Ryan Faircloth / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Paul Schnell let out a warm smile as he greeted a class full of some of Minnesota’s most dangerous men. The new state corrections commissioner struck up candid conversations with several inmates during a visit to the maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights earlier this month. One asked for more educational and vocational classes like the one they were in, while another said he wished there were more psychology services to help him reflect on his actions.
ST. PAUL -- Democrats in the Minnesota House want to give more state grant money to undocumented immigrants who are attending college but do not qualify for federal aid. Students who are not legal citizens can receive state grants, but they do not qualify for federal Pell Grants. Under a proposal in the House higher education omnibus bill, undocumented students would be eligible for more state grant money to make up for the gap in federal aid.
ST. PAUL — State lawmakers have yet to come together to appoint four new members to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. They have until the last day of the legislative session, May 20, to do so. But the odds that they will are looking more and more unlikely. If the two chambers do not call a joint convention — a gesture that is meant to be bipartisan — DFL Gov. Tim Walz will fill the four vacancies. The openings include a 5th Congressional District seat, two at-large seats and a student seat. So what’s the holdup?
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- President Donald Trump took credit for Minnesota’s strong economy during a Tax Day visit to the state on Monday, April 15, saying his 2017 tax cuts created jobs and brought unemployment to a record low. “Today, unemployment in Minnesota, because of your federal government policies that I have been very insistent on, is down to the lowest level I think that you’ve ever had — 3.1 percent,” Trump said during an hour-long roundtable discussion at Nuss Truck and Equipment in Burnsville.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers are taking steps to rein in the costs of prescription drugs and hold pharmaceutical companies accountable. But Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate have not come to terms on the best ways to do it. At a press conference at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 26,House Democrats detailed a series of bills and said Republicans in the Senate have given them little airtime. They stood next to several Minnesotans whose lives have been affected by the soaring costs of insulin and other prescription drugs.
ST. PAUL — As talk of marijuana legalization continues at the state Capitol, one Minnesota Democrat wants to let voters have a say on the issue. Rep. Raymond Dehn, DFL-Minneapolis, introduced a bill Tuesday, Jan. 22, that would put recreational marijuana legalization on the ballot in 2020. The measure must pass through the House and Senate before it could appear on the ballot as a constitutional amendment. “The primary purpose is to end prohibition,” Dehn said.
ST. PAUL — The University of Minnesota is seeking an $87 million bump in state funding over the next two years, and even that won’t keep students from having to pay more for tuition. University President Eric Kaler made a case for the increase in funding at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 9, touting the university’s economic impact and bringing in students and faculty to speak to the work they do in the state.
ST. PAUL — An unexpected shuffling of Minnesota's political landscape has put two rural congressional districts held by Democrats up for grabs, drawing the attention — and money — of national interest groups.
ST. PAUL—Nearly a quarter of Minnesota's registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's state primary elections, with DFL voters nearly doubling the turnout of Republicans. Around 780,000 of the state's registered 3.2 million voters had cast ballots as of 10:40 p.m., with 83 percent of precincts reporting. More than 500,000 primary voters filled out DFL ballots.