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


Minnesota's projected budget shortfall flips to $1.6B surplus

News sets the stage for months of budget negotiations at the State Capitol and adds fuel to a political fight over taxes.


Walz pitches $518M package for public works, infrastructure

The governor said that a new public works package would create jobs during the pandemic and help prevent roads and buildings from falling into disrepair.


With Chauvin trial looming, Minneapolis faces balancing act on police

City and state leaders plan to bring thousands of soldiers, sheriffs' deputies and police into the metro area.


Minnesota House fails to pass SAFE Act for security during Chauvin trial

Legislators are divided over the measure to cover police bills.


City, state leaders detail plans ahead of Derek Chauvin trial

Thousands of police, sheriffs deputies and Minnesota National Guard members are ready to jump into action during the upcoming trial of the first of four officers charged in the killing of George Floyd.


Legislature deadlocked over Chauvin trial security

Chauvin case looms but the Legislature is mired in debate over police reform.


Walz tax cut for 1 million families doesn't reach lowest earners

Some Republicans quickly derided the small amount, with House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt calling it "a talking point, that's not a tax cut."


Minnesota's big brewers calling for end to growler limit at State Capitol

Minnesota brewers gathered at the Capitol on Thursday to make the case for the state to remove its limits on which breweries can sell growlers.Leaders…


Buffalo clinic shooting renews gun control push at Minnesota Capitol

Gun measures have not been a focus during a COVID-dominated legislative session.


Minnesota GOP legislators push for Walz's impeachment over executive orders

Similar arguments that Walz overreached have been rejected by the courts.