While lawmakers discuss marijuana legalization at the Capitol, the leaders of MN Campaign for Full Legalization and the Minnesota chapter of Smart Approaches to Marijuana will co-host a series of forums around the state.
Republicans, who have a majority in the state Senate, were largely skeptical of the governor’s energy and have already painted it as an unrealistic mandate that would raise energy bills for consumers.
The pro-Republican group filed its campaign finance report 15 days late.
What does the new, lower revenue forecast mean going forward? As with most things at the Minnesota Capitol, the answer to that question depends on whether you’ve got an “R” or a “DFL” attached to your name.
Republicans in Minnesota often focus on the state’s high taxes, while DFLers focus on all the services the state delivers for that money — a divergence was put on display at the Minnesota Capitol this week.
One proposal would set aside $2.5 million for the state demographer to support Census officials and help nongovernmental groups work with those in danger of being undercounted.
The push to address the issue of mental health, in particular, has been infused with a sense of urgency after lawmakers in St. Paul recently learned of two farmer suicides.
A bill to accept federal money for election security was supposed to one of the things that a divided Minnesota Legislature could pass quickly. Instead, the issue known as HAVA has become just something else for Republicans and DFLers to fight over.
DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said there was a move away from putting more money into grants he described as “siloed, carve-out programs,” but instead to “bring the philosophy of equity to all that we do.”
The regional bus system is facing a deficit of more than $53 million over the next two years — and more than $250 million over the next decade, according to state estimates.
The governor had a ready response to any criticism on his decision to go all-in on his funding priorities. He told voters during his campaign he wanted to raise the gas tax and increase spending on key programs — and he won the election.
With the Minnesota Legislature’s reliance on omnibus bills having been roundly criticized during the 2018 campaign, leaders say they want the public to know that they will, in fact, be using such bills again this year. But just the good kind.
Grove, who once worked for YouTube and founded the Google News Lab, moved back to Minnesota from California last year before being picked to lead DEED.
A paid sick and safe time bill introduced at the Legislature has many of the same provisions already adopted in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth.
Plus: What he’s talking about when he talks about a “social permit.”
Last year, fierce pushback from the pharmaceutical industry mattered. This year, it probably won’t.
The decision represents only one aspect of larger fights ahead.
House DFLers have unveiled a “comprehensive plan” to address the fatal disease, which has been found in isolated pockets of Minnesota but has flourished in Wisconsin and Iowa. Republicans have not supported all of the DFL-led legislation, but have also made battling CWD a priority.
The governor and his Department of Commerce had been mulling whether to drop the Dayton administration’s appeal after taking office, but ultimately decided to stay the course after the lawsuit was thrown out last week on a technicality.
After seeing that the parties could use the authority outlined in the bills to veto mainstream candidates, the bills’ chief sponsor in the state Senate said he reconsidered.