In order for legislative leaders to reach a budget deal this year, they made the appropriations for three different areas dependent on how much extra money came in to the state during the first half of 2019.
In an interview, Jensen sounds off on partisanship, the corrosive effects of power — and the dumb ways decisions are often made at the Minnesota Legislature.
The Walz administration has created a new Capitol fixture: signing ceremonies for bills actually signed long ago.
The 2019 session of the Minnesota Legislature was one of conflicting expectations.
There will be no general tax increase, and no gas tax hike. But there will be a cut in the income tax rate for middle-income earners while a tax on medical providers will continue.
Legislative leaders want a Thursday special session, and they want it done quick. Not so that members can enjoy the Memorial Day holiday, but also because leaders fear they will hear from lobbyists and activists.
Announced Sunday evening, the deal triggers a frantic week — or perhaps longer — for Minnesota lawmakers.
Each hour that passes without a deal makes it more difficult to go through the tasks needed to consider and adopt legislation in time — and increases the possibility that a special session will be necessary.
The bill sets up regulations on Pharmacy Benefit Managers, which serve as a middlemen between drug makers and insurance companies.
In recent days, the legislation’s fee structure — especially how fees on opioid makers would sunset should the state win settlement against the companies — have emerged as the main threat to the bill.
As the federal government prepares to cut wolves from the Endangered Species Act again, the debate over wolf hunting in Minnesota is emerging anew.
DFL leaders continue to expect Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka to meet them somewhere between zero and the billions in tax increases they’ve proposed. Gazelka has refused to do that.
The approach has become so common — if so far unsuccessful — that when someone says “this shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” at the Capitol, it usually means the issue has already become just that.
Several BRT projects are currently on regional leaders’ funding wishlist, but much of what happens with those priorities will depend on what happens at the Legislature.
Critics say the program has disproportionately benefited business and governments — at the expense of the average energy customer.
Meeting in the middle can sometimes resolve policy differences. But it’s rarely helpful in resolving philosophical ones.
The Department of Labor and Industry estimates that 39,000 Minnesota workers aren’t fully paid what they’re owed each year, and labor and social justice advocates have waged a campaign to address the issue.
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.
Approving Minnesota’s allocation of the Help America Vote Act for election security was supposed to be easy. It has been anything but.
The nonprofit collaborative EMERGE and its partners have vigorously denied that there are any major issues with their work.