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.
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.
Of data dashboards and summative simplifications.
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.
One proposal, which has bipartisan support, would allow those who donate to affordable housing projects to take a dollar-for-dollar credit off of their state income tax bill.
Republicans weren’t exactly keen on the DFL’s priority on child care — expanding CCAP — before the audit, and the report has heightened their opposition.
Municipal IDs are aimed at providing identification to people who are unwilling or unable to get state driver’s licenses or IDs, often because they are undocumented immigrants.
The Equity and Opportunity Scholarship Act would allow donations to scholarship foundations to be credited against state income taxes. The foundations would use the money to give private school scholarships to low- and middle-income students.
The bill attempts to resolve a campaign finance disclosure gap illustrated most recently by an effort in 2017 by the group Minneapolis Works on behalf of several incumbent Minneapolis city council members.
Fraud, dysfunction, failed policies and subpoenas all made their way into the report. What didn’t? Any evidence of a connection between Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program and funding for the al-Shabab terrorist organization.
The formulas that determine how aid is distributed have become “outdated and upside-down,” says Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino-Lakes.
Few issues divide DFLers and Republicans at the Minnesota Legislature these days more than the push to allow convicted felons the right to vote once they are no longer incarcerated.
Now that the U.S. economy is approaching its longest-ever expansion, the onetime co-chairs of the poverty panel want to renew their efforts.
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.
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.
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.