Government & Politics

Gov. Walz to consider increasing local government aid after stern criticism from lobbying group

BY: - January 25, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz told a roomful of mayors and city officials Wednesday that he’s open to giving more state money to local governments. His comments came the day after the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities lambasted his budget for being stingy with local government aid. On Tuesday, Walz’s 2024-25 budget proposal and suggestions for using […]

North Dakota officials threaten to sue Minnesota if it passes 2040 clean energy plan

BY: - January 25, 2023

North Dakota’s governor and other top elected officials on Tuesday threatened a lawsuit in a letter to Gov. Tim Walz and other state officials over Minnesota’s potential move away from fossil fuels.   Gov. Doug Burgum urged Walz, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen and legislative leaders to amend the bills currently being considered […]

Takeaways from Gov. Tim Walz’s 2024-25 budget proposal

BY: - January 25, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday proposed a historic budget that gives money to working class and low-income Minnesotans, and invests in a range of government programs aimed at improving education, housing and health and child care. Walz’s budget would give checks to over 2.5 million Minnesotans, provide tax relief to some Social Security recipients, ramp […]

Biden, Democrats to U.S. House Republicans: Show us your debt limit plan

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders huddled with President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday, ahead of what will be a tumultuous few months, with lawmakers sharply divided on the debt limit and short on time.  “I have no intention of letting the Republicans wreck our economy, nor does anybody around this table,” Biden said […]

Lawmakers announce bills that would crack down on ‘forever chemicals’ made by 3M

BY: - January 24, 2023

Minnesota lawmakers announce legislation that would crack down on chemicals made by 3M that have contaminated drinking water for thousands of Minnesotans.

Postal service on-time performance similar in rural, urban areas, report finds

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON – Challenges with the cash-strapped United States Postal Service sent many Americans to their wit’s end during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in communities reliant on the mail for essential goods. Yet despite concerns from members of Congress that recent service changes hit rural communities more than urban centers, a new report from the U.S. […]

Aviation turmoil shifts attention to stalled confirmation of FAA chief

BY: - January 24, 2023

A breakdown in the federal aviation system earlier this month threw a spotlight on the absence of a Senate-confirmed leader of the Federal Aviation Administration, prompting Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to push for the chamber to confirm President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the agency. But key Senate Republicans have raised concerns about that nominee, […]

Minnesota Asian and Pacific Caucus announces anti-hate legislation, advocates for gun control

BY: - January 23, 2023

The Minnesota Asian and Pacific Caucus said Monday that a top priority at the Legislature this year is to address hate and bias incidents against people of color, particularly Asian Americans. The caucus began its Monday press conference with a moment of silence for the victims affected by a mass shooting in California Saturday that […]

Governor proposes $300 million for public safety, $1.5 billion for housing 

BY: - January 23, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz said Monday that his budget proposal will include over $300 million that would go to cities and counties for public safety.

Lawmakers rush to introduce bills cracking down on 3M chemicals so cancer victim can testify

BY: - January 23, 2023

Minnesota lawmakers plan to introduce several bills cracking down on certain chemicals, rushing to hold hearings so that a young Woodbury woman who is dying of cancer can testify. Maplewood-based 3M has made PFAS chemicals since the 1950s, but failed for decades to report to regulators and scientists that they could be toxic to humans, animals and the environment. 

DFL Legislature moving quickly on a range of issues three weeks into session

BY: - January 20, 2023

The DFL-controlled House passed a bill Thursday codifying the right to an abortion into law. It now moves to the Senate. That’s just one policy area where the DFL is moving fast. Some other big bills that moved forward this week: Bill requiring the state’s utilities to generate 100% of electricity from carbon-free sources by […]

U.S. hits debt limit and Treasury Department begins ‘extraordinary measures’

BY: - January 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — The nation reached its debt limit Thursday, beginning the uncertain process known as extraordinary measures, in which the U.S. Treasury Department uses accounting maneuvers to avoid defaulting on the debt.  The often-used practice is intended to give the Republican House, Democratic Senate and Biden administration time to negotiate a bipartisan agreement to raise […]