Jessie Van Berkel | Star Tribune
Reporter | Politics and Government

Jessie Van Berkel writes about Minnesota government and politics at the Star Tribune. She previously covered St. Paul City Hall and local government in the south metro. 

Before joining the Star Tribune, Van Berkel reported on city and county government in Sarasota, Fla., and public safety and courts in Appleton, Wis. She is a Minnesota native who returned to her home state to work for the Star Tribune in 2014. She's a University of Minnesota graduate and a proud Minnesota Daily alumna. Outside of work, she is usually hiking, biking, camping or planning her next travel adventure. Her home is frequently littered with travel books.


Walz proposes gas tax hike, more money for schools, roads

The governor's proposed budget includes a 20-cent gas tax increase and an increase in the motor vehicle sales tax and registration tax.


Walz aims to invest in health care, education, communities

The governor prepares to debut his vision for the next two years of state spending on Tuesday with his budget proposal rollout.


Legislative auditor details failures with state's vehicle licensing system

The Minnesota legislative auditor found technical, staffing and transparency problems with state's vehicle registration and driver licensing system, leading to delays for motorists and headaches for front-line workers.


No new taxes, government accountability among Senate GOP budget priorities

Gov. Tim Walz announces his budget plan Tuesday.


Sen. Klobuchar joins 2020 fray: 'I'm running for every American'

Sen. Amy Klobuchar will test her hometown brand on the national stage as she throws her hat into the ring for the 2020 race to be the President of the United States.


Tax credits proposed to spur business investments in Minnesota

Gov. Tim Walz, legislators want to reinstate the angel tax credit program.


Walz seeks nearly $16 million for more fixes to car licensing system

Governor's $16M request includes money to handle backlog in plate, title requests.


Lawmakers want Minnesota's energy to be carbon-free by 2050

Dozens of people showed up at the State Capitol to champion or warn against the idea.


Measure addressing racist deeds advances

Measure would help homeowners identify restrictive covenants.


Walz raised $1.6M more than his GOP rival in governor's race

End-of-year fundraising reports show significant financial support for Walz, including heavy spending by independent groups backing his candidacy.