Briefs

Walz tries to revive talk of ‘Walz checks’; Republicans remain opposed

BY: - June 20, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz tried to revive the possibility of direct payments to taxpayers in an interview with WCCO’s Esme Murphy on Sunday, saying he wants a “15-minute special session” to give individuals about $1,000 and families about $2,000, using half of the state’s budget surplus. Walz, who is seeking re-election this fall, sounded like he […]

No special legislative session, no tax cuts, no extra education spending

BY: - June 16, 2022

Republicans and Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawmakers broke off negotiations Thursday, leaving billions of dollars on the table that will leave school districts scrambling to deal with budget shortfalls, and local governments without public works money to complete important projects. Minnesotans confronting the highest inflation in decades won’t see any direct payments or tax cuts to ease the […]

Biden directs federal agencies to protect LGBTQI+ rights under attack in GOP-led states

BY: - June 15, 2022

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aiming to curtail conversion therapy, expand health care access and promote safe learning for LGBTQI+ people. The order is meant to counter laws in Republican-led states that restrict the rights of LGBTQI+ kids and their families. A senior administration official referenced Texas and Florida as two states […]

Effects of gun violence on kids probed by U.S. Senate committee

BY: - June 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday examined the public health effect gun violence has on children.  “Guns are killing our kids at a devastating rate,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chair of the committee, said in his opening statement. The hearing followed the May 24 mass school shooting in which 19 children and […]

Downtown Minneapolis neighborhood raises money for more police patrols

BY: - June 10, 2022

An upscale downtown Minneapolis neighborhood is raising money to pay the city to do additional police patrols through a city buyback program.

Senate DFL wants action on gun control measures in special session

BY: - June 7, 2022

A group of DFL state senators on Tuesday called on their Republican colleagues to take action on long-stalled gun control legislation in a special session.  In recent weeks, two 18-year-old gunmen using AR-15 style rifles separately killed 10 Black people in Buffalo, N.Y., and 21 elementary school students and teachers in Uvalde, Texas. Senate Democratic […]

Advocates for $15-an-hour federal minimum wage press Biden for a meeting

BY: - June 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign is urging President Joe Biden to meet with low-income workers before the organization’s march on Washington, D.C., on June 18 to advocate for a $15 federal minimum wage. “What we cannot do is be silent anymore,” Rev. William Barber II, the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said during […]

Fourth grader who survived Uvalde school shooting will testify before Congress

BY: - June 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — Survivors of two horrific mass shootings in New York and Texas will appear before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday to relate their experiences with gun violence. The witnesses will include fourth grader Miah Cerrillo of Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two adults were gunned down at Robb Elementary […]

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COVID vaccine for kids under 5 could be available as soon as June 21

BY: - June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to ship out to the states millions of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 in the coming weeks, likely ending months of waiting for parents and caregivers.   White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha said Thursday that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of […]

MPD cops raking in big time overtime could also pump up their pensions

BY: - June 1, 2022

Minneapolis cops who are raking in big time overtime bucks could also plump up their pensions if they’re close to retiring.

Russia says ‘Nyet’ to any more visits from hundreds of members of Congress

BY: - May 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of members of Congress are permanently banned from visiting Russia, in retaliation for passing economic sanctions on the country after it invaded Ukraine in late February. The list includes nearly 1,000 Americans, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, along with celebrities such as actor Morgan Freeman, executives such as Microsoft […]

Court documents could get a lot more expensive 

BY: - May 27, 2022

Reporters, lawyers and the public may have to start paying a lot more for Minnesota court documents since state lawmakers didn’t pass a bill to block the fees, despite bipartisan support for doing so.