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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 […]

Seven facts about abortion in Minnesota

BY: - January 25, 2023

This week the state Senate plans to take up a bill that will codify stronger protections for abortion and other reproductive health care rights into state law. The bill has already passed the House, and is considered a top legislative priority for the new DFL trifecta in St. Paul. Abortion rights are currently protected here […]

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. […]

Police licensing board gets green light on new rules for law enforcement

BY: - January 24, 2023

The chief administrative law judge has approved groundbreaking new rules governing police licensure and conduct proposed by a Minnesota licensing board.  The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, or POST Board, is on its way to being able to take cops off the street for misconduct even if they haven’t been convicted of a crime or disciplined by their police department. 

Trade union confronts high rates of suicide and addiction in construction with free treatment

BY: - January 24, 2023

Construction and mining workers are more likely to die by suicide or of an opioid overdose than workers in any other profession, yet mental health treatment in those male-dominated industries is scarce and often stigmatized. A Minnesota trade union is confronting the problem with a trailblazing program that provides free mental health and chemical dependency […]

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.