ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers weighed some of the first proposals aimed at addressing the shortage of child care providers in Minnesota's rural areas Wednesday, Feb. 13. Lawmakers on the Senate Committee on Family Care and Aging advanced two bills that would set aside up $10 million in grants to help child care providers in Greater Minnesota expand and clarify training requirements for providers. And they heard testimony about other efforts to reduce some of the regulatory burdens forcing child care providers to shutter.
ST. PAUL -- Republican state lawmakers and Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday, Feb. 13, laid out some of their priorities for the state's nearly $50 billion spending plan, illustrating areas of likely division moving forward. The remarks issued in separate forums weren't specific. More detailed plans will come next week as Walz is set to unveil his first spending plan. Lawmakers will take that budget as a suggestion and craft their own ahead of a May deadline.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday announced that his administration would petition the Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its certificate of need for the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline project, allowing a Dayton administration appeal to move forward. The decision fueled excitement in environmental and tribal groups that opposed the construction and furthered frustration among labor and economic development groups as well as Republican state lawmakers, who'd urged Walz to drop the appeal.
ST. PAUL -- A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers is hopeful that data illustrating the state is one of the worst in the nation when it comes to the achievement gap for students of color will ensure the approval of a proposal to recruit more teachers of color and American Indian teachers to Minnesota classrooms.
ST. PAUL -- The leaders of Minnesota's divided Legislature and Gov. Tim Walz on Monday, Feb. 11, set public deadlines for writing a nearly $47 billion spending plan. At a news conference at the Capitol, Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa pledged to hit the spending targets and said making the dates public would let Minnesotans hold them accountable to those deadlines.
ST. PAUL — Republicans in the Minnesota Senate got a new edge this week with a special election seat pickup. And the win shook up the conversation about a possible gas tax to fund improvements to roads and bridges at the Statehouse. A group aiming to restore voting rights to felons after they finish their prison sentences rallied at the Capitol then learned they'd face a tough road forward. The clock ticked down for Gov. Tim Walz to decide whether he'd pick up an appeal blocking the Enbridge Line 3 construction project or let it move forward.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Feb. 5, dismissed an appeal blocking the construction of the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline, setting up a 20-day deadline for the Walz administration to re-file the appeal or drop it. The countdown comes after Gov. Tim Walz, within days of taking office, said he would review the state Department of Commerce's appeal, which put the project on hold. That appeal was filed during the final days of Gov. Mark Dayton's administration.
ST. PAUL -- Residents of Minnesota nursing homes and assisted living facilities or family members would be allowed to place secret cameras in their rooms to monitor their quality of care under a proposal advanced Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Legislature. The Senate Committee on Family Care and Aging passed Senate File 11 on to the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee after several family members whose relatives had been abused or neglected in senior housing facilities shared their emotional stories.
ST. PAUL -- Local governments around the state could get a funding boost to the tune of $30.5 million a year if Gov. Tim Walz's state budget gets a green light from the Minnesota Legislature. The DFL governor said Wednesday, Jan. 30, that he'd push to get the extra funds to help cities and towns pay for essential services like fixing streets and providing law enforcement services while keeping property taxes down.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers this week are set to take up a review of the state's sexual assault and rape laws in an effort to close gaps that have caused painful repercussions for victims and survivors. After emotional testimony Tuesday, Jan. 29, the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee advanced a pair of bills Tuesday that would remove an exception for charging a person with rape when it occurs with his or her spouse and set up a task force aimed at reporting violence against indigenous women in Minnesota.