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Minnesota Legislature Convenes 2018 Session - Legal Wrangling Threatens Progress

The 2018 Minnesota legislature kicked off at noon yesterday with no solution to the legal standoff in the Minnesota Senate over whether a Republican state senator can legally hold both her Senate seat and be lieutenant...more

Minnesota Special Election Results

Polls closed Monday, February 12, at 8 p.m. for two special elections to state legislature seats in Minnesota. Both seats were vacated in December by sitting members amid sexual harassment allegations....more

Gov. Dayton Names Tina Smith to Replace Sen. Franken

Yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton named Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Al Franken's resignation from the U.S. Senate. Smith, formerly Gov. Dayton's chief of staff before becoming his Lt. Gov. in 2015, also...more

November Budget Forecast Announcement & Sepcial Election Date Set

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the 2017 November Budget and Economic Forecast. Projections show a deficit of $188 million for the current biennium, and a projected negative balance of $586 million for the...more

Minnesota Department of Commerce Head Rothman Stepping Down to Run for Attorney General

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced his plans to step down after seven years to run for Attorney General in the 2018 election cycle. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Jessica Looman to serve as Commissioner of the...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Governor Dayton Line-Item Veto of Legislature Funding

Yesterday, the Minnesota State Supreme Court again upheld Governor Dayton’s line-item veto of the legislature’s operating funds. While not definitively ruling on the constitutionality of the action, the court objected to...more

Recapping the Minnesota Political Scene

Governor's Veto Upheld by the Minnesota Supreme Court - The 2017 Minnesota legislature remains in limbo after the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld Governor Dayton's line-item veto of the legislature's budget in retaliation...more

2017 Minnesota Legislature Adjourns But After Special Session

Minnesota lawmakers used every last minute available to them to try and complete their work prior to the deadline for the 2017 legislative session, but it was not enough time. At 12:01 a.m. early last Tuesday morning,...more

The 2017 Minnesota Legislature: What to Expect

The November general election obviously represents a sea change in how business will be conducted at the Minnesota state capitol when legislators return to work on January 3, 2017. House Republicans will enjoy a comfortable...more

Minnesota's 2016 General Election Results

Minnesota - With the polls—as well as the history books—closing only hours ago, we would like to give you a quick snapshot of how Minnesota voters rendered their verdict in yesterday's historic election. Most races have...more

Entire Minnesota Legislature Up for Grabs

Handful of Races to Decide Majorities - With less than two weeks before voters go to the polls to register their verdicts in the 2016 general election, the outcome for control of both bodies of the Minnesota legislature...more

Surprise! Minnesota Budget Forecast Delivers Bad News

Just a few days before the beginning of the 2016 legislative session, legislative leaders received some unexpected bad news: A previously healthy $1.2 billion budget surplus projection had dropped by $300 million to $900...more

Minnesota Legislature Gears Up for March 8 Start

Retirements, an election year and economic forecasts will shape legislative session - Anticipation is growing for the March 8 start to the 2016 legislative session. This year there is an election looming and all 201...more

Minnesota's Long Term Budget Outlook Remains Strong

Minnesota's fiscal year 2016-17 revenues are now forecast to be $42.718 billion, a $90 million (0.2 percent) increase over end of session estimates. This brings the forecast balance to $1.871 billion, up from $865 million at...more

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