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The Minnesota Legislative Commission on Affordable Housing got a jump-start on considering ways to tackle housing issues in the 2022 session.
Farmers say aid could help keep people afloat, and time is of the essence.
Attempts to reach a deal after George Floyd's killing by an officer fell apart.
Cities rely on a full resident count for government funding, planning.
For Jeremy Miller, being Senate leader is the latest in a long list of job titles.
A group of lawmakers is deadlocked on who should receive "hero pay."
Many names have been floated as potential candidates, but few senators have formally announced whether they are running.
A key GOP legislator is among those raising vaccine concerns. More than 1 million adults statewide remain unvaccinated.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka announced he is stepping down from his leadership post as he contemplates a run for governor, telling his GOP caucus he wants to "pursue the next chapter."
It may be too early to know if the FDA's blessing will convince the vaccine hesitant that the shots are safe and effective.
In a letter to legislators and colleagues, Nobles wrote that he was confident the good work of the office will continue.
Some prominent Minnesota Democrats stood behind the president's response.
Vaccine hesitancy has waned, but some say they are waiting for reassurance of full regulatory approval
Census shows clusters of growing racial and ethnic populations
Converting momentum into tangible policies and spending often proved difficult in the nation's only divided Legislature, where lawmakers disagree on how best to tackle disparities and just the word "equity" can spark disputes.
Neil Shah, a dermatologist from North Oaks, has joined the battle for the GOP nomination in the 2022 Minnesota governor's race."I am determined to save…
The 2020 count found the state's white non-Hispanic population declined slightly. The state's nonwhite population is driving Minnesota's overall population growth and these shifts are even more pronounced in the metro.
Proposed bill follows Star Tribune report examining zoning restrictions.
Local governments are weighing how to spend $2.1B in federal money.
Gov. Tim Walz says federal aid is coming and he hopes for supplement from state.
The investigator will look into how the Senate handled a former staffer's complaints.
State leaders recently passed an eviction moratorium phaseout.
In dozens of instances over the past two years, companies contracting with the state did not employ a single woman or person of color as part of their construction team.
The governor would need to once again declare a peacetime emergency to impose a mask rule or other mandates — a move that would draw sharp condemnation from some lawmakers.
DFL legislators say they still need to pass a law to fully ban the practice.
Traffic stop video released of Rep. John Thompson's alleged racial profiling
Changes affect law enforcement bill, lobbying by legislators and State Office Building renovations.
The chamber was set to review Laura Bishop's confirmation in a hearing Tuesday.
Facing dire predictions a year ago, lawmakers approved a $52 billion state budget for the next two years, the largest in state history.
From taxes to school funding to police reform, here's what the Legislature did — or didn't — accomplish.
Lawmakers had just hours to spare before a midnight deadline as they approved a massive spending package to support K-12 education. They later approved a tax relief package that included nearly $1 billion in tax cuts.
In special session, the divided Legislature must finish a two-year state budget and agree on other key policy issues.
House passes public safety and judiciary bill, but shutdown nears entering final day.
Walz said he would use $15 million in COVID-19 relief money to pay for community violence prevention grants, increase data sharing from the state's police licensing board and order state-level law enforcement agencies to share footage of deadly police encounters with relatives of those killed within five days.
New regulations on no-knock warrants and confidential informants, and updated expectations on the use of mental health crisis teams are included. But many of the more controversial proposed policing changes were left out.
Education, health and human services measures also move forward as deadline nears.
State leaders say health and human services bill will help families and children hit hardest by pandemic
GOP lawmakers have raised concerns with the bill that makes up roughly a third of state spending.
More than a month is needed for an orderly transition, state officials said.
However, legislators agreed on additional security requirements for absentee ballot drop boxes.
The agreement also spends $1.2 billion more on the state's classrooms over the next four years, aiming to stave off teacher layoffs triggered by the pandemic.
Delayed tax filings contributed to the flood of revenue last month.
As special session looms, a deal on how to end eviction moratorium is a top priority.
Bar owners, charities oppose changes to the electronic games.
Lawmakers need to pass a new budget before July 1 to prevent a shutdown and are behind schedule as they race to beat the clock. Meanwhile, the expenses that come with closing down state government already are starting to add up.
State officials are preparing to reopen the building for the first time since they blocked public access in March 2020, as COVID-19 spread across the state. A couple of months later, they quickly added the temporary fencing amid fears the building would be damaged during protests.
Since leaders adjourned the regular legislative session on May 17, legislators have retreated to daily conversations behind the scenes ahead of an expected mid-June special session to finish the work.
Minnesota lawmakers have 120 days over two years to do their work each biennium. For DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman, that's no longer enough.She said…
About 20,000 people have applied for help so far, yet only 200 have gotten aid.
U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border Friday, saying on Twitter he went to "see the southern border crisis firsthand."He is one of…
Minnesota could become one of the few Midwest states where abortion is protected if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Legislators will still need to come back in special session to pass a budget.
Contractors defended their COVID-19 outreach work as GOP questions use of federal dollars.
Leaders have yet to agree on big picture budget numbers, a step they had hoped to achieve last week. That makes the chances of an on-time finish before the May 17 adjournment deadline increasingly slim.
Minnesota governments are expected to get nearly $5 billion in state and local help.
The money Minnesota is anticipating from the federal government is a "huge wild card" in the next budget, Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent said.
The delay risks pushing crucial work into an overtime special session.
State, local leaders among growing number debating how to end dependence on criminal justice system fees and surcharges.
Clashes over Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic were a frequent theme as last year's legislative session negotiations drew to a…
Legislators are still hashing out how to end the state's eviction moratorium.
Bars and charities say changes would hurt at a critical time.
Family members urged Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
Gov. Tim Walz is marshaling law enforcement help from other states and asking the Legislature for more funding as the state juggles the conclusion of the Derek Chauvin trial and tensions over the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.
Legislators say the state's bonding negotiations cannot be tied to the American Jobs Plan.
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.
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…