Tom Scheck Feature Archive

State finance officials announced today that they deposited $150 million into the state's budget reserve - strengthening Minnesota's budget standing in case of an economic downturn. The state's total budget reserve is $811 million. (07/01/2014)
The court on Monday ruled that thousands of Illinois home health care workers cannot be required to pay fees to cover collective bargaining costs. (06/30/2014)
With Minnehaha Falls as the backdrop, President Barack Obama launched a two-day trip to the Twin Cities on Thursday with an hour-long town hall meeting in Minneapolis, designed to boost the spirits of people frustrated with nation's still sluggish economy -- and of Democrats uncertain about their prospects in the midterm elections. (06/27/2014)
Democrats think a visit from President Barack Obama will fire up their base and motivate rank-and-file DFLers to vote in November. Republicans, on the other hand, say Obama's visit will be a boon to their candidates, as his poll numbers sink and many Americans see the country as heading in the wrong direction. (06/26/2014)
Former Republican Gov. Al Quie is backing former state Rep. Marty Seifert's campaign for governor. The Seifert campaign made the announcement this morning. (06/25/2014)
With Minnesota's primary election about six weeks away, the four Republican candidates for governor have been busy raising money and reaching out to voters. But there's a big question hanging in the air: Will the summertime primary will generate much interest among voters? (06/23/2014)
Follow along as MPR News reporter Jon Collins rides the Green Line all day, telling the stories from the stations, the train and the first-day festivities. There'll be speeches, celebrations, music, free rides and plenty of fanfare as the Green Line light rail project launches today. The first trains leave the station at 10 a.m., and rides on all Metro Transit buses and trains will be free all day. (06/14/2014)
But after taking some early lumps on MNsure Democrats are becoming more aggressive about promoting what they say are the program's benefits. (06/12/2014)
After losing every election for top statewide office since 2006, Minnesota Republicans said they were looking for candidates at Saturday's state party convention who can win. (06/02/2014)
Union members who are pushing for expanded mining say the governor needs to take a stronger stand in favor of mining or he could lose votes this fall. But taking that stand would put him at odds environmental groups. (05/30/2014)
Legislators are back in their districts Monday after finishing the 2014 legislative session on Friday night. (05/18/2014)
Early Friday morning, the Minnesota House passed two bills that spend more than $1 billion on public works projects across the state. Later in the day they are poised to pass another round of tax cuts, as well as a bill that legalizes medical marijuana and a bill that increases spending for schools, health care and broadband. (05/16/2014)
Bakk said he expects the House and Senate to vote on the tax bill, a medical marijuana bill and a bonding bill tonight. He says he expects lawmakers to finish their work by Friday night. (05/15/2014)
The House and Senate both passed the bill earlier tonight. It would ban the use of e-cigarettes in government buildings, in schools and on the campuses of the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. (05/15/2014)
Lawmakers have criticized Minnesota Lottery officials for expanding access to new games without getting legislative approval. But the lottery's executive director Ed Van Petten said banning the games could cost the state millions in lost revenue and lawsuits. He said he would prefer to see Gov. Mark Dayton veto the bill. (05/15/2014)