The COVID spending package will help People Incorporated fund its behavioral and mental health services for three years.
One reason for the lack of action is anti-gambling sentiment among some legislators. Another is opposition from Minnesota’s tribal nations.
Plus: re-opened elementary schools in Minnesota to use first-of-its-kind testing program; home-care worker union members to vote on a tentative contract agreement; Minneapolis venture-capital firm to focus on Black, Latino and Native entrepreneurs; and more.
The most recent data shows that 184,943 Minnesotans have had at least one dose of vaccine, and 35,800 have received two doses.
Plus: MyPillow CEO’s notes from Trump meeting refer to ‘martial law if necessary’; Minneapolis council takes first steps toward ballot question on replacing police department; U of M to pause accepting new students into some doctoral degree programs; and more.
Plus: lawmakers consider restrictions on copper-nickel mining; four U regent seats up for election; State Fair cautiously plans 2021 return; and more.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called this “the most egregious thing” the federal government has yet done in what he called a botched pandemic response.
Since both the Minnesota House and Senate began allowing lawmakers to vote remotely, being “present” doesn’t require the 201 members to be, well, present.
An unemployment benefit bump makes up the largest amount of money, though there is also funds for rental assistance, public schools, higher education, child care, COVID testing, vaccination programs, transit and highways.
Minnesota’s delegation splits on impeachment vote; Klobuchar prepares to take the lead on Capitol riot investigation; and the feds tell Minnesota to expand COVID-19 vaccinations.
Plus: storm to bring whiteouts and hazardous travel to much of southern Minnesota Friday; state not on track to meet goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; several Minneapolis Council members push for rent control; and more.
The announcement did not signal the beginning of mass vaccination for Minnesotans in that age group, though, and was limited to extra vaccine doses providers may have on hand.
Plus: lawmakers call on Walz administration to speed up vaccinations; officials say Minnesota Capitol is safe, but ask people to avoid unnecessary trips there; Southwest Light Rail delayed; and more.
Minnesotans may have noticed friends and relatives in other states are already getting shots, while eligibility is still limited to a small group of people in the North Star state.
The move, which comes out of a court settlement with Northern Metals, is specifically designed to address the disparate impact of lead poisoning on people of color in the city.
Some experts support giving a single vaccine dose to as many people as possible, while others want to vaccinate according to the protocol used during the clinical trials.
Plus: Minnesota’s U.S. House delegation splits along party lines in vote to impeach Trump second time; several inches of snow likely Thursday; Champlin Police ask residents to stop having sex in busy parking lots; and more.
Minnesota’s seven-day positive case average continues to be well above a threshold that health officials say is a concerning sign of disease spread.
Plus: Eau Claire man arrested for participating in the U.S. Capitol riot; Walz extends peacetime state of emergency; Target to close again on Thanksgiving; Dan Wilson sells his song catalog; and more.
Running for the Ward 10 council seat, Gibson’s top priorities are housing and public safety.