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House Democrats' transportation funding bill would raise the tax on a gallon of gas by 5 cents over the next four years.
Budget proposals vary on approaches to education disparities, police reform.
The divided Legislature has just a few weeks to pass a two-year state budget and try to strike a deal on other key policy issues.
Republicans say tax hikes are dead on arrival.
Minnesota collected tens of millions for private nonprofit hospitals in recent years.
Political clashes continue over state law enforcement funding for Chauvin trial.
Residential and commercial buildings would need to add automatic systems.
Expanded child tax credit will give families monthly check starting in summer.
Less money was devoted to influencing those decisionmakers than in any year since 2012, according to newly released data.
Their plan comes as the state's financial outlook has improved.
State's executive council also extends those emergency powers another month.
Legislative planning for the end of the eviction halt has started in earnest.
Minnesota law enforcement leaders applauded the tranquillity of Monday's early demonstrations at the start of the closely watched trial of former Minneapolis police officer…
The state has had a tall fence around the Capitol since the end of May, and is adding traffic control measures around the complex.
State and county officials have distributed the bulk of the aid approved in December.
News sets the stage for months of budget negotiations at the State Capitol and adds fuel to a political fight over taxes.
The governor said that a new public works package would create jobs during the pandemic and help prevent roads and buildings from falling into disrepair.
City and state leaders plan to bring thousands of soldiers, sheriffs' deputies and police into the metro area.
Legislators are divided over the measure to cover police bills.
Thousands of police, sheriffs deputies and Minnesota National Guard members are ready to jump into action during the upcoming trial of the first of four officers charged in the killing of George Floyd.
Chauvin case looms but the Legislature is mired in debate over police reform.
Some Republicans quickly derided the small amount, with House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt calling it "a talking point, that's not a tax cut."
Minnesota brewers gathered at the Capitol on Thursday to make the case for the state to remove its limits on which breweries can sell growlers.Leaders…
Gun measures have not been a focus during a COVID-dominated legislative session.
Similar arguments that Walz overreached have been rejected by the courts.
The first Republican candidate has joined the race for Minnesota governor.Mike Murphy, mayor of the small town of Lexington in Anoka County, said while he…
The state is coordinating with other law enforcement agencies ahead of the trial.
The governor wants to create the account ahead of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin's trial.
Despite being outspent, Republicans held on to control of the Senate and made gains in the House.
Minnesota leaders are debating the state's financial responsibility for helping Minneapolis and St. Paul pay for property damage and other costs related to last summer's…
His $52.4 billion plan would provide a tax credit for an estimated 300,000 working families and would cut taxes for about 1 million households across the state.
Gov. Tim Walz said the coronavirus has not decimated the priorities he campaigned on — although he's hoping the new administration in Washington can help…
From block parties to Biden sweatshirts to ice cream, Minnesota Democrats celebrate Inauguration Day.
Minnesota lawmakers' overall per diem costs and expense reimbursements fell in 2020 as more people worked from home during the pandemic. Still, payments to legislators…
Minnesota's top public safety officials say they have detailed precautions set up ahead of protests this weekend, but said there are no credible threats against the State Capitol.
The two chambers have sharply different focuses in their early bills this session.
Some of Trump's supporters in Minnesota dismissed impeachment as a "ridiculous charade."
Walz is deploying the Minnesota National Guard ahead of potentially violent protests.
An annual panel with state leaders erupted with Walz making accusations of gaslighting and GOP drawing comparisons to George Floyd protests.
Close pandemic partnership ends at Minn.'s western and southern borders.
The political battle over face masks resurfaced at the Minnesota Capitol as the legislative session kicked off last week.House Democrats passed a rule saying members…
Several lawmakers tweeted Wednesday saying they are safe.
Lawmakers aim to set the budget, respond to COVID, tackle education gaps and redistricting this year.
State leaders are trying to discern just how much Minnesota will get, and when.
Speaker Melissa Hortman says she doesn't foresee "any set of facts" where the Minnesota House would vote to end powers.
Southern Minnesota Republican has been fighting cancer; wife Jennifer Carnahan calls surgery success.
The St. Paul DFLer is stepping into one of the State Capitol's most powerful jobs.
Fitness studios and gyms will be able to reopen at lower capacity, and bars and restaurants may resume only outdoor service.
In unprecedented election, 10 gather Monday to cast state's votes for Biden.
The state of Minnesota launched a blue ribbon commission last year with a big goal: Find $100 million of savings in health and human services…
Democrats said a deal is contingent on additional unemployment benefits.
Minnesota counties, cities and towns got $1.1 billion from the CARES Act. Now they are navigating a spike in virus cases and another wave of business closures just as funds are running out.
A $1.3 billion shortfall is forecast for the next budget cycle.
While picture has brightened, questions cloud future new finance chiefs try to see.
Annie Santos headed to the store for some emergency supplies after a distressing message from her children’s school. “We just got the e-mail from school…
Senate majority leader says he "personally will apply lessons from this episode to inform future decisions" while DFL leader says Republicans didn't take situation "seriously."
Minnesota DFL legislators are demanding more transparency from Republican senators who held large indoor gatherings that may have contributed to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Capitol.
In the sixth special session this year, legislators played political chess as Republicans tried to protect their one-seat hold on the Senate next year if Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet.
Milestone met in suburbs, but amid the pandemic, "there's more work to be done."
Prominent Minnesota Republican leaders joined President Donald Trump in questioning the results of an election that remained too close to call Friday, some raising unsupported…
In two pivotal races for control of the Minnesota Senate, candidates running under the pro-marijuana banner pulled in thousands of votes despite largely invisible campaigns.…
She had 9,386 more votes than challenger Tyler Kistner on Thursday.
A deceased Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate attracted significant votes.
He won over voters by highlighting his bipartisan credentials, defeating political newcomer Kendall Qualls.
The swing district race has been clouded by legal confusion.
Longtime Fourth District U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum easily secured an 11th term in Congress, where she is positioned for an increasingly prominent role on the…
The national spotlight on Omar has prompted people to spend heavily on the Fifth District's primary and general elections.
Gov. Tim Walz and three predecessors shoot ad asking for "decency," patience after election.
The president abided by Walz's limits on crowd size for a scaled-down rally Friday in Rochester.
Trump will be in the Rochester area today; Biden will be in St. Paul.
GOP hopes to provide conservative bulwark; DFL wants full control.
DFL-aligned groups have outspent the GOP so far.
The hernia surgery was successful and minimally invasive, campaign manager Tom Szymanski said. Doctors expect Lewis to be released from the hospital in a couple of days.
The race between U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and newcomer Tyler Kistner was shaping up as a heated but fairly typical swing district battle until September, when it veered into unfamiliar territory.
GOP hopeful Tyler Kistner said he'll take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court to force a special election later.