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Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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Minnesota 2016 Election Summary

The Donald Trump wave that swept the Midwest certainly had an impact in Minnesota. As of Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump in Minnesota by 46.4% to 45%, a margin of only 43,000 votes in what had been...more

11/10/2016 - Constitutional Amendment Election Results

Special Session Tabled

After meeting with legislative leaders, Governor Dayton announced yesterday that he is abandoning his efforts to forge an agreement on an agenda for a special legislative session. There appears to be general agreement on the...more

8/19/2016 - General Elections Governor Dayton Governor Vetoes Legislative Agendas

Primary Election Results

The Minnesota Primary Election held on August 9 contained a few surprises. Legislatively, the biggest change was the defeat of one of Minnesota’s longest serving House members, Representative Phyllis Kahn. In a sign of the...more

8/10/2016 - Election Results Governor Dayton Primary Elections

Special Session?

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton spent the Memorial Day holiday weekend reviewing the details of the spending and tax bills the Legislature delivered for his signature at the conclusion of the 2016 session....more

6/6/2016 - Endangered Species Act (ESA) Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas New Legislation State Budgets

Miles Apart

Supplemental Budget Bills - Divergent legislative priorities are reflected in the House and Senate budget bills. With respect to the projected $900 million surplus in the General Fund, House Republicans allocate the full...more

5/9/2016 - Bond Financing Infrastructure Legislative Agendas State Budgets State Funding

Second Committee Deadline/Week 5

The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up second committee deadline week, marking the last opportunity for committees to act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other house. GOP...more

4/11/2016 - Income Taxes Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees State Budgets

2016 Minnesota Session Begins

Acrimony and Lengthy Debate - The 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session convened at noon on Tuesday, March 8. With a condensed ten week calendar, it will be a race against the clock to complete business. The House spent the...more

3/14/2016 - Income Taxes Legislative Agendas Mining Paid Family Leave Insurance Program Public Projects

Minnesota Lobbyist Disbursement Reports — Due January 15, 2016

In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, each lobbyist who registers with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board must periodically disclose the total amount of money...more

1/12/2016 - Campaign Finance Reform Lobbying Political Contributions Public Disclosure Reporting Requirements

Ecklund Wins Special Election

In House District 3A in Central and Northeastern Minnesota, DFLer Rob Ecklund comfortably won a special election to fill the seat vacated by the death of former Representative David Dill. Ecklund, a Koochiching County...more

12/11/2015 - State Elections

Federal PAC Reports Due July 31, 2015

All Federal PACs are required to submit a campaign finance report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before Friday, July 31, 2015. Unless the PAC has elected a monthly filing schedule, the semi-annual report must...more

7/28/2015 - Campaign Funds Federal Election Commission (FEC) Filing Deadlines PACs

Post Session News

Minimum Wage Hike for Airport Workers - On Monday, the Metropolitan Airports Commission backed a $10 an hour minimum wage for about 2,800 employees of airline subcontractors. Commission members voted 11-4 for...more

6/22/2015 - Airports Electricity Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Minimum Wage Net Metering Sex Offenders Special Election Wage and Hour

Special Session Set For Today

After weeks of negotiations, speculation, and a late night caucus, Governor Mark Dayton called the Special Session for today at 10 a.m. The six bills on the approved agenda are the three budget bills that Dayton vetoed at...more

6/12/2015 - Broadband Disabled Electricity Costs Forestry Government Shutdown Hiring & Firing Marijuana Medical Marijuana Mining New Legislation Railways Sales & Use Tax Solar Energy State Budgets Utilities Sector Wind Power

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up its business late Monday night, meeting a constitutional deadline to finish its work for 2015 by midnight. Adding to the pressure to end on time, as part of the ongoing renovation of the...more

5/20/2015 - Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas State Budgets

Week In Review - May 2015 #2

Budget Battle - Conference committees on the budget bills for the next biennium have begun their initial walkthroughs of fiscal tracking sheets and side-by-side comparisons, but the real negotiating is awaiting new...more

5/11/2015 - Budget Surplus Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees State Budgets

Week in Review - April 2015 #3

Tax Revenue - Minnesota raked in $100 million more in tax collections in February and March than State forecasters had predicted. The Minnesota Management and Budget Department said the additional revenue topped...more

4/20/2015 - Funding Health Insurance State Budgets Surface Transportation Tax Revenues

Week in Review - March 2015

Minnesota Budget Forecast/Surplus - Management and Budget shows the State’s previously forecast $1.038 billion surplus for the next biennium has grown to $1.87 billion. Governor Mark Dayton said he will propose using...more

3/9/2015 - Budget Surplus Legislative Agendas State Budgets

Lobbyist Principal Report Due March 16

In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, all lobbyist principals must file an Annual Report with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("Board") on or before March 16,...more

3/3/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Lobbyists

Week in Review - February 2015 #4

MNsure Reform - Minnesota’s already low rate of people without health insurance fell even more over the past year, a survey from Gallup finds. At the beginning of 2014, just 9.5 percent of Minnesotans lacked health...more

3/2/2015 - Ebola Financing Health Insurance Infrastructure Lottery Tax Revenues

Week in Review - February 2015 #2

Pay Raises - Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican House are sparring over state agency commissioner pay. Last month, Dayton increased pay for 26 commissioners and department heads by a total of $802,000. Republicans say...more

2/13/2015 - Lottery Property Tax Public Employees Railroads Railways State Taxes

Week in Review - January 2015

Committee deadlines for the 2015 session were established this week: - March 20, committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin; - March 27, committees must act favorably on bills, or companion...more

1/26/2015 - Appropriations Bill Income Taxes Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Liquor Liquor Control Acts Nursing Homes Wine & Alcohol

Transportation Funding Issue Heats Up

Right out of the gate, both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature put forward transportation funding packages. It has been called the issue of the session. The need for reliable, efficient transportation touches everyone in...more

1/19/2015 - Bonds Funding Infrastructure Legislative Agendas State Budgets Surface Transportation

2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Begins

The Minnesota Legislature convened on Tuesday, January 6 at noon to begin the 2015 Minnesota Legislative session. The first day of session was marked by the swearing in of new members, organizational matters and other...more

1/12/2015 - Disaster Preparedness Economic Development Education Reform Legislative Agendas State Budgets Tax Reform

Minnesota House Leadership Selected

In wake of the 2014 elections, the DFL and Republican House Caucuses met late last week to select their leadership for the 2015-2016 Minnesota legislative session. The new Republican Majority selected current Minority Leader...more

11/11/2014 - Election Results Political Appointments

Minnesota Returns to Divided State Government

Despite convincing DFL wins in all contested statewide offices and in two heavily contested Congressional seats, the DFL Party was unable to retain control of the Minnesota House of Representatives. U.S. Senator Al Franken...more

11/6/2014 - Election Results

Minnesota Primary Election Set for August 12

The Minnesota Primary Election will be held on August 12. All 134 Minnesota House seats are up for election this year. Additionally all five Constitutional offices (Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Attorney General, Secretary...more

8/1/2014 - Primary Elections

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