Electric vehicles charge ahead in statehouses

BY: - January 25, 2022

Automakers are planning to put nearly 1 million new electric vehicles on American roads in 2022. Lawmakers are trying to make sure their states are ready. “We will see a lot more emphasis on electric vehicles in 2022 and 2023,” said Dylan McDowell, deputy director of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, a collaborative forum […]

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 […]

Actions of three officers present at George Floyd’s killing scrutinized in federal trial opening

BY: - January 24, 2022

Federal prosecutors in St. Paul said Monday that ex-Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane had a lawful duty to step in and stop their superior officer, Derek Chauvin, when he knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, eventually killing him. Special Litigation Counsel Samantha Trepel of the […]

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, […]

More calls for Hennepin County Sheriff Hutchinson to resign

BY: - January 21, 2022

A growing number of state lawmakers are calling on Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson to resign a day after the Minnesota State Patrol made public investigative materials saying that Hutchinson was driving more than 120 miles per hour seconds before his Dec. 8 DWI crash.  On Friday, state Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, who served four […]

Restaurants sue Minneapolis over requirement that customers have COVID-19 vaccine or negative test

BY: - January 21, 2022

Seven businesses filed suit against the city of Minneapolis and Mayor Jacob Frey on Thursday over a new rule requiring customers to show proof they have received a full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or tested negative for the virus within 72 hours before entering bars and restaurants. The rule went into effect on Wednesday […]

Xcel’s long-range plan faces pushback over role of fossil peaking plants

BY: - January 21, 2022

Xcel Energy’s proposal to potentially build two new natural gas peaking plants has become a key point of contention in the utility’s long-term resource plan currently before Minnesota utility regulators. The two natural gas combustion turbine plants are part of Xcel’s integrated resource plan, a document utilities must submit every few years to the Minnesota […]

Expansion in Gulf of Mexico drilling splits U.S. House panel along party lines

BY: - January 21, 2022

As the Biden administration’s move to scrap new oil and gas leases remains in unsettled legal territory, Democrats and Republicans on a U.S. House panel sharply disagreed about the merits of new energy development in the Gulf of Mexico. Democrats on the House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, including Chairman Alan Lowenthal of […]

Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

BY: - January 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, including the […]

Minnesota’s jobless rate is lowest since 2019, but economic recovery remains uneven

BY: - January 20, 2022

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 3.1% in December, compared to 3.3% the month before, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Thursday.  That is Minnesota’s lowest unemployment rate since 2019. The decline in the unemployment rate last month was caused by job-seekers getting hired, according to DEED; at other points in the pandemic, […]

An hour before DWI crash, Hennepin County sheriff called for a ride to a bar

BY: - January 20, 2022

An hour before he crashed his county-owned vehicle, Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson called an Alexandria cab driver asking whether any bars were still open, according to investigative audio released Thursday by the Minnesota State Patrol.  The trove of released material  also contained new information, including that Hutchinson was driving more than 120 miles per […]

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, […]