Latest Minnesota state government News

Minnesota House GOP proposes crackdown on child care fraud

Mar. 25, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Republicans have unveiled an extensive proposal to crack down on fraud in the state's Child Care Assistance Program and other public programs. The bill announced Monday comes in response to a recent report by the legislative auditor that found significant fraud within...

Minnesota Senate beefs up internal sexual harassment rules

Mar. 25, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate is now operating under stricter internal rules meant to combat sexual harassment against its members, staff and other people who have business at the Senate. The Senate Rules Committee unanimously adopted the update Monday. The House made similar changes last...

Unemployment inches up in February in Minnesota

Mar. 22, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's unemployment rate increased slightly in February for the second consecutive month as brutal winter weather idled more than 6,000 construction workers. The state Department of Employment and Economic Development says the jobless rate last month was 3.1 percent, inching up from...

Legislative panel debates Walz 70 percent gas tax hike plan

Mar. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature began work in earnest Thursday on Gov. Tim Walz's transportation plan, including his hotly disputed proposal to raise the state's gasoline tax by 70 percent. A House transportation committee gave the Democratic governor's plan its first hearing. Supporters...

Omar rallies support for bill banning gay conversion therapy

Mar. 21, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar has rallied LGBTQ youth in support of a Minnesota bill to ban gay conversion therapy for minors or vulnerable adults. Omar spoke Thursday on the state Capitol steps to a crowd that marched from OutFront Minnesota's seventh annual Youth Summit at Saint Paul College....

Walz turns up heat to keep tax that funds health programs

Mar. 21, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz turned up the heat Thursday on GOP lawmakers to try to prevent the state's 2 percent tax on health care providers from expiring at the end of the year, a revenue stream that helps fund health care for low-income Minnesotans. Speaking at a Capitol rally, the Democratic...

Woman killed in crash days before husband's funeral

Mar. 21, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

DEERWOOD, Minn. (AP) — A woman has died in a crash in Crow Wing County just days before her husband's funeral. The Minnesota State Patrol says a Crosby man crossed the centerline on Highway 6 near Deerwood Wednesday and hit the woman's car head on. Seventy-year-old Barbara Jo Blood died at the scene. The...

Bitter health insurance debate erupts in Minnesota House

Mar. 20, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bitter, partisan debate erupted on the Minnesota House floor Wednesday when Republicans tried to bring up a health care reinsurance bill that House Democrats oppose as a giveaway to the insurance industry. Back in 2017, when Republicans controlled both chambers of the Legislature,...

Minnesota governor sends Guard helicopter, crew to Nebraska

Mar. 20, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has sent Minnesota Army National Guard troops to Nebraska to help with the flood disaster. Walz signed an executive order Thursday in response to Nebraska's request for helicopter support. Minnesota sent one CH-47 Chinook helicopter with 10 personnel to support flood...

Nelson wins House seat in special election

Mar. 20, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Nathan Nelson has won the special election to fill a vacant state House seat in east-central Minnesota. Unofficial returns show Nelson beating Democrat Tim Burkhardt in Tuesday's election for the House District 11B seat. Nelson will fill the seat previously held by Jason...