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

Effort to raise state's minimum wage could hinge on DFL Senate

Gov. Dayton calls the wage hike one of his top priorities for the year, and has said the state’s current minimum wage -- $6.15 an hour -- is “ridiculously low.” But the proposal is getting a cool reception in the DFL-controlled Senate.

Updated: January 21, 2014, - 06:28 AM

Minnesota Republican Party pays debt down to $1.2 million

The party is on the rebound after moving to much less expensive digs and repaying $800,000 of $2M owed.

Updated: January 20, 2014, - 09:37 PM

Dayton on audit: 'I wish we would never make mistakes but we're human”

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday acknowledged that he erred by taking a campaign employee along on a state airplane...

Updated: January 17, 2014, - 09:01 PM

Audit: Dayton misused plane

Gov. Mark Dayton broke state law by bringing a campaign staffer along on the state plane for a 2012 trip to promote DFL candidates, according to a long-awaited audit which said the rules are not well defined.

Updated: January 17, 2014, - 05:33 AM

Dayton's $1 billion wish list faces wary legislators

The infrastructure-laden bonding proposal must navigate gantlet of GOP lawmakers leery of increasing state’s debt.

Updated: January 16, 2014, - 05:46 AM

Minnesota campaign finance data errors reach $26 million

The Star Tribune's analysis turned up $20 million in problems. Regulators found an additional $6 million in an extra year of digging.

Updated: January 08, 2014, - 09:55 AM

Former Minnesota House Speaker Rod Searle dies at 93

Republican led the House through rare ’78 power split.

Updated: January 06, 2014, - 09:25 PM

Minnesota political spending concentrated in few hands

More than half of $53 million spent in state in recent years came from just three dozen sources. Among the DFL heavyweights are Alida Messinger, above.

Updated: December 30, 2013, - 03:32 PM

Reporters compete to get budget numbers

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger offers a behind-the-scenes look at how times have changed with fetching state budget forecast numbers.

Updated: December 24, 2013, - 11:40 AM

State regulators fine DFL Senate campaign $100,000

The penalty, one of the largest levied, is for breaking a ban on coordination with candidates.

Updated: December 17, 2013, - 11:19 PM

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