Ricardo Lopez

Reporter | Politics and government
Phone: 651-925-5044
Ricardo Lopez covers all aspects of Minnesota politics, the state budget, the administration and state agencies.

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GOP-led House passes teacher layoff bill, 70-63

House votes 70-63 to require school districts to consider performance, not just seniority.

Updated: March 05, 2015, - 11:47 PM

Legislators propose a 'Legislative Budget Office'

Legislative leaders cite the need for “full independent analysis” of proposed measures.

Updated: March 02, 2015, - 11:50 PM

Dayton, GOP have different visions for $1.9B surplus

Minnesota’s predicted budget surplus has nearly doubled, leaving Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers with $1.9 billion to spend, save or return to taxpayers. But parties are split on how best to use the windfall.

Updated: February 28, 2015, - 08:07 AM

Minn. teacher tenure vote stalled by questions of cost

Last-minute state report on the measure’s costs surprises GOP leaders.

Updated: February 27, 2015, - 09:39 AM

Minnesota Senate GOP wants to give schools more money for local needs

Senate Republicans propose giving school districts $455 million.

Updated: February 24, 2015, - 09:41 PM

Minimum-wage exemption sought for tipped workers

Measure focuses on food workers who receive tips.

Updated: February 24, 2015, - 09:53 AM

Lawmakers: Factor teacher performance into layoffs

Some lawmakers want merit to become a bigger factor in layoff decisions.

Updated: February 21, 2015, - 10:00 PM

Coin flip? College GPA? How do Minn. schools break seniority ties?

Efforts are underway at the Capitol to change a system governing teacher layoffs during budget cuts. Often referred to as...

Updated: February 21, 2015, - 08:21 PM

Minnesota says cigarette smuggling is a growing problem

To fight back, officials seek more funds and tougher penalties.

Updated: February 10, 2015, - 11:05 PM

Minnesota stops taking TurboTax returns due to possible fraud

Minnesota officials made the urgent move late Thursday after two taxpayers reported that they had logged into Intuit’s TurboTax but were advised a return had already been filed. Intuit said Friday that it has stopped processing state tax returns nationwide.

Updated: February 06, 2015, - 02:08 PM

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