Backers say the Women's Economic Security Act, which has quietly made its way through the Legislature, would help ensure that women start earning as much as men. But one Republican lawmaker said the legislation makes women look like a bunch of "whiners," and could cause businesses to cut jobs.
"The reality is they haven't agreed and it doesn't appear likely they're about to agree," Gov. Mark Dayton said. "So I need to take this to the people of Minnesota and make it clear to them that they have a big stake in this and that this is unacceptable."
Dayton said he's sympathetic with people who say they need medical marijuana to treat certain conditions. But he said as governor he must weigh the potential good of marijuana for some against the harm it could cause others. He suggested the failure to pass a new law would not create a great hardship.
A committee in the Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that would forbid people from using e-cigarettes indoors and prohibits the sale of electronic delivery devices to people under the age of 18.
Members of the Restore the Vote Coalition say a bill that would allow felons who have been released from prison to vote is a civil rights issue that will allow thousands of people, many of them minorities, to have a say in the political process.
Rep. Pat Garofalo, suggested in a tweet Sunday night that pro basketball players have criminal tendencies.
The winter has been dangerous for Minnesotans with disabilities, many of whom have had to navigate those areas in a wheelchair or without sight.
Thursday's 126-2 vote comes just 10 days since the legislative session began. The bill heads to the Senate, where leaders haven't publicly embraced the plan.
Although "federal tax conformity" might sound like a dry subject to some, it's an issue that touches hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans. Unless the state makes the change it could leave some people facing tax bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.
The tax cut talk came as Minnesota lawmakers kicked off the 2014 legislative session on Tuesday, but DFL leaders in the Senate are reluctant to embrace the plan.
The first-term legislator's political future may come down to two votes: The one he took last May to legalize same-sex marriage and the one party delegates will cast on Saturday.
An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count.
An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis showed an operating loss in fiscal 2013 compared to a $1.5 million operating surplus the prior year. Officials attributed that loss to a big jump in reserves to cover unknown future costs tied to clergy abuse claims.
The current schedule for the Capitol renovation depends on the new Senate building. Construction is expected to start this spring with a goal of completing it by 2015.