There is no circumstance under which the Senate is going to do inflation. They can sit there until the snow melts — it’s not going to happen. We have checked with our members and we don’t have the votes for that.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk
Members of the House and Senate minimum wage conference committee traded offers Tuesday evening, with the issue of indexing the wage to inflation emerging as the key sticking point in negotiations.
His moves on minimum wage have perplexed his union supporters and a huge cross-section of the DFL base who wonder: This is a guy who has pushed hard to get a new Senate office building constructed — for $63 million — but he can’t push for a decent minimum wage for the state’s lowest-paid workers? What sort of a DFLer is that?
The Hudson Sunday beer run is a Twin Cities tradition as old as highways and blue laws. On any Sunday, a steady flow of traffic down I-94 into Hudson consists of Minnesotans that were either too lazy, forgetful, or inconvenienced to buy beer on Saturday night. And Hudson is ready for them.
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Footage from Tuesday’s Advisory Committee on Capitol Area Security courtesy of The UpTake.
"At the State Capitol I have never seen guards checking people for weapons. There are no metal detectors, and except for a few restricted areas that require key cards, a visitor is free to roam wherever he wishes. So it’s ironic that the burning question before the Advisory Committee on Capitol Area Security last week and again Tuesday is whether gun owners with permits should be allowed to bring their weapons into the Capitol."
As part of the new budget proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton and passed by the Minnesota Legislature this year, cities were slated to receive an $80 million boost in Local Government Aid (LGA) for the 2014–15 budget year. Find out how much your city or town is slated to get courtesy of the data team at MinnPost.
Someone asked me what the Republican vote would have been on a secret ballot. I think 15 to 20 [House Republicans] would have voted yes.
GOP Rep. David FitzSimmons, of Albertville, discussing the Minnesota House’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage. FitzSimmons was one of four Republicans to vote yes on the measure, along with Reps. Pat Garofalo, Farmington; Jenifer Loon, Eden Prairie; Andrea Kieffer, Woodbury.
“She has an extraordinarily high profile for a lawmaker who has not produced significant legislative accomplishments.”
The package includes a fourth-tier income tax hike and a $1.60-per-pack cigarette tax increase, ends some corporate loopholes, and extends the sales tax to certain business services.