Rachel Stassen-Berger

Reporter | State politics
Phone: 651-925-5046
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger covers state government and politics at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Recent content from Rachel Stassen-Berger

Minnesota lawmakers get education budget details

Dayton's plan would not completely repay the state's debt to public school districts until 2017.

Updated: February 14, 2013, - 07:42 PM

Minimum-wage increase gathers steam in Minnesota

Legislators getting behind effort to increase state's base wage.

Updated: February 14, 2013, - 12:36 PM

Got money to burn? Bill would double Minn. cigarette tax

A House hearing shows how legislators feel the need to make smoking more expensive.

Updated: February 07, 2013, - 09:35 PM

Huge sums tossed at ballot questions in '12

Spending by groups for and against constitutional questions totaled nearly $23 million.

Updated: February 01, 2013, - 10:18 PM

Franken starts year with $1.3M cushion and no clear challenger

Though no clear challenger has emerged for his 2014 re-election bid, the state GOP expects to land a "very high-quality" challenger.

Updated: January 31, 2013, - 10:38 PM

Dayton girds for backlash on tax plan

When he ran for governor, he opposed expanding the sales tax. The governor has started a battle that will define his political career

Updated: January 25, 2013, - 06:44 AM

Dayton's budget plan: Widen sales tax, increase top income rate

High-wage earners would pay $1 billion more in income taxes, all Minnesotans would pay sales tax on pricier clothing and homeowners would see $500 yearly rebates under Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal.

Updated: January 23, 2013, - 05:40 AM

Bill would make Minnesota felons’ gun rights hard to restore

Violent offenders would have harder time regaining gun rights.

Updated: January 18, 2013, - 05:43 AM

Senate pay produces howls of GOP outrage

Just two days into a new legislative session, bipartisanship took a hit as the Senate DFL majority voted to cut the pay of some Republican staffers.

Updated: January 10, 2013, - 09:06 PM

Norm Coleman: Senate, no. Governorship, maybe

The Republican answered indirectly when asked about a possible gubernatorial run.

Updated: January 09, 2013, - 09:42 PM

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