PAUL GAZELKA

Minnesota Senate GOP leader says deal near on policing bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)–The top Republican in the Minnesota Senate says legislative leaders have a tentative agreement on the outlines of a police accountability bill. But chances appear dimmer for a $1.9 billion public construction projects package that has yet to win the necessary GOP support in the Democratic-controlled House. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says the Senate plans to adjourn late…

House considering DFL police bills, GOP: “we passed five”

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – As Gov. Tim Walz pushes for police reforms, Minnesota’s House is considering DFL-backed criminal justice and police accountability bills. They include things Senate Republicans oppose like giving the Attorney General control over police killing investigations and overhauling the police arbitration process. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka plans the Legislature to adjourn the special session on Friday….

Minnesota House Democrats Plan 15 Cannabis Conversations

The first three community conversations will be held in Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Cloud in September and October.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota House Democrats are hitting the road for a series of town halls on how the state should go about legalizing recreational marijuana. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler says his chamber will pass a legalization bill in the 2020 session, so it’s vitally important that Minnesotans weigh in. The first three of 15 community conversations dubbed “Be Heard…

Minnesota lawmakers break off budget talks

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota House Democrats are blaming Senate Republicans and their refusal to increase state spending for a collapse in budget negotiations. Senate Republicans are blaming House Democrats for standing by their tax increase proposals. “Coming forward with zero change in their net position was extremely disappointing. At that point in the negotiations there really was nothing else to…

Governor Walz To Push Education Proposal During Statewide Tour

Walz is scheduled to be at MSUM in Moorhead on Wednesday

Tim Walz and Peggy FlanaganST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan are launching a statewide tour on Monday. They will spend four days making 10 stops across the state to push their education proposal. It includes around $520 million for the per-pupil funding formula, $59 million for preschool and $26 million for school safety. He…

Shift Of Power Could Result In New Gun Laws In Minnesota

The Democratic takeover of the Minnesota House includes many freshmen who support tougher gun laws

ST. PAUL, MN — A shift in the balance of power at the Minnesota Capitol has boosted the odds of lawmakers passing bills to reduce gun violence. The Democratic takeover of the Minnesota House includes many freshmen who support tougher gun laws. The Senate, where the GOP maintains a one-vote majority, remains a question mark. But the chamber’s top Republican, Majority…

Gov. Mark Dayton’s Visit To Dilworth Elementary Wednesday Canceled

Bad weather in Washington D.C. has delayed his flight home

DILWORTH, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton was going to stop by Dilworth Elementary School Wednesday. But bad weather in Washington D.C. has delayed his flight home so his trips to Dilworth and Duluth have been called off. While visiting students at Bruce Vento Elementary in St. Paul last Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a tax bill saying he believes it…

Funding for NW MN Projects Hang in the Balance as Gov. Dayton Considers Signing or Vetoing Tax & Budget Bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up their session Sunday night and many questions are still unanswered. If Gov. Mark Dayton doesn’t sign a tax bill, which sync’s Minnesota’s tax code with the federal Republican law, it would create a complex filing season next year. Vetoing a budget bill would not give schools money to improve security. The…

Governor Dayton Threatens Fate of Tax Code Bill Over School Funding

Dayton requested $138 million for 59 school districts struggling with budget deficits

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t sign a bill squaring Minnesota’s tax code to sweeping federal changes if Republican lawmakers don’t include emergency funding for schools. Passing a so-called tax conformity bill to avoid confusion and some tax increases for people has been a major focus this year. But Dayton says schools need additional money as…