Special Session Adjourns After Minnesota Legislature Passes $48.3 Billion Budget

There will be no general tax increase, and no gas tax hike. But there will be a cut in the income tax rate for middle-income earners while a tax on medical providers will continue.

Mixing Politics and Business: A Breakdown of the Minnesota House by Profession

Breaking down the Minnesota House by profession.

As Lawmakers Take a Holiday Break, Here’s Where Things Stand at the Minnesota Legislature

There are stark differences in philosophy and strategy between the DFL-led House and GOP-run Senate, divisions best illustrated by each side’s omnibus spending and policy bills.

How Big Pharma Became the Biggest Villain of the 2019 Minnesota Legislature

Pharma has become such an inviting target that in a Legislature that can't agree on anything, multiple bills taking on the industry are still alive in both the DFL-controlled House and a GOP-controlled Senate.

Some of MN’s Lowest-Paid Workers, the St. Paul Saints Players, May Become Exempt from Minimum Wage Laws

The St. Paul Saints, the minor league baseball team that plays home games at the heavily public subsidized CHS Field in Lowertown, is 1.2 miles away from the state Capitol.

Walz, Senate Republicans at Odds Over Solution to Affordable Housing Crisis

One proposal, which has bipartisan support, would allow those who donate to affordable housing projects to take a dollar-for-dollar credit off of their state income tax bill.

The Legislature Really Wants to Help and/or Hurt Minnesota Cities Setting Municipal ID Programs

Municipal IDs are aimed at providing identification to people who are unwilling or unable to get state driver’s licenses or IDs, often because they are undocumented immigrants.

‘We’ll Fight for This One’: Gazelka Says Bill Creating Tax Credits for Private School Scholarships is a GOP Priority

The Equity and Opportunity Scholarship Act would allow donations to scholarship foundations to be credited against state income taxes. The foundations would use the money to give private school scholarships to low- and middle-income students.

New Bill Wants to Stop Cities from Setting Their Own Wage, Benefit Rules

Preemption was a more potent issue over the last four years, when Republicans controlled both the House and Senate.

Why Legalizing Sports Betting (Still) Faces Such Long Odds at the Legislature This Year

A Senate bill to partially legalize sports books in Minnesota narrowly passed out of its first committee Thursday, but the Senate majority leader isn’t keen on the idea, and the state’s 11 Native American tribes are opposed.

‘We’re Estranged from One Another’: All Five Major MN Governor Candidates Make Their Primary Pitch

FarmFest was the first (and likely only) time that Jeff Johnson, Tim Pawlenty, Erin Murphy, Lori Swanson and Tim Walz would be together on the same stage.

Fifth District DFL Candidates Agree on Almost Every Policy Issue. So How Should Residents Vote?

No race to the left is playing out among the primary field: the leading candidates are all already there.

Everything You Need to Know About the Twin Cities’ Rental Electric Scooters

MinnPost answers your most pressing questions.

Paul Ryan to Visit Best Buy HQ on Monday

Rep. Erik Paulsen will also attend the event with Best Buy employees.

Lawsuit: MN Officials Sidestepped Public Disclosure Laws with Amazon HQ2 Bid

The suit alleges state officials and Greater MSP used a cloud-based file-sharing site to hold materials — including the bid itself — in order to get around Minnesota's Data Practices Act.

Could a Candidate Win a Statewide Election While Ignoring Greater Minnesota? It’s Very Doable, Data Suggests

Hillary Clinton “lost all but nine counties, but managed to win the state,” says Jeff Blodgett, a longtime DFL operative. “To me, that’s a lesson in really where the votes are.”

Does Trump’s Duluth Rally Reflect Economic, Cultural Shifts Occurring in the Range?

More and more Range residents have been crediting Trump for any boost the mining industry has recently received.

MAK is Back: Can Margaret Anderson Kelliher Win Over Today’s DFL After an 8-Year Absence?

Anderson Kelliher was Speaker of the Minnesota House for four years but dropped off the political map after falling short in her 2010 bid for governor.

Why Running Mates Won't Decide Minnesota’s 2018 Election, But Suburban Women Will

Assorted wisdom from two veteran political consultants — one Democrat, one Republican — speaking at the Minnesota Chamber's Women in Business gathering Wednesday.

Sen. Tina Smith’s PolyMet Amendment: Corporate Welfare? Pandering? Or Just a Reasonable Deal?

Smith’s attempting to walk a fine line on mining in northern Minnesota. Her critics aren’t having it.

A Risky Bid: Keith Ellison is Leaving a Safe Seat in Congress to be MN’s Attorney General, But Why?

At the heart of Ellison’s decision: Where he can best counter the Trump administration.

More Women (and Men, Too) are Running for the Minnesota House in 2018

The proportion of candidates for the Minnesota House who are women inched up one percentage point versus 2016.

Why the $25M MN Schools Received to Improve 'Facility Security’ May Do Little to Make Students More Secure

The money will be available for things like bullet-proof glass, metal detectors and security cameras — but not to fund any type of personnel, whether it's school police officers or psychologists.

The 2018 Session of the MN Legislature Was a Failure. But Whose Failure Was It?

Reaction to Gov. Mark Dayton’s session-gutting act — vetoing two bills that contained the bulk of the Legislature's work this year — depended almost exclusively on which political tribe one belonged to.

Tax Measure Veto, Bonding Bill Failure Upend Legislative Session Five Days Before It Ends

Optimism has been replaced by a darker mood at the Capitol, one that speaks to a realization that time is running out to get anything substantive done this session.

The Fight Has Already Begun in the Legislature Over How Political Districts will be Drawn in 2021

Apparently, there’s no time like the present to start thinking, and fighting, about the process.

With a Long List of To-Dos and Not Much Time, What Can the MN Legislature Get Done This Session?

Facing a May 21 deadline, Republicans in control of the House and Senate are scrambling to get several key proposals to the governor’s desk.

Who Pays, Who Saves Under the Three Tax Plans Proposed at the MN Legislature

In shaping their plans, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders have applied their own political philosophies on who should pay more or less, resulting in dramatically different proposals.

Why Talks of a ‘Benefits Cliff’ are Permeating Throughout Higher Minimum Wage Discussions

As St. Paul prepares to create its own minimum wage, the City Council wants to know: What are the impacts of a higher wage for those now getting public assistance?

Minnesota House Leaders Unveil Major Changes to Sexual Harassment Policy

The Legislature is exempt from the state’s data practices law, so information about sexual harassment complaints and investigations is not public, and top leaders have been reluctant to release any details.

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