Roughly 67 percent of Minnesotans age 16 and older are at least partially vaccinated.
In conjunction with the deal, Minnesota lawmakers approved almost $30 million to cover the share of the money owed by local governments along the pipeline routes.
Working until 2 a.m. Wednesday, the House and Senate completed 11 of the 13 omnibus spending bills that will fund government for the next two years, including a compromise public safety bill that contains a handful of new police accountability and criminal justice reform measures.
Notably, the bill does not limit traffic stops for offenses like expired car tabs or a broken tail light.
MDH says 51.2 percent of Minnesota’s population, including 62.8 percent of people age 16 and older, are fully vaccinated.
Lawmakers have now agreed to 12 of the 13 bills that will likely make up Minnesota’s $52 billion state budget. The one thing left to wrap up: the bill tied to public safety, corrections and the judiciary.
Included in a bill negotiated between the DFL-led House and the GOP-majority Senate, the change has the potential to draw blowback from the federal government.
Roughly 54.5 percent of the state population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
A bill negotiated between the Republican-led Senate and the DFL-majority House says the plant won’t have to complete an extensive Environmental Impact Statement normally required for projects of its size.
The state has reported an average of just 4,769 people per day who got their first shot of a vaccine in the last week.
MDH says 2,715,622 Minnesotans, roughly 48.8 percent of the population, have completed a vaccine series. About 60.8 percent of state residents are fully vaccinated.
Though more law enforcement agencies have adopted the use of body cameras in the last few years, there are still a “significant amount” of departments in the state that don’t use them due to cost concerns.
A look at where two newly minted independents in the Minnesota Senate — Tom Bakk and David Tomassoni — ended up on key issues.
After a stretch of increased vaccinations, Minnesota has reported fewer than 5,000 first shots given for three days in a row.
As the company restarted construction this week, opponents of the project geared up for a wave of larger demonstrations aimed at slowing or stopping the pipeline.
The Minnesota Department of Health also reported that Black and Latino Minnesotans have seen some of the highest increases in vaccination rates over the last week of available data, though they still lag behind white residents.
The funding would be the largest infusion of money into the program since it began. And it’s possible lawmakers could spend even more.
Officials say the only thing that could keep some local governments in the 13 affected counties out of bankruptcy is the Legislature.