Jennifer Brooks

Reporter | Politics and government
Phone: 651-925-5049
Jennifer Brooks covers politics for the Star Tribune.

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$2 billion tax plan wins final approval on deadline at Capitol

With five minutes in the 2013 legislative session to spare before the midnight deadline, the Senate voted 36-30 to pass a $2.1 billion tax bill that ushers in higher taxes on the wealthy and smokers.

Updated: May 21, 2013, - 01:19 PM

Union debate grips Capitol; budget measures squeaking by

The Minnesota Senate granted final passage to a $15.7 billion education funding bill that will give most parents access to free, all-day kindergarten beginning next year.

Updated: May 20, 2013, - 05:17 AM

Jubilant Minnesota couples make wedding plans

Jubilant gay, lesbian couples make wedding plans.

Updated: May 13, 2013, - 11:56 PM

Minnesota budget deal: Tax hikes on high earners, tobacco

Revenue increases would boost school spending and fund a property tax relief plan. GOP responded with scorn.

Updated: May 13, 2013, - 08:20 AM

Minnesota medical marijuana supporters push for legalization

It won’t happen this session, but bipartisan effort looks to the next.

Updated: May 03, 2013, - 06:15 AM

To bond or not to bond? Communities await news

Millions of dollars’ worth of local infrastructure projects await Legislature’s vote on bonding bill.

Updated: May 02, 2013, - 12:28 PM

It takes 2 votes, but Minnesota Senate approves $1.8B tax bill

The DFL-led proposal would lower the sales tax rate to 6 percent from 6.875. But the state would broaden the sales tax to include a first-ever tax on clothing, auto repair, dating services and haircuts.

Updated: April 29, 2013, - 10:25 PM

House wraps $338 million for Mayo Clinic into tax proposal

The $2.6 billion tax measurem approved on a 69-64 vote, raises taxes on smokers and drinkers to balance the budget. The Senate continues to debate a significantly different tax plan.

Updated: April 25, 2013, - 06:24 AM

Minnesota lawmakers volunteer for drug tests

Drug tests for lawmakers and welfare recipients passed the House this week and may win Senate support.

Updated: April 23, 2013, - 09:03 PM

Minn. House OKs $11.2B health, human services budget

The legislation includes $150 million in cuts and mandatory drug tests for lawmakers.

Updated: April 23, 2013, - 10:05 AM

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