Latest Timothy Walz News

Walz makes Juneteenth a holiday; bans hair discrimination

Feb. 03, 2023 17:09 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Juneteeth will become a state holiday in Minnesota, under a bill signed by Gov. Tim Walz on Friday in a state where it's now illegal to discriminate on the basis of hair texture or style. The Democratic governor made Minnesota the 26th state to recognize June...

Minnesota moves toward 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040

Feb. 02, 2023 16:46 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utilities would be obligated to transition to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 to step up the fight against climate change under a bill speeding through the Legislature. The bill was slated for a final vote on the Senate floor Thursday night...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Feb. 01, 2023 19:28 PM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. January 29, 2023. Editorial: Allow gun bans in public spaces St. Paul rec center shooting spotlights the need for change in state law. Following a horrific shooting outside a St. Paul recreation center, Mayor Melvin Carter...

Durenberger, former US senator from Minnesota, dies at 88

Jan. 31, 2023 17:23 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Senator David Durenberger, a Minnesota Republican who espoused a progressive brand of politics and criticized the GOP after his political career, died Tuesday at age 88. Durenberger’s health had declined in recent months, his longtime...

Minnesota governor signs broad abortion rights bill into law

Jan. 31, 2023 16:24 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz enshrined the right to abortion and other reproductive health care into Minnesota statutes Tuesday, signing a bill meant to ensure that the state's existing protections remain in place no matter who sits on future courts. Democratic leaders took...

Court upholds Minnesota 'Clean Car Rule' tied to California

Jan. 30, 2023 18:34 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the state's “Clean Car Rule,” which ties the state's vehicle emission standards to California regulations, as judges accepted assurances that California's planned phaseout of gasoline-powered cars won't automatically apply...

Minnesota Senate backs abortion rights after marathon debate

Jan. 28, 2023 08:35 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate voted early Saturday after a marathon debate to write broad protections for abortion rights into state statutes, which would make it difficult for future courts to roll back. Democratic legislative leaders have fast-tracked the bill as...

Gov. Walz proposes $3.3B for infrastructure across Minnesota

Jan. 26, 2023 18:17 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $3.3 billion public infrastructure package Thursday that would use a combination of borrowing and cash to finance improvements to roads, bridges, water systems, housing and the environment across Minnesota. “The investments in our...

Walz extends unemployment pay for northeast Minnesota miners

Jan. 25, 2023 17:19 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz signed his second bill of the young 2023 legislative session Wednesday, extending unemployment benefits for six months for more than 400 laid-off workers at Northshore Mining. Northshore Mining shut down May 1, and about 450 workers out of...

Walz proposes tax credit checks for 2.5M Minnesota families

Jan. 24, 2023 18:40 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Millions of Minnesota families would get checks totaling as much as $2,600 from the state's huge surplus under the budget plan that Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday, saying it would give residents the largest package of tax cuts in state history. The direct...