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Minnesota leaders agree on $52 billion budget bill

Governor Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, and House Speaker Melissa Hortman say this is a win for all Minnesotans, Democrats, and Republicans.

MINNESOTA (KVRR) — Minnesota lawmakers working down to the wire on the next budget bill. Lawmakers agreeing on a 52 billion dollar bill for the state’s economy for the next two years. Governor Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, and House Speaker Melissa Hortman say this is a win for all Minnesotans, Democrats and Republicans. “We made the commitment…

Recreational marijuana bill expected to pass Minnesota House Thursday

MINNESOTA (KVRR) — A recreational marijuana bill is expected to pass in the Minnesota House Thursday in a full floor vote. The bill aims to legalize and regulate cannabis for adult use in the state. If it becomes law, Minnesotans 21 years and older would be allowed to buy, have and use marijuana. The bill also calls for expunging criminal…

Minnesota House Democrats unveil package of budget bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota House Democrats have unveiled legislation that calls for more spending on education and recovery for those most affected by the pandemic while increasing taxes on wealthy residents and large companies. The package of legislation follows the $52.5 billion budget targets released by House Democrats late last month, which is more than both Democratic Gov. Tim…

Minnesota House Republicans urge Gov. Walz to ease business restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – With COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations on the decline in Minnesota, Republicans are calling on Gov. Tim Walz to loosen restrictions. House Minority Leader Rep. Kurt Daudt says Minnesota is lagging behind neighboring and other states in reopening restaurants and events. Walz has said he plans on announcing new guidelines in the coming days. Rep….

Business owners ruined by riots plead for rebuilding bill

Minneapolis 3rd Precinct burns. May, 2020 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Owners of Twin Cities businesses that were raided and burned during the violent protests over the death of George Floyd are appealing to lawmakers for help with rebuilding. Several store owners in Minneapolis and St. Paul told members of the House Capital Investment Committee about the need for a proposed…

Minnesota lawmakers want board to regulate drug prices

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Democratic lawmakers want to create an independent board to regulate excessive prescription drug prices following a bipartisan effort last year to make insulin more affordable. Their idea went before a Minnesota House committee on Tuesday. The legislation would establish an independent board and an advisory council that would review the costs of new brand name…

Republicans want coronavirus business restrictions lifted by May 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota House Republicans have a plan for lifting coronavirus restrictions on businesses with a goal of letting them resume full operations by May 1. Rep. Dave Baker of Willmar, says restaurants, hotels, event centers and gyms need to be able to make reopening plans with some certainty. Baker says the downward trends in COVID-19 cases and…

Minnesota lawmakers to reintroduce sports betting bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two lawmakers have announced plans to introduce legislation to put Minnesota among 25 other states and Washington, D.C. in legalizing sports betting. The legislation is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Karla Bigham and Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo.  It would allow on-site sports wagering at tribal casinos for the first year, then mobile betting for those who sign up…

Minnesota lawmakers pass aid for businesses, workers

ST. PAUL – Minnesota lawmakers have convened to pass a package of coronavirus relief measures for businesses and workers who took the biggest hit from a four-week “pause” ordered by Gov. Tim Walz. Leaders agreed last week on a $216 million grant program for businesses such as bars and restaurants. Lawmakers reached a deal Sunday night for a 13-week extension…

Walz, GOP, push for quick aid for hard-hit businesses

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota House Republicans have unveiled separate relief proposals for small businesses that have been hit the hardest by new restrictions to curb the coronavirus. They’re expressing hope that lawmakers can pass a plan in a special session as early as next week. Highlights of the plan the governor developed with House…