“We have to assess what the best strategy is for building support for ultimate passage rather than try to rush something through before it is ready,” says DFL House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler. “Or creating a lot of opposition unnecessarily.”
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 new House DFL majority says the new rules are simply to make things more efficient. Republicans say they’re anti-democratic, and anti-transparency.
Peggy Flanagan’s election speaks to the district’s leanings — no Republican has won there since 2000, and none challenged her this time — but also to her reputation.
Some Minnesota lawmakers are missed more than others around the Capitol. DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler will be one of those whose absence will be noticed.
Legislative efforts are floundering this year — despite an aggressive push after two U.S. Supreme Court rulings allowing major money to influence elections.
They’ve done the heavy lifting on transportation, medical marijuana, heroin overdoses, getting guns from abusers, and cutting the wage gap.
Supporters say governmental discussions should move beyond the hearing room; opponents fear more decisions could be made out of public view.
GOP candidates assert near-total power to suspend automatic pay hikes — and at least one expert agrees.
‘Indexing’ held up the DFL’s push for a higher minimum wage. The ultimate deal hinged on a number of caveats, caps and delays that could cause trouble in the future.
The House-Senate proposal hikes Minnesota’s $6.15 minimum for 360,000 workers, with automatic pay hikes, but some benefits are delayed or capped and a hostile governor can annually kill the hikes.
“I’m emphatically not running — in 2014,” she said. After that? Koch laughed and went about the business of greeting friends who came to watch her debate DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler.
Even in a relatively calm political season, it seems nothing can spark a few flames like a Twitter exchange.
Minnesota hasn’t raised the rate since 2005 and an increase this legislative session is likely. But how much?
Shortly after 2 a.m. today, lawmakers voted along party lines to place the controversial constitutional amendment on the November ballot.
While supporters of the proposed taxpayer-subsidized Vikings stadium and the $700 million bridge over the St. Croix River were celebrating today’s developments, state Rep. Ryan Winkler espoused a contrarian view.
The debate centered on a Republican proposal that would dedicate a portion of the revenue to fund arts programming for Minnesota’s schoolchildren.
The Campaign Finance Board ruled that there was no basis for the complaint.