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Legislators left plenty of work on the table as they negotiate a possible special session.
Gov. Tim Walz ended a meeting with top legislative leaders on Monday with no timeline or clarity on next steps. Walz said he's ready to call legislators back, but Republicans in the Senate asked for a few days to "decompress."
The fate of the $4 billion package is tied to other fights over spending on classrooms, health care and public safety.
Governors before him have made extensive use of their veto pens.
Legislators have agreed on a drought relief package, state worker contracts and a higher education spending bill.
The deal doubles what craft distilleries can sell to customers each day.
Jennifer Carnahan, Hagedorn's widow, says the matter needs to go through the probate process.
The roughly $12 billion deal doesn't include an agreement lawmakers already struck earlier this year to replenish the state's unemployment insurance trust fund and send checks to frontline workers. Here are answers to some common questions about how they plan to pay for it all.
The first-term DFLer will miss the party's convention in Rochester to quarantine.
Gov. Tim Walz said he and top legislative leaders have agreed to the "broad framework" of a deal to spend a historic budget surplus to cut taxes, spend money on classrooms and public safety.
Legislators remain far apart on on tax cuts, public safety and funding for classrooms.
The contracts must be ratified before legislators go home for the year.
Several members are pushing to change the name of the Grassroots Legalize Cannabis Party to address concerns.
The legislative leader said she will continue to participate in end-of-session negotiations remotely.
We track the status of top issues ahead of the Legislature's May 23 adjournment.
Advocates say disclosure of information could have a chilling effect on the willingness to report.
The former Hennepin County sheriff is among a half dozen candidates vying for the party's nomination.
The late Minnesotan climbed to the pinnacle of U.S. politics as an influential senator and vice president.
If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark abortion case, states like Minnesota could become islands for women seeking the procedure.
Critics say the often-lengthy weekend conventions are inaccessible to the average voter.
Businesses face a Saturday deadline to pay increased taxes to help fill a state fund for unemployed workers.
The lawsuit follows complaints from dozens of homeowners who said the sales people used high-pressure tactics to get them to sign contracts.
Walz made a call for unity in front of Democratic and Republican legislators Sunday night in his fourth State of the State address, returning to the Minnesota House chamber for the speech for the first time since the onset of coronavirus.
The late vice president and influential senator will be remembered for his lasting legacy in state and national politics.
Mary Giuliani Stevens joins Gazelka's ticket just weeks ahead of the Republican Party's endorsing convention.
The Democratic National Committee is looking at which states will have an early say in the 2024 primary cycle.
A proposal targeting Big Tech's algorithms has drawn the companies' intense opposition.
Republican donors are split among more than a half-dozen candidates for the nomination.
More than halfway through the legislative session, only a handful of bills have landed on the governor's desk.
DFL Sen. Lindsey Port said more people need to talk about the condition to help find solutions.
Today, 23,000 job openings exist in long-term care in the state — roughly a fifth of the industry's workforce — a situation that has caused some facilities to limit admissions, while others are closing down.
H5NI has now been found in turkey flocks in 12 Minnesota counties.
Twenty candidates from across southern Minnesota are vying to replace the late Rep. Jim Hagedorn in Congress.
Democrats say there are key differences between the two states and their candidates this fall.
A bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a broader package of bills later in the session.
State and local law enforcement didn't act quickly enough to coordinate after riots broke out after George Floyd's killing and response teams lacked "clear, experienced" leadership, according to an external review.
The deal comes one day ahead of a federal deadline to reauthorize the program.
The State of the State will be delivered April 24 from the House chamber.
Juliet Rudie leads the new office after nearly 30 years in law enforcement.
The costly program has been credited with stabilizing the individual insurance marketplace.
Some members of the state's congressional delegation supported efforts to bring federal dollars back to the state.
A new law allows tribes to take action against non-tribal members for sexual violence on reservation land.
Friday marked the ninth day classes were canceled by the strike.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule this summer in a case that could determine the future of abortion access in the United States.
The congressional seat is open after the death of U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn in February.
The trend is exacerbating geographic political divides and limiting places for the DFL to make inroads in 2022.
Safe at Home allows victims of intimate partner violence and others to shield their addresses from aggressors.
The move comes after Gov. Tim Walz ordered agencies to stop contracts with Russian entities.
A number of prominent female legislators chose to retire after being paired in the same district with male colleagues.
Patty Wetterling is among those who say the registry has grown too punitive over the years.
Services will be held at his boyhood church in Truman, Minn., followed by burial in Blue Earth.
The executive order comes as other states are joining the federal government in imposing sanctions.
Democrats criticized part of the package as costly and unnecessary.
The courts united all seven of Minnesota's Anishinaabe tribes into the Eighth Congressional District and created a new opportunity in the state Senate.
Democrats passed $1 billion in frontline worker checks while Republicans pitch spending most of the surplus on tax cuts.
The state's nurses union criticizes the proposal as an attack on bargaining rights.
The court-drawn redistricting maps could continue fluctuating control of the Minnesota House and Senate for the next 10 years.
Every legislative seat is up for re-election in a redistricting year, meaning control of state government is at stake in the fall election.
The courts made the biggest shifts in the competitive Second District.
The package includes bills that would require districts and teachers to provide a wide range of information to parents.
Democrats questioned timing so soon after fatal police shooting of Amir Locke.
The four-term senator is one of more than a half dozen candidates vying for the GOP nod to take on Gov. Tim Walz.
A court-appointed panel is expected to release the state's new legislative and congressional boundaries Tuesday.
Businesses are facing double-digit payroll tax hikes without action from lawmakers by March 15.
Both parties agree the state should take immediate steps to address shortages in health care and law enforcement.
Walz authorizes National Guard to deploy if needed for civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis officers
The National Guard is also prepared if Minneapolis requests assistance following the fatal police shooting of Amir Locke.
The new law will extend the benefits for public safety and health care workers until January 2023.
DFL Gov. Tim Walz and both parties in the divided Legislature have outlined lengthy — and at times dueling — lists of priorities in recent weeks.
Activists will gather across the state Tuesday to select delegates and vote in preference polls.
Like former Gov. Jesse Ventura, Walz must convince a divided Legislature to back his plan.
The governor and legislative leaders weigh in.
The idea is gaining traction in Republican-led legislatures around the country, despite pushback from public heath officials who say protection from infection varies dramatically from case to case.
The Minnesota Democrat said there's bipartisan support for sanctions if Russia attacks.
The Eighth District Republican said Democrats' control of Washington isn't working.
Ahead this year: the legislative session, endorsing conventions, elections and more.