Walz appoints 15-person economic expansion council

BY: - September 14, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz appointed a 15-person council to develop economic policy proposals and recommendations for spending the state’s remaining COVID-19 relief aid, the governor’s office announced Tuesday. The Governor’s Council on Economic Expansion includes business, labor and nonprofit leaders who will work with local governments, nonprofits, colleges and universities, according to a news release. They’ll […]

POCI caucus expands power with election of López Franzen as Senate DFL leader

BY: - September 14, 2021

Newly elected Senate Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen, DFL-Edina, became the first member of the People of Color and Indigenous caucus to lead a legislative caucus, further expanding the power of a group of lawmakers formed just four years ago.  “It’s about time,” López Franzen, 41, said in her first press conference as leader of […]

Judge orders pause on new use-of-force law for Minnesota police officers

BY: - September 14, 2021

A new Minnesota law creating stricter standards for police use of force has been put on hold until a lawsuit challenging it is resolved.

Agriculture section of reconciliation bill centers on fighting climate change, enhancing research

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Monday finished marking up its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats to farming.  The $66 billion […]

Biden administration plan to cut high drug prices mostly quiet on middlemen

BY: - September 14, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week issued a plan to address high drug prices as part of President Joe Biden’s push to take on anticompetitive practices across the economy. Although it addressed in detail abusive practices by drugmakers, the plan was more superficial about the practices of some of the country’s […]

Sen. Melisa López Franzen elected Senate DFL minority leader, becoming first Latina caucus leader

BY: - September 13, 2021

Sen. Melisa López Franzen of Edina has been elected Senate minority leader, becoming the first Latina to lead the Senate DFL caucus.  Franzen, 41, a third-term senator, is the new face of the caucus and will lead Senate Democratic lawmakers as they navigate redistricting and try to win back a majority in 2022.  She succeeds […]

Prosecutors did not disclose evidence of MPD officers’ past discipline

BY: - September 13, 2021

The defense attorney for Jaleel Stallings said he was not given any disciplinary records of the officers involved in shooting less-lethal rubber bullets at citizens five days after George Floyd’s police killing. 

Amid historic shortage, school bus drivers push for higher wages and unemployment benefits

BY: - September 13, 2021

Unionized school bus drivers say they know how to fix the historic shortage of drivers that’s led to hour-long delays for students: Give drivers higher wages, more hours and access to unemployment benefits. “We need more money. We need more hours. We need these to become real jobs,” said Kelly Gibbons, a former school bus […]

Black students disproportionately referred to law enforcement, report says

BY: - September 13, 2021

Black students and students with disabilities in Minnesota are referred to law enforcement at rates nearly double the statewide average, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. Nationwide, policing in schools disproportionately affects students of color and students with disabilities, CPI found. In Minnesota, 48 students out of every 10,000 were referred […]

Senate DFL to elect new leader following Kent resignation

BY: - September 13, 2021

Senate Democratic-Farmer-Labor senators will elect a new caucus leader Monday night, a little over a week after Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent of Woodbury said she would resign the position and not seek reelection to her Senate seat.  Three lawmakers are vying for the position, which entails being the face of the caucus, fundraising and […]

County attorney opposes release of footage of SWAT team firing 40-mms at citizens

BY: - September 13, 2021

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office is blocking the release of the body-worn camera footage shown at the July trial of a St. Paul man who was acquitted after he shot at a Minneapolis SWAT team in self defense.  But three potential candidates for Hennepin County attorney said they would support releasing the bodycam footage in a case that is emerging as an important test of Minnesota’s open records law. 

Biden to travel to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for 9/11 observances

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — To honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who died 20 years ago on 9/11, President Joe Biden will visit the sites of the terrorist attacks. Biden on Saturday will observe the anniversary in New York City, where hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Center, killing ​​2,753 people. He’ll also visit Shanksville, […]