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.


Gov. Walz calls special session for Friday

The move caps a week of closed-door talks between the governor and House and Senate leaders scrambling to fill in details of state government budget bills. Lawmakers must ratify a $48 billion budget before a negotiated deadline of 7 a.m. Saturday.


DFL lawmakers yield on Bde Maka Ska, leave name to courts

Lawmakers continue hash out budget bills' details ahead of special session.


Session's ending leaves many unhappy with closed process

On the day after, left-out legislators, interest groups and the public say lack of transparency in late-session deals must end.


Legislature adjourns, but plans to come back Thursday

With time running out, legislative leaders tentatively planned a special session Thursday to hammer out final budget agreements through a series of conference committees or "working groups."


State budget deal: No gas tax hike; health care tax continues

The deal denies Gov. Tim Walz much of the new revenue he wanted for road improvements, but leaves mostly intact a health care tax that Republicans sought to end. There's also a small middle-class income tax cut.


Budget talks between Gov. Walz, legislative leaders break off

As Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders were meeting, lawmakers prepared a stopgap funding deal, which the Senate Finance Committee approved.


Gov. Tim Walz vows to 'get results' amid long day of budget talks with GOP

Deadline looms on Monday.


GOP, Dems sharply divided on taxes, stalling budget talks again

Monday's breakdown came after hours of incremental progress as formal negotiations resumed in earnest for the first time in nearly a week.


As Minnesota Legislature wraps up, partisan differences hang on budget negotiations

Bargaining chips abound as lawmakers tuck pet policies into end-of-session budget bills.


Lawmakers pick 4 new regents in push to diversify U board

Affordability and workforce changes are among the issues faced by the University of Minnesota and cited by the newcomers.