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.
For the past two years, cities and towns in southeastern Minnesota have been grappling with how to regulate frac sand mining. The debate over the issue is also creating some fault lines at the Capitol.
A bill that would adjust state tax law to match the federal tax changes Congress made at the end of 2012 is headed to Governor Dayton. The Minnesota House passed the so-called tax conformity measure today 109-19.
Looming across-the-board federal spending cuts could cost as many as 4,000 jobs in Minnesota, according to Minnesota Republican Representative John Kline.
A bill that would finance redevelopment around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester is starting to move through the Legislature.
Gov. Mark Dayton's sales tax proposal is attracting attention for how it would lower the tax rate but expand it to more services. In addition to people and businesses, the tax changes would apply to cities and counties, which also have to pay the sales tax. Some officials say expanding the sales tax to services would put a dent in their budgets.
The Minnesota House voted to expand Medical Assistance to cover more low income and disabled people.
Legislators are being asked to pass a bill that would require public officials to disclose more about where they earn their money. The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board voted Monday to encourage the Legislature to pass tougher economic disclosure laws. A proposal backed by the board would require officials to make public their consulting interests and details about income earned by their spouses.
Some Republicans are pining for a repeat campaign for Minnesota governor by former state Rep. Tom Emmer.
Some state lawmakers say questions the wisdom of financing public improvements around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester. The health care provider announced a plan this week for investments totaling more than $5 billion over the next two decades that rely on about a half a billion dollars in taxpayer money. Even Gov. Mark Dayton expressed concern about the precedent it would set, but he said he doesn't want Minnesota to lose the clinic's headquarters.
The Mayo Clinic is proposing to invest $5 billion in Rochester and surrounding communities to build what the health provider is calling a "Destination Medical Center."
Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature blasted the Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan today because they say it would force middle income Minnesotans to pay more in sales taxes. Dayton disputes the claim and says that by lowering property taxes and the sales tax rate he is creating a fair playing field for all Minnesotans.
A two percent across-the-board pay hike for state employees is one step closer to reality.
If Gov. Mark Dayton was hoping Minnesota newspapers would endorse his tax plan on their editorial pages, he may be disappointed. Dayton faced criticism on his budget proposal Thursday when he gave a speech to the Minnesota Newspaper Association at its annual convention in Bloomington.
The Minnesota Senate has confirmed two of Gov. Dayton's appointments.