Minnesota is one of 10 states that owes the feds money for covering payments made out of its unemployment insurance trust fund.
Both Jeremy Miller and Melisa López Franzen have touted their membership in the Purple Caucus, a loose organization of lawmakers who wanted to counter partisanship in St. Paul.
The GOP endorsement has become a must-win for statewide Republican candidates in Minnesota.
A MinnPost poll found a sharp divide between Republicans and most Minnesota voters on several issues.
So far, Minnesota state and local governments have distributed just 13 percent of the $375 million in federal money for rental assistance it received in December.
“Nobody likes the idea of a fence,” said Col. Matt Langer, the head of the Minnesota State Patrol. “I don’t anticipate the fence being up and down and up and down. But I can’t also predict the future.”
The controversy over former GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan highlighted political parties’ unique status in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry says 96 percent of COVID-19 infected workers covered under the new law had their workers’ compensation claim accepted. Those who didn’t qualify saw their claim denied 72 percent of the time.
Builders and developers have pushed back on the idea, questioning whether the city should be in the business of deciding which materials — and how much of them — they can use.
The number of frontline workers eligible for the money could range from 250,000 to 1,000,000 — or more. But the more people on the list, the smaller each check will be.
A law passed in 2017 was aimed at increasing the supply of condos and townhomes. But it also required developers, and condo associations, to fund upkeep of the buildings.
Rep. Esther Agbaje said the seemingly ubiquitous buildings are often used by people in desperate situations.
If the pending settlements are approved, current fees on drug-makers and distributors — worth around $20 million a year to Minnesota — would likely be all-but canceled under the terms of a bill passed by the Legislature in 2019.
Rep. Rena Moran said she thought the DFL “did pretty darn good” on equity issues in 2021 considering the Minnesota Legislature divides power between a DFL-controlled House and a GOP-controlled Senate.
The state’s new tax credit for TV and film productions will cost taxpayers $5 million a year over the next four years.
In just the last three months of the 2020-21 two-year state budget — April, May and June — collections were 28.7 percent, or $2.12 billion, more than was expected in February.
The three people who are deciding who will be part of the group coming up with a plan — Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Gov. Tim Walz and House Speaker Melissa Hortman — have their own ideas about who should qualify for the money.
Unlike other Walz appointees left unconfirmed at the Legislature’s adjournment Wednesday, Ho was not given any assurance that what several DFL senators referred to as a Sword of Damocles wasn’t still dangling overhead.
The Republican-controlled Senate is scrutinizing Gov. Tim Walz’s appointees in a continuation of the special legislative session.