Reporter | Politics and Government

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 says Minnesota needs more than $3B for infrastructure

Lawmakers have been considering an infrastructure deal about half that size, left on the table last year.

Walz tucks tax, fee increases among checks, credits in budget

Governor seeks a Twin Cities metro sales tax increase and new capital gains, cannabis and payroll taxes.

Walz proposes checks for 2.5 million Minnesota households

The DFL governor rolled out a $65 billion budget Tuesday, including checks and some Social Security tax breaks.

Walz calls for $300M to finance local public safety efforts

The governor debuted his safety, health and housing plans Monday.

Whose name should be first on a ballot? Minnesota may switch things up

Legislators consider changing the order names are listed in partisan races.

Minnesota leaders propose new spending to boost workforce

Walz pitched his economic development plans for the next budget Thursday.

Minnesota leaders aim for fast action on infrastructure

State spending on roads, bridges and buildings hasn't kept pace with needs.

Walz proposes more education spending, family tax credits

Gov. Tim Walz proposal — including a new Department of Children, Youth, and Families — is a $5.2 billion piece of his two-year budget that will be fully revealed next week.

Gov. Tim Walz to debut spending plan for children, education

The governor has said he wants to end child poverty.

Rent assistance vouchers for 220,000 Minnesota households proposed at Capitol

The $1.7 billion voucher program is one of many housing proposals brewing this session.