Mayor Mahoney Releases Preliminary 2020 Budget, Includes Property Tax Increase

The budget will be reviewed by city commissioners

FARGO, N.D. — Mayor Tim Mahoney released his preliminary budget for 2020, including proposed tax increases. Since he came to Fargo nearly four decades ago, every year has seen more growth. “It’s doubled size since I’ve been in the community, we continue to grow about 3,000 a year basically and it’s fantastic. It’s also fun as a citizen, ‘oh a…

Minnesota’s Governor Signs $20 Billion Education Budget Bill

The law invests an additional $543 million in E-12 education funding

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz stops by Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul to sign the $20 billion E-12 education budget bill into law. He was joined by students, teachers, and legislators. The law invests an additional $543 million in E-12 education funding. It’ll provide Minnesota schools with more resources per child and keeping the classroom doors…

MN Legislature Approves $48 Billion Budget in Special Session

Gov. Walz says he looks forward to signing the budget into law

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s House and Senate ends a special session by passing a $48 billion budget to fund state government for the next two years. The budget bills met their 7 a.m. deadline. House Speaker Melissa Hortman says Democrats secured new money for education and preserved funding for health care programs for more than one million Minnesotans. Minority Leader…

Minnesota Gov. Walz Calls One-Day Special Session For Friday

Lawmakers will pass remaining budget bills after leaders finally agreed on a health and human services funding bill

Gov. Tim Walz (D) Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R) & House Speaker Melissa Hortman (D) Announce Budget AgreementST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota lawmakers are rushing back to the state capitol building in St. Paul for a one day special session just called by Gov. Tim Walz. The session will begin Friday morning at 10 and must conclude by 7 a.m….

Walz, Hortman and Gazelka Reach A Bipartisan Agreement On Nearly $50 Billion Budget

Special One-Day Session Is Still Likely Since The Session Officially Ends Monday

Gov. Tim Walz (D) Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R) & House Speaker Melissa Hortman (D) Announce Budget AgreementST. PAUL, MN — Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota legislative leaders have struck a long-awaited deal over the nearly $50 billion state budget they announced during a news conference. The deal includes no gas tax, a slight decrease in the medical provider…

Walz, Gazelka And Hortman Reach Minnesota Budget Agreement

The legislative session is supposed to come to a close on Monday

ST. PAUL, MN — Gov. Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and House Speaker Melissa Hortman have reached a budget agreement, according to the Governor’s office. The three leaders will hold a press conference Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. to announce the details of the detail in the Governor’s Reception Room. The deal should avert a state government shutdown.  The…

Governor Doug Burgum Praises Work Of 66th Legislative Assembly

The North Dakota Legislature Adjourned The Session Friday Night On Day 76

BISMARCK, ND — Governor Doug Burgum says North Dakota is making strategic investments in its future, funding priorities and delivering citizens a conservative balanced budget without raising taxes. His comments come after the 66th Legislative Assembly adjourned its regular session Friday night. The legislature used 76 of their 80 allowed days. The budget includes about $4.8 billion in state general fund…

House Democrats Add To Walz’s Transportation Budget, Senate Republicans Vote Down Tax Increases

Democratic governor's proposals include a 20 cent gas tax increase

ST. PAUL, MN — Democrats who control the Minnesota House unveil a transportation budget expanding on Gov. Tim Walz’s spending and taxing proposals. At the same time, a Republican-controlled Senate committee votes down his transportation tax increases. The House Democratic transportation budget mostly mirror’s the Democratic governor’s proposals, including a 20 cent gas tax increase. There are some differences on license…

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Visits North Dakota, Meets with Local Leaders

Leaders discussed healthcare and the workforce shortage

FARGO, N.D. — Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta made a stop in North Dakota with Senator Kevin Cramer and Governor Doug Burgum to meet with local leaders. Secretary Acosta highlighted association health plans, which lets small businesses come together to get healthcare coverage as if they are a single employer. People who are self–employed also qualify, and plans can’t be different because…