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.
Of data dashboards and summative simplifications.
Last week, after House DFL leadership announced its decision to put two gun control measures into a larger public safety bill, leaders of the GOP-controlled Senate declared both pieces of legislation were donzo. Unless …
How much money to spend on the initiative will certainly be at issue this year. But the debate about oversight is likely to be just as contentious.
While there were lots of bills proposed this session to liberalize and modernize the state’s rules around beer, wine and liquor, none made it into the annual exercise known as the liquor omnibus bill.
DFL legislators believe trading state funding for a tuition freeze pressures schools to cover rising costs without shifting them to students, says House Speaker Melissa Hortman.
During the speech, Walz returned several times to his central theme: that things don’t have to be this way. “I hope you have come here not to act in someone else’s script. Let’s write a new script,” he said. And later: “We have to write a different story.”
Pharma has become such an inviting target that in a Legislature that can’t agree on anything, multiple bills taking on the industry are still alive in both the DFL-controlled House and a GOP-controlled Senate.