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. Twitter: @jessvanb 

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


State revenue $1.8B above expectations in May

Delayed tax filings contributed to the flood of revenue last month.


Clock ticking as legislators clash over how to end eviction pause

As special session looms, a deal on how to end eviction moratorium is a top priority.


E-pulltab restrictions dealt setback at Capitol, but fight isn't over

Bar owners, charities oppose changes to the electronic games.


Minnesota takes first steps toward a government shutdown

Lawmakers need to pass a new budget before July 1 to prevent a shutdown and are behind schedule as they race to beat the clock. Meanwhile, the expenses that come with closing down state government already are starting to add up.


After a year, the fencing around State Capitol is coming down

State officials are preparing to reopen the building for the first time since they blocked public access in March 2020, as COVID-19 spread across the state. A couple of months later, they quickly added the temporary fencing amid fears the building would be damaged during protests.


Minn. legislators decide details of $52 billion budget in private

Since leaders adjourned the regular legislative session on May 17, legislators have retreated to daily conversations behind the scenes ahead of an expected mid-June special session to finish the work.


Minnesota legislative leaders divided over the idea of going full time

Minnesota lawmakers have 120 days over two years to do their work each bi­en­ni­um. For DFL House Speaker Me­lis­sa Hortman, that's no long­er en­ough.She said…


Minnesotans anxiously await rent help as a fraction of federal aid has gone out

About 20,000 people have applied for help so far, yet only 200 have gotten aid.


Minnesota Republicans travel south for firsthand look at Biden's border policies

U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border Friday, saying on Twitter he went to "see the southern border crisis firsthand."He is one of…


Minnesota could become an outlier as abortion provider in Midwest

Minnesota could become one of the few Midwest states where abortion is protected if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.