Jennifer Brooks

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

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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

Mayo boosts lobbying as funding bill advances

$585M request is cut deeply in House, Senate versions.

Updated: April 22, 2013, - 09:37 PM

Senate slims, retools Mayo Clinic's $585 million bill

The revised plan would trim clinic’s $585M funding request. A House version would ask the Rochester community to pitch in...

Updated: April 11, 2013, - 10:53 PM

Wednesday: Blowback at Capitol sends Mayo back to drawing board

Legislators blasted Mayo Clinic's CEO, insulted its hometown and nearly derailed debate on a $500 million bill over a $5 million local tax spat.

Updated: April 10, 2013, - 10:47 PM

Dayton rolls out $750 million wish list for state projects

Governor’s bonding bill will face a friendly Legislature, though GOP side gives it a chilly reception.

Updated: April 09, 2013, - 05:59 AM

Bill would legalize same-sex civil unions in Minnesota

The bill was characterized as a “fallback plan” in case the gay marriage proposal fails.

Updated: April 04, 2013, - 03:35 PM

April 2: Legislators split up $500 million Mayo bill

The House Taxes Committee split the bill in half amid calls for Rochester to shoulder a bigger share of the huge makeover project.

Updated: April 02, 2013, - 09:45 PM

Minnesota's dismal e-pulltab sales kick off political blame game

Critics of Minnesota’s use of gambling industry numbers as a basis for revenue projections want a hearing by Senate Finance Committee.

Updated: March 28, 2013, - 10:46 PM

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