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Dayton open to approving transportation plan without raising gas tax

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton said that if the Legislature passes a 'satisfactory' transportation budget bill without a gas tax, he would be inclined to sign it into law.


Minnesota revenue commissioner warns budget cuts could prompt tax-refund delays

Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly criticized GOP budget proposals from the House and Senate, which aim to cut millions from her department.


Lawmakers from minority communities create new caucus

Lawmakers from minority groups try to unify, focus their message.


Campaign to draft Rep. Rick Nolan for governor hires campaign operative

Hire indicates Nolan may be serious.


Parks, water projects, historical sites share in $527M Legacy funds

The Legacy funding bill was passed unanimously this week by the Minnesota House.


Klobuchar, Franken vote against Gorsuch

Before the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court along party lines, Minnesota's senators joined other Democrats on the panel in criticizing him for not protecting the interests of vulnerable people.


MN House passes $1.35 billion tax cut

The Senate is considering its own tax cut bill that would cost $900 million and would include a reduction in the lowest tax bracket from 5.35 percent to 5.15 percent and eventually 5 percent.


U.S. Rep. Tim Walz says he's running for governor

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz addressed the crowd during the dedication of the State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn., on Sunday, May 29, 2016.

The Democratic congressman, who has represented southern Minnesota since his election in 2006, told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that he's running for governor.


Franken to vote against Gorsuch nomination

As Democrats line up to oppose Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court, Sen. Al Franken is vowing to vote against Gorsuch and Sen. Amy Klobuchar appears to be leaning against him.


Senate Republicans pitch $208 million jobs bill

The plan includes funding for new training programs and rural broadband.


DCCC attacks Lewis, Paulsen for healthcare votes

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is releasing ads attacking Republican Reps. Jason Lewis and Erik Paulsen for their votes to repeal Obamacare, as part of their first digital ad campaign of the cycle.


Where Minnesota's delegation stands on GOP health care bill

As the House prepares to vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, here's what Minnesota's federal representatives have been saying about the bill.


Sens. Franken, Klobuchar question Neil Gorsuch on big business

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), second left, talks with Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) before Durbin questioned Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump�s nominee for the Supreme Court, of the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, March 22, 2017.

Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.


Minn. House GOP plans targeted tax breaks, more road spending

Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, left, and fellow Republican legislators Rep. Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River), right

Budget targets released Monday include $1.35 billion in tax cuts or credits.


Report: Minn. Chamber, business and unions dominate lobbying spending

Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.


Black leaders lobby at the Capitol for 'United Black Legislative Agenda'

Black community leaders and activists are lobbying legislators on a range of bills related to education, jobs and urban agriculture.


Dayton's NCAA bracket predicts Minnesota wins, Wisconsin loses

Gov. Mark Dayton joined other prominent Minnesotans in filling out a March Madness basketball bracket.


Plan for narrower health plans sparks debate in House committee

A GOP lawmakers' bill would let insurance companies offer plans that don't cover a variety of health conditions.


Dayton criticizes GOP health-care plan after CBO estimates

Dayton warns rural Minnesota would be among the worst off under GOP health-care plan introduced in Congress.


Dayton to Republicans: Don't try across-the-board budget cuts

Gov. Mark Dayton warned GOP leaders to avoid tucking policy plans into budget proposals.