions to political candidates running for state office. (03/07/2013)
A bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday announced a bill that aims to toughen penalties for criminals who carry guns. (03/06/2013)
The chief sponsor of a bill that would require universal background checks for gun buyers is not backing down, despite signs the measure doesn't have enough support to pass the House. A bipartisan group of lawmakers will announce today a separate gun bill that does not include universal background checks. The dispute is creating a rift between two powerful DFL legislators. (03/06/2013)
A bill that would allow in-home child care providers and home care assistants for adults to decide whether they want to join a union was given its first hearing in a Minnesota Senate committee today. (03/04/2013)
Committees in the Minnesota House and Senate will hold hearings this week on raising the state's minimum wage. (02/24/2013)
A bill that would allow cities to install cameras designed to catch red light runners at intersections hit a red light of its own in a House committee. (02/21/2013)
Opponents of the new mining process packed a legislative hearing to urge Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to regulate the sand mining industry. But industry officials say such regulations will limit job growth and create unnecessary burdens on them. (02/19/2013)
The Minnesota House is going back to full strength again with 134 members after DFLer Clark Johnson and Republican Tama Theis take the oath of office Tuesday. (02/19/2013)