Big week ahead as the Minnesota Legislature returns on Tuesday with Democrats in control of the House, Senate and governor's office for the first time in more than two decades.
MPR News. Minnesota Legislature preview: 10 issues to watch
Political reporters Tim Pugmire and Tom Scheck offer detailed looks at the key issues for lawmakers, from budget and taxes to a new health care insurance exchange.
Pugmire this morning also writes that the budget is the DFL's top priority.
MPR's Tom Scheck takes a look at the Economic Interest Statements filed by public officials and found that one in four statements filed by lawmakers "do not provide meaningful information that could alert the public to potential conflicts of interest."
It's Monday! Stories we're watching: NHL contract deal/#mnleg 2013 session starts tomorrow/St. Paul Macy's final sale starts today.— Cathy Wurzer (@CathyWurzer) January 7, 2013
The public and lobbyists who stop into DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk's office will see a bowl of taconite pellets.
The bowl contains a warning -- "Not Edible." -- posted after a former commissioner in former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration almost popped a pellet in his mouth because he thought it was candy. -- Tom Scheck