• The Minnesota State CapitolMinn. House considers $323M budget plan
    Minnesota's Democratic-controlled House is considering a budget that spends another $323 million of the state's surplus.April 4, 2014
  • Minn. mayors praise boost in state funding
    Several Minnesota mayors are praising the boost in state funding that's coming their way after several years of budget austerity.June 19, 2013
  • Paul Thissen,  Gov. Mark DaytonPolitical spin begins as 2013 session ends
    Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders will shift from policy to politics today, now that the 2013 session is over. Dayton will hold a press conference this morning, while Republican lawmakers will travel the state to give their spin on the session.May 21, 2013
  • Budget in hand, Legislature adjourns
    The last votes included the Senate's passage of a massive tax bill, and House approval of a measure to finance state government operations. Both votes were delayed most of the final day by negotiations on a new, smaller bonding bill that covers repairs on the State Capitol.May 21, 2013
  • Budget in limbo with legislative deadline just hours away
    Members spent most of the weekend working to pass pieces of a two-year, $38.3 billion budget -- the main work of the session. The House passed the tax bill that finances that spending earlier Monday morning after a six-hour debate by a 69-65 margin.May 20, 2013
  • Minn. House passes K-12 finance bill
    The Minnesota House passed a K-12 finance bill that would increase funding by $485 million for all-day kindergarten, special education, early childhood education and the classroom.May 19, 2013
  • Minn. lawmakers take budget debate down to wire
    The final pieces of Minnesota's next two-year, $38 billion budget were falling into place Sunday as state lawmakers clocked long hours and held a succession of late-night debates at the Capitol. By late afternoon, lawmakers had sent six of nine major budget bills to Gov. Mark Dayton.May 19, 2013
  • Minnesota budget deal: Higher taxes for top earners, smokers
    Minnesota would have the fourth highest income tax rate in the nation under a deal reached by Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislative leaders.May 17, 2013
  • With clock ticking, big differences remain in Capitol budget bills
    Significant differences remain in the tax bill, and DFL leaders appear willing to throw in the towel on a minimum wage increase.May 16, 2013
  • Dayton, DFL leaders agree on budget targets
    Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature's top Democrats have reached a budget deal that includes income tax increases on wealthier Minnesotans and a cigarette tax increase, and aims to provide property tax relief.May 12, 2013
  • Minn. April tax haul up by $153M
    Minnesota's tax haul for April was $153 million better than forecasters had expected, a strong month that probably has little effect on the trajectory of legislative budget talks.May 10, 2013
  • Lawmaker pay raise rests with committee
    A pay raise plan for Minnesota elected officials is a key point of difference as a House-Senate panel begins negotiations on a state agency budget bill.May 2, 2013
  • Minn. Senate passes funding for all-day K
    The State Senate passed a two-year, $15.7 billion education finance bill Thursday on a 35 to 28 vote that includes full funding for all-day kindergarten in every district.April 25, 2013
  • Lawmaker pay raise in Minn. budget bill
    Minnesota lawmakers would get their first pay boosts since the late 1990s under a budget proposal rolled out Tuesday in the Senate that also includes salary increases for the governor and top agency leaders.April 9, 2013
  • Minn. lawmakers to hear federal cuts update
    A month into the federal budget cuts known as sequestration, Minnesota lawmakers are getting an update on how the reductions have played out here.April 5, 2013
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