It appears that two of the DFL’s key priorities could be the casualties of politics and the last-minute rush to finalize the state budget.
The party will continue Tuesday with the governor’s signature and a follow-up outdoor musical celebration in St. Paul.
The agreement calls for $2 billion in new tax revenue, but many of the details remain to be worked out.
Monday’s Senate vote is the next step in making Minnesota the 12th state to approve same-sex marriage.
Supporters waited hopefully — joyfully — for an event many thought never would happen.
The measure, which would allow “no excuses” absentee voting, appears likely to earn the bipartisan support Dayton requires.
“I just don’t see how that’s productive,” the House speaker said of forcing a vote on a bill that won’t pass.
Opponents disagree. They also claim that a similar New York law caused problems for those whose religious beliefs oppose same-sex marriage.
They called for a vote on the issue regardless of its chances for passage or potential political consequences for lawmakers.
The exchange will help individuals and small businesses shop for health insurance and compare coverage.
In the process, Republicans criticized the tax hikes for hitting lower- and middle-income Minnesotans, as well as upper-income taxpayers.
One bill, signed into law in mid-April, closes a loophole involving loan modifications. The other deals with debt settlements.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk acknowledges that a bonding bill may prove difficult to pass this session.
The proposals calls for $1.8 billion in tax increases and a partial overhaul of the state’s sales tax system.
Controversy surrounds the Legacy bill, with disagreement over citizen recommendations for project funding — and the appropriation process.
The measure, passed by Minnesota Senate, would delay such questions until the interview — or later in the hiring process.
By the end of April, he must appoint six members to the board, which will oversee Minnesota’s online marketplace for health insurance.
The company has since been identified as Baxter International, a biopharmaceutical firm.
Here’s a progress report on legislators’ work and a look at where thing stand on some of the session’s biggest and most controversial bills.
Under the Senate education proposal, “there are no losers this biennium,” said one observer.