Democrats are resting their hopes on just two gun bills. But do they have the votes?
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House and Senate leaders also agree on a partial rollback of the state’s tax on Social Security benefits.
DFL Senate leaders say they are mostly aligned with DFL House leaders on the size of the Social Security tax cut.
In November, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service issued a rule to put the northern long-eared bat on the endangered species list.
It was an unusually public last-minute change, and it drew discontent and disappointment from many Democrats.
While the constitutional update is flying somewhat under the radar at the Capitol given a record $17.5 billion surplus, legislation to renew lottery money for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund could be among the more notable policies under consideration this year.
New charging stations in Minnesota, part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program, will be placed along I-94 and I-35 through an agreement between the state and the federal government.
Nuclear has long been controversial among Democrats, many of whom argue that new plants are too expensive and carry pollution risk. But others want to study its future.
Democrats have some significant differences to sort out on climate policy and spending. But they agree on directing cash into a smorgasbord of rebates, tax incentives and grants for climate technology.
Amid PFAS fears, oversimplified warnings could discourage residents from consuming a food central to Ojibwe lifeways.
A recent policy change in Minnesota promotes quick evaluations and care for people with substance use disorders. But because of gaps riddling rural treatment systems nationwide, the promise of swift care isn’t reaching rural Minnesotans.
Under a deal announced Tuesday at the Minnesota Legislature, Xcel said it would increase a yearly payment from $2.5 million to $10 million, a hike that Prairie Island leaders said would bring benefits to the tribe more in line with the tax revenue that nearby local governments like Red Wing get.
Despite setbacks, the mining industry has not given up hopes of establishing a new era of mining in the state to extract nickel, copper, cobalt and perhaps other metals, incentivized by the prospects the United States will need more of these materials to shift to clean energy and a greener economy.
Gov. Tim Walz and some legislators had originally proposed $276 million in state spending on broadband this year.
One bill would significantly boost Local Government Aid, a subsidy that primarily benefits Greater Minnesota.
If the Legislature advances all of the 36 proposals, perhaps one-quarter of Minnesotans could see a local sales tax proposal on their ballots soon.
Republicans held firm in voting against bonding in an effort to advance tax cuts at the Legislature.
Black farmers made up only 1.4% of the nation’s 3.4 million producers, according to the 2017 Census for Agriculture, the latest federal dataset on American farmland demographics.
The proposed eight-member “community board” would vote alongside the MPCA commissioner on permits for things like new dairy farms and mining projects.
Votes from House Republicans in favor of a bonding bill were notable in an era of political gridlock, but Senate Republicans still aren’t on board.