Latest Minnesota state government News

Minnesota House passes $7 billion transportation budget bill

Jun. 23, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Another piece of Minnesota's budget picture fell into place Wednesday when the House passed a $7.3 billion transportation funding bill. The bill funds roads, bridges and public transit. It includes money for two new bus rapid transit lines for the...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jun. 23, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. June 21, 2021. Editorial: On vaccine, above average just won’t do 16 other states beat Minnesota to 70% COVID vaccination goal. Vermont, Hawaii and Massachusetts have long been public health...

Deals on most budget bills take shape Minnesota Legislature

Jun. 22, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature moved forward on several major budget bills Tuesday after leaders broke a standoff on environment funding that could have shut down state parks before the Independence Day holiday weekend. The House Ways and Means committee...

Walz requests funds for state officers' body cameras

Jun. 22, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has requested funding to outfit Minnesota State Patrol troopers and officers working at the state Capitol with body cameras. The $7.5 million to buy and maintain the cameras for the officers and troopers is contained in a...

Minnesota lawmakers to hand out nearly $1B in tax cuts

Jun. 21, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After a session marked early on by talk of possible tax increases, the Minnesota Legislature was on track Monday to hand out serious tax relief to unemployed workers and businesses. The final tax bill agreed to by lawmakers last week features nearly...

Counties with lower COVID-19 vaccinations have higher cases

Jun. 18, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say a handful of Minnesota counties with low COVID-19 vaccination rates have slightly higher cases of the coronavirus. Among the 10 counties with COVID-19 rates of 5 per 10,000 people or higher in the week ending June 5, none...

Medical marijuana patients in Minnesota seek gun rights

Jun. 18, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Staunch conservatives and advocates of legal marijuana have formed an unlikely alliance in Minnesota to pressure the Legislature to allow medical cannabis patients to own guns. The more than 35,000 patients in Minnesota's program can't own guns as...

Minnesota House GOP filibusters in contentious budget debate

Jun. 17, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota House launched into a long, contentious debate Thursday that delayed its first floor votes on the big budget bills that lawmakers were unable to pass before time ran out on the year's regular session last month. The House had four bills...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jun. 16, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. June 10, 2021. Editorial: Balancing interests at George Floyd Square Intersection can stand as a memorial with access restored. George Floyd Square in Minneapolis is well-known as a gathering place to...

Landlords sue to force end to Minnesota eviction moratorium

Jun. 15, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group representing Minnesota landlords announced a lawsuit Tuesday to force an end to the eviction moratorium imposed by Gov. Tim Walz, saying his order makes it all but impossible for property owners to remove disruptive tenants. The Minnesota...