The DFL-controlled House and Gov. Tim Walz back budgets that include significant tax increases, while the GOP-controlled Senate has taken a no-new-taxes stance.
According to Capitol tradition, any changes to state election law must be bipartisan. In government, though, what exactly does that mean?
Making sense of the the Legislature’s various tax proposals.
The DFL and GOP have allocated differing amounts to a program that gives grants to Minnesota schools looking to install solar arrays.
DFL leaders had refused to schedule a joint convention, when all 201 legislators would elect regents, because of disagreement among caucus members about whom to elect.
By changing a single date, from “2019” in the original bill to “2017,” the Senate’s Jobs and Economic Growth omnibus bill would cancel local paid sick leave and minimum wage ordinances.
Minnesota State is in the midst of a big project to upgrade its technological infrastructure. It also needs money to keep the lights on.
Bills related to mining tend to divide lawmakers in ways other environmental proposals don’t.
Approving Minnesota’s allocation of the Help America Vote Act for election security was supposed to be easy. It has been anything but.
One critic of omnibus bills, Sen. John Marty, takes issue with the notion that the reliance on omnibus bills is just business as usual.
The nonprofit collaborative EMERGE and its partners have vigorously denied that there are any major issues with their work.
It’s estimated that a third of Minnesota students are now children of color, and advocates say the lack of teacher diversity impacts outcomes and contributes to achievement gaps between students of color and their white classmates.
The environmental budget proposal isn’t born out of frustration with how state agencies are performing, said Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, who chairs the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee.
Proposals for new education spending range from $206 million to $900 million. Here’s how the House, Senate and governor’s budgets differ on plans for school funding, student mental health, school safety and early education.
A look at different statistics for 17 cultural groups in Minnesota helps illustrate how different residents are doing economically.
Individual income taxes make up about half of all tax revenue for the state of Minnesota, or about $11 billion dollars in 2017.
There are stark differences in philosophy and strategy between the DFL-led House and GOP-run Senate, divisions best illustrated by each side’s omnibus spending and policy bills.
DFLers say their proposed tax plan would provide the resources to make needed investments. Republicans say those funds aren’t resources — they’re taxes. And the money isn’t an investment — it’s just more government spending.
Rep. Ryan Winkler said members of the party have met numerous times and have discussed “six to 10 people that could fill the slots.” But despite attempts, they can’t get everyone on the same page.
The idea for the dumpster bill is to provide a convenient way for hunters to butcher their deer and dispose of the carcass in manner that will lower the risk of spreading prions, the abnormal and self-replicating proteins believed to cause CWD.