Government & Politics

DFL, GOP lawmakers announce different COVID precautions for upcoming legislative session

BY: - January 28, 2022

The DFL-led House and Republican-led Senate outlined divergent approaches to how each chamber will work during the upcoming legislative session, which starts Monday. House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, issued a memo Friday saying they will continue to limit public access to the House chamber and lawmakers’ offices.  “Only elected members of the House and […]

3 education issues to watch during the 2022 legislative session

BY: - January 28, 2022

With the pandemic disrupting schools for the third year and a $7.7 billion budget surplus on the table, education is shaping up to be a high-profile topic at the Legislature this spring. In last year’s budget, lawmakers boosted spending for K-12 education and early childhood education by more than $500 million each. Now, education advocates […]

Biden vows to nominate first Black woman to Supreme Court by end of February

BY: - January 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer formally announced his retirement Thursday, giving President Joe Biden his first, and possibly only, opportunity to make a nomination for the lifetime appointment. At the White House, Biden said he will make his decision by the end of February and recommitted to nominating the court’s first Black female […]

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Minneapolis mayor disciplined former police chief Medaria Arradondo for using city resources to oppose public safety proposal

BY: - January 27, 2022

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey reprimanded former Police Chief Medaria Arradondo late last month for holding a press conference to oppose a public safety ballot question just days before the November election where the fate of the embattled police department was on the line.

Investigation into ‘Storm the Capitol’ rally was closed within a week

BY: - January 27, 2022

Last year, the speaker of the Minnesota House promised a broad investigation into a rally at the Capitol in St. Paul where pro-Trump activists lodged violent rhetoric and alleged widespread voter fraud.  But the investigation called for by House Speaker Melissa Hortman petered out within a week, public documents show.

Gov. Walz proposes legalizing marijuana and spending $2.3 billion on health and public safety

BY: - January 26, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan unveiled a sweeping package of health and public safety proposals Wednesday that would cost nearly $2.3 billion over three years. Walz and Flanagan’s supplemental budget recommendations include a slew of policies the governor says will lower crime rates and improve health outcomes. They include creating grants for […]

Senate GOP legislative agenda: Get tougher on crime and cut state taxes

BY: - January 26, 2022

Senate Republicans on Wednesday outlined a broad vision for how they would address rising violent crime, spend the $7.7 billion projected surplus and educate children they say have had their learning disrupted by the pandemic.  “We know crime rates are up, kids are falling behind and record inflation is eating away at family budgets,” said […]

House DFL shares child care, education spending ideas

BY: - January 25, 2022

Democratic state representatives rolled out a multibillion-dollar wish list Tuesday that they say represents what it would take to fully fund Minnesota’s major early childhood and K-12 education programs. With the 2022 legislative session just days away, lawmakers are gearing up for negotiations over how to spend a projected $7.7 billion budget surplus. Leaders of […]

Walz seeks $5.1 billion to expand early learning, child care and enact paid family leave

BY: - January 25, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz unveiled a $5.1 billion proposal to fund schools, expand early learning programs and implement a paid family leave program he says will provide Minnesota students and families more options for pre-kindergarten and keep the state competitive. The plan outlined on Tuesday would be funded with a mix of one-time state general fund […]

House Democrats propose $100 million in public safety funding ahead of 2022 session

BY: - January 24, 2022

A week ahead of the 2022 Legislative session, House Democrats showed a united front on a proposal to boost funding for police, an issue that has often divided them and which Republicans aim to use to win the upcoming midterms. House Democrats unveiled a $100 million package during a Monday news conference that would boost […]

Carlos Mariani still loves and respects the Legislature where he served for more than 30 years

BY: - January 24, 2022

Among the slew of legislative retirements announced in recent months is that of veteran House DFL lawmaker Carlos Mariani of St. Paul. He is serving his 16th term and was first elected in 1990, well before the age of Twitter, where political news and talking points now tend to circulate.  Mariani, who is Puerto Rican, […]

Biden says ‘big chunks’ of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

BY: - January 20, 2022

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit. In a nearly two-hour news conference, […]