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.
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.
The motivation behind two bills debated this week at the Legislature is the same: to have some funding for programs if the state government ever shuts down again.
Among other things, some lawmakers want to set up a system that would funnel money into preventive measures — by imposing a fee on the pharmaceutical companies that sell opioids.
Ted Matthews might have the toughest job in the state of Minnesota.
The speech was shorter and more personal than his previous addresses, and he used it to both look back at his time as governor and describe where he sees Minnesota going after he’s gone.
A once-projected shortfall transformed into a $329 million surplus in Wednesday's updated forecast. The problem? Everyone expected that number to be much bigger.
State lawmakers try to find a meaningful way to deal with an issue that has been unaddressed for decades - in a place where relationships are often marked by vast power imbalances.
Taxes, bonding, and the fallout from a sexual harassment scandal are all expected to be addressed during the upcoming session.
The forecast was released at an already complicated time. The relationship between Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders remains rocky, and lawmakers are facing a short session at the start of a major election year.
In going after Amazon's HQ2, Dayton has displayed a level of reticence that is at odds with his long history of courting companies to Minnesota.
Minnesota took action in the months after the collapse. But exactly one decade later, St. Paul is back to gridlock on the infrastructure debate.
There are several reasons why Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans is concerned about the state budget. The biggest one: What, exactly, will the federal government do?
Taxes, booze and plastic bags: Messy as it was, lawmakers finished their work by early Friday, likely avoiding a state government shutdown.
Under the terms of the deal between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders, legislators now have until 7 a.m. Wednesday to finalize the state budget.
Now that Gov. Dayton has signed the bill into law, It’s probably safe to start booking flights for 2018.
Republicans' budget proposals represent a desire to halt what they call a “stunning” increase in the growth of state agencies over the last decade.
Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders have found agreement on a handful of major issues so far. But things are about to get a lot tougher.
The committee vote is a just a small slice of what’s happening across the Legislature: Onetime ‘no’ votes are slowly shifting to ‘yes,’ and new lawmakers are more inclined to repeal the ban.
In all, there will be 21 new state senators and 23 new House members in the 201-seat Legislature when the 2017 session convenes — more than enough votes to swing the issue.
GOP Rep. Tim Kelly thought he had a workable plan to solve Minnesota's long-term transportation-funding crisis. So why didn't it even come up for a vote?
The governor also said he won't hold a $300 million budget proposal and a $260 million tax cut bill “hostage” to any special session negotiations.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the policy — and politics — of Minnesota's vehicle tab fees.
Taking shots at the other side's math is a long-held tradition in St. Paul. Yet the difference in the numbers being bandied about on taxes, transportation and bonding hint at a formidable problem for lawmakers.
The governor has proposed spending $46 million in his supplemental budget bill to improve cybersecurity for state agencies—more than he's proposed for the courts or corrections.
Chamber head Doug Loon has teamed up with labor unions and other business groups to push for a transportation funding compromise at the Capitol.
After making several changes to Minnesota's liquor laws last year, the Legislature is expected to focus on other issues during an abbreviated 2016 session.
The ballot question would ask voters if tax money currently collected on the sale of auto repairs and replacement parts should be dedicated to roads and bridges.
And what does "repelling invasions" have to do with it?
With federal funding on the line, many Republican lawmakers remain skeptical of directing more state money toward metro transit projects.
Addressing the needs of Greater Minnesota was supposed to be a priority this year. But groups representing rural parts of the state are giving the 2015 session an incomplete.
Meanwhile, back at the Capitol, a lack of progress has caused some lawmakers to raise the specter of an overtime session this year.
Once home to one of the country’s leading film incentive programs, Minnesota’s Film and TV Board is facing the prospect of not existing at all.
Republicans say “efficiencies” could go a long way toward paying for needed road and bridge improvements in Minnesota. What does that mean — and how would it work?
But the effort garnered more debate and votes than it has ever before — while it failed on a 35-to-28 vote, just year ago the same vote was 44 to 22.
Everything you wanted to know about why lawmakers won't pass a measure supported by a large majority of Minnesotans.
The process for funding state government every two years involves a bunch of deadlines, myriad requirements — and some big consequences if it all goes awry. Here's how it works.
Even those who most-passionately opposed the measure are talking about tweaking, not repealing, the new law.
There is some common ground between House and Senate leaders on rural Minnesota, but sharp differences on taxes and education
From MNsure to the Senate office building, these stories played an outsized role in defining Minnesota state politics in 2014.
“This is greatly improved territory, but there’s always going to be challenges,” said Gov. Mark Dayton. “There will be plenty of ideas for use of this money.”
The latest effort to peel back the state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales will focus on passing legislation that would allow local governments to decide if stores can sell booze on Sunday.
From ballooning infrastructure costs to a controversial sex offender treatment program, the governor will face big issues if he's re-elected to office.
Enrollees can stick with PreferredOne when it makes its exit from MNsure, but they won’t be eligible to receive any federal tax credits they qualified for when they were enrolled through the exchange.
Though many of Johnson's positions are unsurprising for a GOP nominee for governor, he breaks from the standard Republican line on a handful of issues, according to analysis from MinnPost's public affairs reporter.
Decision sidesteps any concern about the new stadium being run by AEG, which is tied to conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz.
With the support of labor unions like AFSCME Council 5, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, and more than 150 other organizations, MoveMN pushed a nearly $750 million annual package funded by a three-quarter cent metro sales tax and 5 percent wholesale gas tax.
Looking at how much the average Minnesotan will notice the results of the unsession.
Public polling shows Minnesotans support Sunday liquor sales with more than 60 percent support.
House Capital Investment Chairwoman Alice Hausman has introduced a $125 million proposal that pays cash for a handful of construction projects out of the state’s $1.2 billion surplus.
The $14 million provision included in Governor Mark Dayton’s budget funds the equivalent of about 218 full-time employees in the Department of Human Services.
At the crux of the delay in passing an increase is the question of whether to index a new, higher wage to inflation.
From private businesses to law enforcement and state agencies, lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen bills this year to curtail growing concerns over surveillance and personal data privacy.
Minneapolis finance officials estimate city restaurants, like MASA, left, lost $1.7 million in dining revenues for the season.
South Lake Minnetonka Police Department Chief Bryan Litsey: "You feel like you are being penalized for doing what you are asked during the downturn of the economy."
The Senate DFL caucus doesn't have to admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, but DFL leaders said they were glad to put the issue behind them.