Perhaps the idea of residents opening checks from the state government in an election year started sounding better — especially if they’re called something else.
Even though the political action is on the GOP side as the party takes the first steps to select its endorsed candidate for governor, a decision by the state DFL to allow some non-citizens and felons who have completed their sentences to participate has attracted criticism.
A $7.75 billion surplus means there’s plenty of money to go around. But with a divided Legislature and an election on the horizon, finding agreement on how to spend it may be difficult.
A lot of Walz’s proposed spending would be embedded into the state operating budget, obligating the state to spend more in the future to keep those programs in place.
The purpose of U’s “constitutional autonomy” is to create a buffer between the politics of the Legislature and the academic values of the university, says retired U of M law professor Fred Morrison. “It’s that buffer that makes it function.”
Known as the “pass-through entity tax,” law is similar to others passed in at least 22 states — all aimed at helping certain businesses get around an unpopular 2017 change in federal law.
The amendment — which would make it the “paramount duty” of the state to provide all children in Minnesota with a quality public education — will require a majority vote of the state House and Senate to get on the ballot this fall.
It wasn’t all good news Monday. The quarterly update contained a warnings from the state’s macroeconomic consultant — that the November forecast was based on a prediction for the national economy that was too optimistic.
The four proposals would create a similar number of majority-minority and “minority opportunity” districts, even if only one of the plans has the expressed goal of increasing the political clout of Minnesota’s communities of color.
Understanding the permutations of pitches to Minnesota political donors as the end of 2021 approached.
Tuesday’s oral arguments will be the final chance for the groups hoping to influence a special five-judge panel charged with drawing new congressional and legislative districts for Minnesota if (or when) the Legislature fails to agree on a new political map.
Why so much of what elected officials talked about in 2021 — and journalists wrote about in 2021 — didn’t actually come to pass.
How much more? According to Minnesota Management and Budget, the surplus started off at $8.98 billion before some of the money was spent thanks to a series of financial triggers set off when the state brings in excess revenue.
Unlike a majority of states, Minnesota hasn’t dipped into federal American Rescue Plan money to help repay the debt.
A case before the state Supreme Court argues that Minnesota law has no rational basis for denying felons who are no longer in prison or jail the right to vote.
Special sessions require the sort of negotiation and concessions that have been hard to come by for decades in Minnesota.
Zelle, a former state Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner, was appointed Met Council chair just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.