At its meeting Wednesday, charter commissioners said they want the line-drawing to be finished by April 2022, or roughly a year after federal authorities release 2020 census data.
What was supposed to be a meeting on Wednesday to consider responses to increased crime on Metro Transit’s light rail lines dissolved into an argument over who should be the chair of the joint commission that oversees the Met Council.
Last month, MinnPost reported on the state’s exception to a statute prohibiting public and private employers from inquiring about criminal history before an applicant has been selected for an interview or received a conditional employment offer.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel and Minnesota’s State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra are asking the state to address a backlog of maintenance projects on campuses in both systems that’s grown to $7.1 billion over the last decade.
The explanations offered by both Democrats and Republicans have to do with the pharmaceutical industry.
House DFLers and Senate Republicans have promised to try to compromise on energy policy this year. But key leaders remain sharply divided and appear pessimistic about finding common ground.
The governor’s 2020 proposal for construction projects across the state includes $12.35 million to start work on the final segment of Minneapolis’ 50-mile Grand Rounds trail.
The discussion came amid growing concerns that the emerging technologies threaten privacy and civil liberties.
Gov. Tim Walz has included $200 million for such projects in a proposed $2.6 billion infrastructure spending bill that would pay for an assortment of initiatives across the state.
Why are voters’ party preferences not private? And is anybody trying to do anything about it?
Everyone concedes the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s handling of a water pollution permit for the controversial PolyMet project was far from normal. The big question is whether it was improper.
The 2019 hearing was so expensive for the Minnesota Department of Corrections — and so disruptive to daily operations of Stillwater prison — that the department discouraged a request from legislators to hold additional hearings at other facilities.
“It’s crazy that we’re getting into those questions,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections Paul Schnell. “If we’re in the second-chance business, we need to make sure we’re providing second chances and not excluding people.”
GOP leaders have objected to the price tag, but Walz’s plan is well within the debt guidelines crafted a decade ago by the Office of Management and Budget under the administration of GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Kevin Pierard, who oversaw the permit at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said state officials asked him to submit concerns after a public comment period because, among other things, the critique would “create a good deal of press.”
The Star Tribune and MinnPost argue the public has “inherent interest” in learning about how the case is resolved and that such recordings would provide greater transparency and ensure accurate reporting.
More than 150 people have applied so far for the new 15-member committee created to help the governor create and implement climate change policy.
“We have to assess what the best strategy is for building support for ultimate passage rather than try to rush something through before it is ready,” says DFL House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler. “Or creating a lot of opposition unnecessarily.”
Launched Tuesday, the Reformer is the 15th entry in the States Newsroom network, a national nonprofit based dedicated to in-depth statehouse coverage.
The court’s decision is a setback for the proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes, but it’s far from the only potential problem. PolyMet is facing additional litigation, including a case over a water permit that will go before a district court next week.