What two Minnesota Senate resolutions say about where the parties are, even as Joe Biden is sworn in as president.
A heated media forum Monday with the governor and the four legislative leaders featured a back and forth about the invasion of the U.S. Capitol and whether lawmakers’ rhetoric contributed to it. But it was sometimes hard to distinguish between anger over the attack and frustration over the state’s response to COVID-19.
At stake in the 2020 election is control of the Minnesota Senate — and a role in deciding what congressional and legislative districts will look like for the next decade.
Most polls show majority support for Gov. Tim Walz’s handling of the pandemic. But there are big differences when it comes to how the response is viewed among Twin Cities voters and how it’s seen in the suburbs and Greater Minnesota.
A bill to fund $1.8 billion in public construction projects in Minnesota now appears dead — due to a dispute over Gov. Tim Walz’s use of emergency powers to combat COVID-19.
It’s not as though the DFL-controlled House and GOP-controlled Senate can’t or won’t acknowledge each other’s goals. It’s just that it isn’t going to be a top priority for what will be a unique special session of the Minnesota Legislature.
Starting June 1, bars and restaurants will be able to serve customers outdoors if they adhere to certain restrictions. The state will also allow hair salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors to reopen.
Reactions to the announcement that Minnesota has a $1.33 billion budget surplus offered a preview of the 2020 legislative session.
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.
The new House DFL majority says the new rules are simply to make things more efficient. Republicans say they’re anti-democratic, and anti-transparency.
Beyond paying for social programs with state dollars for now, the governor and his administration is relegated to keeping an eye on things — and to being the sympathizer in chief.
During the annual “Session Priorities” dinner of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, a panel of legislative leaders was asked to give one-word answers to a series of questions by host Tom Hauser.
Reaction to Gov. Mark Dayton’s session-gutting act — vetoing two bills that contained the bulk of the Legislature’s work this year — depended almost exclusively on which political tribe one belonged to.
The disconnect at the Capitol is not so much about political philosophy, but over what even constitutes compromise these days — what “halfway” looks like.
Even issues that seemed to have broad agreement were faltering over details.
Taxes, bonding, and the fallout from a sexual harassment scandal are all expected to be addressed during the upcoming session.
The impasse has left plenty of questions, not only about what led to the latest meltdown but how anything is going to be resolved anytime soon.
There were other complications with the special session, including a disagreement over a bill aimed at blocking local governments from setting their own wage and labor standards.
Under the terms of the deal between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders, legislators now have until 7 a.m. Wednesday to finalize the state budget.
Republicans said the move was necessary to get the bills through the cumbersome legislative process before they run up against their Monday deadline to adjourn the session.