Government & Politics

Minnesota lawmakers hope to codify Indian Child Welfare Act language into state law

BY: - February 7, 2023

A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers are backing a bill aimed at keeping Native American children within the foster care system in Native American homes, as the U.S. Supreme Court appears likely to overturn identical federal rules. The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) established federal minimum standards for the removal of Native American […]

Gov. Walz signs bill mandating 100% carbon-free energy by 2040

BY: - February 7, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday signed a bill mandating Minnesota utilities to transition to carbon-free energy by 2040. The bill requires Minnesota utilities to meet two standards: 100% carbon-free energy by 2040, with incremental deadlines to meet until 2040. And, by 2035, the utilities must show that at least 55% of their energy sales are […]

Can Minnesota reach standards in 100% carbon-free energy by 2040 bill without nuclear?

BY: - February 7, 2023

Minnesota utilities will have to produce all of their electricity from carbon-free sources by 2040 under a bill Gov. Tim Walz plans to sign on Tuesday afternoon.  Nuclear energy, which produced 24% of Minnesota’s electricity in 2021, can count toward that standard but won’t likely be part of the mix for long. One of the […]

Biden in State of the Union speech to call for bipartisan action on fentanyl crisis

BY: - February 7, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday night is expected in his State of the Union address to call on Congress to work with the administration to address in a bipartisan manner the fentanyl crisis, administration officials said on a call with reporters. Biden will call for expanded access to opioid-related addiction treatment and announce […]

Proposed federal rule would lower credit card late fees

BY: - February 7, 2023

As Americans continue to struggle with high credit card rates, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a rule to help lessen some of their financial burden — in the form of lower late fees.  The new rule would limit late fees to $8. Currently credit card companies can charge as high as $41 — […]

White House targets economic development in Central America to reduce migration

BY: - February 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House Monday announced nearly $1 billion in investments to address economic causes of migration in several Central American countries, an effort being spurred by Vice President Kamala Harris. Spread over several years, 10 private companies from Target to Nestlé are pledging $950 million to create economic development in Honduras, El Salvador […]

Bill would help build waste facility to treat PFAS in northeast Minnesota 

BY: - February 6, 2023

A new bill would help spur the development of a lined landfill in northeast Minnesota that proponents say would be able to treat “forever chemicals.”

Minnesota farmers received $1.5 billion in federal payments in 2021

BY: - February 6, 2023

If the USDA subsidies that went to farmers in Marshall County, Minn., were distributed equally to the entire population there in 2021, every man, woman and child would have received a check for $6,000.  Instead, the $54 million in subsidy payments were divvied up among the county’s roughly 1,000 farmers, with the largest receiving hundreds […]

Minnesota House committee furthers four gun control bills

BY: - February 3, 2023

A Minnesota House committee on Friday approved four gun control bills that would mandate safe firearm storage, expand background checks, create a “red flag” law to seize guns from people deemed dangerous, and require gun owners to promptly notify law enforcement if their firearms are stolen. The bills’ passage through the House Public Safety Finance […]

Juneteenth is now a state holiday

BY: - February 3, 2023

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday on Friday.  Juneteenth, or June 19, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans. It marks the day — two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed — that a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they were free. […]

Minnesota Senate passes bill mandating carbon-free energy by 2040; bill heads to Walz’s desk

BY: - February 2, 2023

The Minnesota Senate late Thursday passed a bill that mandates Minnesota utilities transition to carbon-free energy by 2040. The legislation now heads to Gov. Tim Walz, who said he will sign it. The vote was along party lines 34-33, with all Democratic senators in support. Sen. Nick Frentz, a Democrat from North Mankato and the […]

House passes bill to restore voting rights to people released from prison

BY: - February 2, 2023

The Minnesota House passed a bill to restore voting rights to people still on parole or probation. The bill heads to the state Senate for a vote.   “People for years and sometimes decades have no stake, have no investment, have no way to be heard,” said Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon at a press […]