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Governor Mark Dayton met with the media Thursday, January 5th, to announce a deadline facing the city of Minneapolis and Ramsey County to submit a complete, final Vikings stadium plan.
Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester, returns to a leadership role with the GOP caucus. He discusses with Julie Bartkey his role as the Senate Majority Leader, legislative priorities, and his expectations for the 2012 session.
Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL leaders Rep. Paul Thissen and Sen. Tom Bakk presented their jobs plan Wednesday, January 11th. The plan provides a tax credits and grants aimed at getting 175,000 unemployed Minnsotans back to work. It also includeds a $750 million dollar bonding package and the extension of sales tax to internet sales. Rep. Tim Mahoney, DFL-St. Paul, and Sen. Ken Kelash, DFL-Minneapolis, also spoke at the event.
Governor Mark Dayton and MnDot Commissioner Tom Sorel announce their plan Thursday, January 12th, establishing a Transportation Finance Advisory Group. The panel will look long-term into Minnesota's transportation demands and financing methods.
Newly-elected Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, R-Rochester, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, preview the 2012 legislative session and highlight their priorities. Plus, Dr. Kathryn Pearson, University of Minnesota Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, provides an academic perspective on this session's legislative challenges, redistricting and the upcoming campaigns.
Governor Mark Dayton announces his $775 million bonding bill which he says would create 21,700 new jobs. MMB Commissioner James Schowalter and Dr.Zigang Dong from the Hormel Institute in Austin speak to some of the projects in the plan.
Former House Speaker Steve Sviggum provides an Inside Perspective on his new role as a key advisor to the Senate Majority Caucus. Host Julie Bartkey talks with Speaker Sviggum about his past political resume and the skills he intends to bring to his new position as Executive Assistant and Communications Director.
Minneapolis appears to have an advantage over other potential stadium sites, although no plan has met all requirements set forth by Gov. Mark Dayton. The governor outlined his analysis on Wednesday, January 18th, saying Linden Avenue is his preferred site at this time and he supports video pull tabs as a revenue source.
Another tool to spur job growth in Minnesota was detailed by Gov. Mark Dayton and DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips on Wednesday. The Minnesota Business First Stop is a one stop shop for businesses to call if there are plans to move or expand in Minnesota.
GOP leaders outline their Reform 2.0 agenda for the 2012 Legislative Session.
GOP leaders outline their Reform 2.0 agenda for the 2012 Legislative Session.
Governor Dayton and legislative leaders come together to offer their viewpoints and answer media questions during a pre-session forum at the State Capitol.
Governor Dayton and legislative leaders come together to offer their viewpoints and answer media questions during a pre-session forum at the State Capitol.
Sen. Kari Dziedzic, DFL- Minneapolis district 59, takes the Oath of Office January 20th, 2012
A national movement to ban all hand held devices from moving vehicles may gain some consideration this session. Julie Bartkey talks with transportation chair Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar and Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, about the issue. We also look at the Governor's introduction of two plans to promote job growth.
A coalition of organizations and legislators discuss MAGIC, a bill that would lift barriers that currently make it difficult for local units of government to pursue certain areas of reform and cost saving measures.
Senate and House Caucus Leaders meet with reporters about the events of the first week of the 2012 Legislative Session.
Senate and House Caucus Leaders meet with reporters about the events of the first week of the 2012 Legislative Session.
With the 2012 legislative session underway, Julie Bartkey discusses two controversial bills with their respective authors. Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, assesses the stadium bill and Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, details the Voter ID Constitutional Amendment. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapols, explains his opposition to both and provides a stadium plan he might support.
Governor Dayton and members of the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force release the group's initial recommendations and take questions from the media.
Senator Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, outlines his proposal Thursday, February 2nd, allowing workers to decide whether or not to join a union. Called "Right to Work," the measure proposes a constitutional amendment, which, if approved by the legislature, would be decided by voters in the next general election.
Senate Majority Leader David Senjem meets with the Capitol press corps Friday, February 3rd. Topics reviewed include pending constitutional amendments, former Senate staff lawsuit, the Senate's rejection of Ellen Anderson as chair of the Public Utilities Commission. Following, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and Assistant Senate Minority Leader Terri Bonoff, answer media questions.
Senate Majority Leader David Senjem meets with the Capitol press corps Friday, February 3rd. Topics reviewed include pending constitutional amendments, former Senate staff lawsuit, the Senate's rejection of Ellen Anderson as chair of the Public Utilities Commission. Following, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and Assistant Senate Minority Leader Terri Bonoff, answer media questions.
On this week's Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Senate Judicary Chair Warren Limmer. R-Maple Grove, about his proposal to protect vulnerable adults. Representative Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, features two of his bills stemming from a recent case in Cook County, where a presecuting attorney was shot. Plus, Senator John Marty talks about his effort to repeal the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Governor Mark Dayton discusses using his veto pen on Friday, February 10th, striking down a series of bills designed to reform civil litigation. He also expresses the hope he and lawmakers can find some common ground this session, and commends Ramsey County Commissioners for their continuing efforts on financing a stadium. Commissioner Tony Bennett discusses the latest meeting on the issue.
Governor Mark Dayton discusses using his veto pen on Friday, February 10th, striking down a series of bills designed to reform civil litigation. He also expresses the hope he and lawmakers can find some common ground this session, and commends Ramsey County Commissioners for their continuing efforts on financing a stadium. Commissioner Tony Bennett discusses the latest meeting on the issue.
Governor Mark Dayton discusses using his veto pen on Friday, February 10th, striking down a series of bills designed to reform civil litigation. He also expresses the hope he and lawmakers can find some common ground this session, and commends Ramsey County Commissioners for their continuing efforts on financing a stadium. Commissioner Tony Bennett discusses the latest meeting on the issue.
GOP and DFL leaders brief reporters about the events of the week during weekly media availabilities.
GOP and DFL leaders brief reporters about the events of the week during weekly media availabilities.
A constitutional amendment that would allow workers to opt out of joining a union is detailed by its author Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville. Labor supporter and opponent of the bill, Sen. Ken Kelash, DFL-Minneapolis, explains why he calls it the 'Right to Work for Less' bill. Vice-chair of the sunset commission, Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, discusses the work of the commission which includes two councils that raised red flags with members.
Legislators and experts brief reporters on how managing school land trusts better can secure Minnesota more dollars for education without raising state or local taxes.
Senate DFLers respond to the Local Government and Elections Committee's passage of SF 1577, voter photo ID bill.
Governor Mark Dayton delivered his State of the State Address Wednesday, February 15th, before a joint convention of the Minnesota Legislature. Immediately following, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader David Senjem provide their perspective on Minnesota'economic health and welfare. (Video Coverage of Governor Dayton's Address was provided by House Public Information Services.)
GOP and DFL legislative leaders meet with reporters during regularly scheduled media availabilities to discuss the events of the past week those coming up next week.
On this week's Capitol Report, Senator Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, talks with host Julie Bartkey about her proposal to raise the cigarette tax in an effort to curb teen smoking and eliminate the statewide business property tax. Senator Pam Wolf, R-Spring Lake Park, outlines her bill that proposes using teacher seniority as only one factor in laying off teachers. In contrast, Senator Chuck Wiger, offers a different approach to reforming education. Plus, highlights of Governor Mark Dayton's second State of the State Address and GOP leaders response.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, 6th Congressional District, Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, call for better data in auditing Minnesota's Medicaid program through a third party, independent organization.
DFL Senators and Law Enforcement representatives offer their opinions of HF1467, the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act.
Legislators present HF 1467, the Defense of Dwelling and Personal Protection Act, to members of the media during a February 23rd press conference.
Legislators present HF 1467, the Defense of Dwelling and Personal Protection Act, to members of the media during a February 23rd press conference.
Republican legislators present a stadium funding bill that would partner the Minnesota Vikings, the NFL, the Minnesota business community, stadium users, the State of Minnesota and local governments. The bill includes a business property tax phase out to provide incentives for the business community to participate. The state portion would facilitate a low interest loan through revenue bonds.
During separate weekly media availabilities on February 24th, GOP and DFL leaders briefed reporters about legislative events of the previous week.
During separate weekly media availabilities on February 24th, GOP and DFL leaders briefed reporters about legislative events of the previous week.
The new district lines are drawn, and Julie Bartkey gets reaction from Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, the Chair of the House Redistricting Committee, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook. Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, discusses his bill to require independent audits of nonprofit Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). Plus, highlights of Capitol news events throughout the week.
Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, and Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, introduce the "Pay Back Our Kids" Act during a February 27th press conference. The legislation is a plan designed to pay back the $2.2 billion owed to Minnesota school districts by closing corporate tax loopholes by $450 million per year over five years.
Minnesota Management and Budget presents the 2012 February budget forecast at the State Capitol. Republican and Democrat legislative leaders and Governor Mark Dayton respond in separate press conferences.
Minnesota Management and Budget presents the 2012 February budget forecast at the State Capitol. Republican and Democrat legislative leaders and Governor Mark Dayton respond in separate press conferences.
The State of Minnesota would contribute $398 million dollars to a new Vikings stadium by using electronic pull-tabs as a funding vehicle. The $975 million dollar stadium would include a fixed roof. The Minnesota Vikings would contribute $754 million dollars to the project, and the City of Minneapolis would provide $338 milion. Speakers at the press conference include Governor Mark Dayton, Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, and Vikings owner Zygi Wilf.
Republican and Democrat legislative leaders met with reporters during separate weekly media availabilities to comment on the events at the legislature. Major topics of discussion included the latest state budget forecast and a new football stadium proposal.
Minnesota has an additional $323 million in the books. MMB Commissioner James Schowalter and Senate Tax Chair, Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, discuss the policies and impact of the surplus. Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, details his bill that would keep the MnSCU system operational in the event of another state government shutdown, and a Viking's stadium proposal is unveiled at the Capitol.
Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, and Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Mpls, outline goals and criteria for establishing a Minnesota health insurance exchange, required under the federal law. Abby Shanfield, a college student, and Katerhine Frommer, a small business owner, also spoke at the Monday, March 5th, Capitol press conference.
Rep. Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, and Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, outline a proposal to create private accounts for individuals to accept contributions for paying health insurance premiums. The proposal was outlined at a Capitol press conference Monday, March 5th.
State Senators and University of Minnesota officials announce a plan Thursday, March 8th, to establish an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Research Center at the University of Minnesota. The plan involves a partnership between the state and the university. Senator John Carlson, R-Bemidji, Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, and University of Minnesota President, Eric Kaler, say the goal of the plan is to prevent the spread of AIS in the short term and to provide for the removal of these species from infested waters in the long term.
In separate weekly availabilities, legislative leaders talk about several pending issues, including the proposed constitutional amendment allowing workers to join or opt out of unions; using electronic pull tabs for funding a vikings stadium; efforts to aid economic development.
In separate weekly availabilities, legislative leaders talk about several pending issues, including the proposed constitutional amendment allowing workers to join or opt out of unions; using electronic pull tabs for funding a vikings stadium; efforts to aid economic development.
On this week's Capitol Report, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie demonstrates an electronic poll book, and he explains whe he believes it is a viable alternative to voter photo ID. Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, provides the latest of her efforts to craft stadium legislation that can garner the necessary votes. Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, explains why he supports a different stadium plan and reasons he contends voters should display a photo ID at the polls.
On this week's Capitol Report, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie demonstrates an electronic poll book, and he explains whe he believes it is a viable alternative to voter photo ID. Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, provides the latest of her efforts to craft stadium legislation that can garner the necessary votes. Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, explains why he supports a different stadium plan and reasons he contends voters should display a photo ID at the polls.
Governor Mark Dayton releases his supplemental budget proposal. This Session Update recaps the Senate Judiciary hearing on proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting mandatory union membership and dues, and then the program features Governor Mark Dayton's press conference.
Senator Al DeKruif, R-Madison Lake, explains why he is not seeking re-election to the Minnesota Senate and his future plans.
Senator Linda Higgins, DFL-Mpls, is leaving the Minnesota Senate after 16 years of service. She reflects on the highlights of her career and looks ahead to her future.
Leaders hold their weekly availability and discuss constituional amendments, Vikings stadium and other pressing issues.
The Senate is addressing several bills to keep government operations running in the event of a government shutdown, and Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey talks with Sen. Al DeKruif, R-Madison Lake, about his plans to ensure that Canterbury Park and the Minnesota Zoo remain open. Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, advocates a different approach to ensure that budget agreements between the Governor and legislative leaders are reached before the legislature adjourns. Plus, after 16 years serving in the Minnesota Senate, Senator Linda Higgins, DFL-Mpls, is stepping away from the office. She provides her Inside Perspective on her future plans and reflects on her accomplishments.
Senator Dave Thompson and Sen. David Hann call for a floor vote on the proposed "Right to Work" legislation. The group of lawmakers met with the media Tuesday, March 20th.
DFL members discuss the potential impact of voter photo identification on minority groups and senior citizens.
Hunting and fishing license fees could increase for the first time since 2001. Julie Bartkey talks with Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, about his proposal. She also talks for Minnesota sports legend Bud Grant about why he supports the measure. Sen. Chris Gerlach, R-Apple Valley, details the 2012 liquor bill, and other more controversial liquor provisions. Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-ST. Paul, defends her proposal to allow those age 18-21 to have a cocktail with their parents if they are out for dinner.
The Minneapolis City Council signed off to the proposed Vikings stadium plan, according to Mayor R.T. Rybak, Governor Mark Dayton and Minneapolis City Council President Barb Johnson, who made the announcement at a press conference Monday, March 26th.
Having servfed 14 years in the Minnesota Legislature, Senator Chris Gerlach, R-Apple Valley, announced he will not seek re-election to the Minnesota Senate. Senator Gerlach sits down with Julie Bartkey to reflect on his experiences and future.
First elected to the Senate in 2002 and having rose to the position of Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Geoff Michel, R-Edina, reflects on his years of service in the Minnesota Senate and talks about his future.
Senate leaders hold their weekly availability with the Capitol press corps.
Senate leaders hold their weekly availability with the Capitol press corps.
Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, talks with Julie Bartkey about the Senate's proposed $496 million dollar capital improvements bill. Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St.Paul, espresses her disappointment over the bill, particularly the exclusion of a St. Paul Saints ballpark. Plus, Sen. Chris Gerlach, R-Apple Valley, discusses why he has chosen to not seek reelection.
Legislative leaders and Governor Mark Dayton held their weekly availabilties Thursday, April 5th, the final day before the Passover, Easter break. In observance of the holidays, the legislature will recess until Monday, April 16th. In separate availabilties, the leaders and Governor Dayton discuss the governor's veto of a bill designed to lower the amount of money borrowed from schools. Governor Dayton criticized the plan as weakening the state's budget reserves. GOP leaders said the Governor's action was disappointing. Other topics discussed include funding plans for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, the bonding bill and the GOP's tax relief and job creation plans.
Legislative leaders and Governor Mark Dayton held their weekly availabilties Thursday, April 5th, the final day before the Passover, Easter break. In observance of the holidays, the legislature will recess until Monday, April 16th. In separate availabilties, the leaders and Governor Dayton discuss the governor's veto of a bill designed to lower the amount of money borrowed from schools. Governor Dayton criticized the plan as weakening the state's budget reserves. GOP leaders said the Governor's action was disappointing. Other topics discussed include funding plans for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, the bonding bill and the GOP's tax relief and job creation plans.
This week on Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey explores differing views on tax relief and reform with Commissioner Myron Frans, Department of Revenue, and Senate Tax Committee Chair, Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen. Commissioner Frans echoes Governor Dayton's preference for a more balanced mix of property, sales and income taxes. Senator Ortman promotes the Senate jobs and tax relief bill that helps provide property tax relief for Minnesota businesses. Also on this week's program, Sen. Geoff Michel talks about his career in the Senate and why he is moving on.
Calling the proposed photo voter ID amendment to the state constitution a "proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing," Governor Mark Dayton ceremoniously vetoed the bill, HF 2738, Monday, April 9th. Acknowledging he does not have the power to actually stop the the question from the ballot, the governor said he was exercising his authority to either sign or veto a bill sent to him by the legislature, thereby urging Minnesotans to reject the proposed amendment at the polls in November.
A coalition announced a statewide effort to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to present a government-issued photo identification before their ballot is counted. Voters in the 2012 general election will decide whether Minnesota's constitution should be amended to include the requirement. Groups joining the coalition include the Minnesota AFL-CIO, the Minnesota Farmers Union, the League of Women Voters, the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) and TakeAction Minnesota. The press conference announcing the campaign was held at the Capitol Thursday, April 12th.
At a public ceremony, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill allowing county attorneys and their assitant attorneys to carry handguns while on duty. The bill, carried by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, extends the state's gun permit law to the public attorneys who faced restrictions while working. The ceremony was held in the Governor's Reception Room Thursday, April 12th.
House Speaker Kurt Zellers, Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, and Governor Mark Dayton talk with the media about their private discussions concerning tax changes, capital improvement projects and a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The three issues remain before the legislature, which is hoping to adjourn by April 30th, 2012. The leadership and Governor Dayton met with the media separately Friday, April 13th.
Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, and Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, hold a press conference to discuss details about a resolution urging the federal government to find a way to allow banks to provide money transfers to the Horn of Africa.
Senator Keith Langseth, former chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee and a state legislator since 1974, talks about his years in the Minnesota Senate.
Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill designed to protect vulnerable adults. Under the new law, a person who intentionally abuses or neglects a vulnerable adult could face a felony charge. The bill signing ceremony took place in the Capitol Wednesday, April 18th. Following the ceremony, Governor Dayton provides his perspective on the possibility of enacting a law to fund a Minnesota Vikings stadium and a bonding bill.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Art Rooney, Jr., of the Pittsburg Steelers, met with Governor Dayton and legislative leaders to urge a decision on the funding of a Vikings stadium. Following their Friday, April 20th, meeting, they met with the media.
On this week's Capitol Report, Julie Bartkey talks with Senate Transportation Committee Chair Joe Gimsie, R-Willmar, about adding a MnPass lane to I-35E. Plus, Senate Environment and Natural Resources Chair Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, tells why anglers and hunters should pay more for their licenses. After serving over three decades in the Minnesota Legislature, Senator Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, reflects on his career. Plus, a look at some of the ongoing issues at the Capitol.
Replacing the late Sen. Gary Kubly after his passing from ALS, newly elected Senator Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, discusses his transition from the House with only weeks before session is expected to end.
Senator Claire Robling, R-Jordan, discusses her decision to leave the Minnesota Senate, her role as the first female chair of the Finance Committee, and her advice to future lawmakers.
Governor Mark Dayton, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen called upon House Speaker Kurt Zellers to take up the bill financing a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium. The group met with the media Saturday, April 28th. Also during the media availability, Governor Dayton outlines what he believes needs to be done to secure a bonding bill during the remaining days of session.
House GOP leaders met with the media Saturday, April 28th, to outline their priorities for completing the session's work and their intentions of passing a bill providing business tax incentives, capital improvements and a Vikings stadium.
On this week's Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with two Senators hoping to make a difference before leaving public office. Senator Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel, reflects on his career and explains why he is working to ease restrictions on fireworks. Senate Education Chair Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista, talks in-depth on educational reform efforts and gains, plus she offers advice to future committee members. In contrast, newly-elected Senator Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, looks ahead to his Senate career. Plus, the program recaps some of the bigger issues of the week.
Citing it as one of the major achievements of the 2012 session, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the omnibus health and human services bill during a ceremony held Monday, April 30th. The bill restores $18 million dollars to several health and human services programs, which faced reductions as part of the 2011 session budget negotiations. In particular, the program delays the personal care attendant rate reductions; restores funding to the Emergency Medial Assistance Program; and allows people with disablities to remain in the workforce past age 65 and receive Medicaid.
Governor Mark Dayton official signed into law the omnibus education bill, HF 2949, sponsored by Sen. Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista. Enacted into law are a variety of education policy changes, including allowing students in grade 10 to take career and technical courses at the Univerity of Minnesota, Minnesota State Colleges and University Sytem (MnSCU) and other Minnesota post-secondary insitutions. Also, teachers who are on military leave will receive their full salary under the new law. Following the bill signing, Governor Mark Dayton answered questions about the end-of-session negotiations with GOP leaders
GOP leaders announced Tuesday, May 1st, a new state financing approach to help build a Vikings stadium. Under the plan, the state would sell general obligation bonds for infrastructure development. According to House Majority Leader Matt Dean, road and sewer improvements and other infrastructure work could total 25 percent of the project.
GOP leaders announced Tuesday, May 1st, a new state financing approach to help build a Vikings stadium. Under the plan, the state would sell general obligation bonds for infrastructure development. According to House Majority Leader Matt Dean, road and sewer improvements and other infrastructure work could total 25 percent of the project.
Lester Bagley of the Minnesota Vikings responds to media questions regarding news of a revamped stadium proposal providing infrastructure funding via general obligation bonds.
Governor Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen meet with the media Wednesday, May 2nd, about the revised stadium plan announced by GOP leaders. Under the GOP plan, the state would sell general obligation bonds for infrastructure development in preparation for a stadium. According to House Majority Leader Matt Dean, road and sewer improvements and other infrastructure work could total 25 percent of the project.
In this Session Update, GOP legislative leaders talk with the media about their meeting with Governor Dayton and DFL leaders on alternative stadium funding proposals. Following, Governor Mark Dayton and DFL leaders answer media questions. The meeting between the Governor and legislative leaders resulted from Tuesday's announcement of a GOP plan to sell general obligation bonds for infrastructure development in preparation for a stadium. According to House Majority Leader Matt Dean, road and sewer improvements and other infrastructure work could total 25 percent of the project.
GOP leaders presented their plans to vote on the proposed $975 million stadium plan relying on electronic pull tabs for state contributions to the project. The leaders met with the media Thursday, May 3rd. Also, they announced their plans to pass a nearly $500 million dollar bonding bill, which includes funding to continue exterior repair on the State Capitol.
GOP leaders respond to Governor Mark Dayton's veto of the tax bill.
Sen. Julia Rosen, R-Fairmont, and stakeholders in the Vikings stadium bill, meet with the media days before the House is scheduled to vote on the bill.
Governor Mark Dayton met with the media Friday, May 4th to announce his veto of the omnibus tax bill. Approved by the House and Senate, the bill would have provided a variety of business tax incentives, including holding firm the statewide business property tax. The measure, HF 2337, sponsored by Senate Tax Chair Julianne Ortman, also included tax credits for research and development and tax incentives for investments in developing companies. Furthermore, homeowners facing rising property taxes would have found relief through increased property tax refunds.
This week on Capitol Report. Governor Mark Dayton signs the Health and Human Services bill into law. Senator David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, and Senator John Marty, DFL-Roseville, explain what the bill means to Minnesotans, and give their views on a health care compact bill that was vetoed by the governor. Also on this week's program, Claire Robling, R-Jordan, discusses her 16 year career in the Senate, and why it's time to step away.
Senator Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, and Representative Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, reflect on their work to secure passage of the bill financing a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis.
Amid the cheers and singing of "Skol, Vikings", Governor Mark Dayton, legislative leaders and key stakeholders celebrate the passage of the bill financing a new stadium in Minneapolis. Earlier in the day, the Senate sent the Governor the measure on a 36 to 30 vote. Under the plan, agreement results in the Vikings contributing $477 million to the project, which is $50 million more than originally planned. The City of Minneapolis would provide $150 million dollars to the project, and the state of Minnesota would contribute $348 million dollars. The state share will largely be raised through new electronic pull-tabs and electronic bingo games.
Retiring state senators reflect on their time spent serving in the Minnesota Senate.
Reviewing the 2012 Session: Senate Majority Leader David Senjem sits down with Julie Bartkey to review the successes and failures of the 2012 legislative session. Also, Governor Mark Dayton meets with the media to offer his comments on the legislative session.
This week, the legislature wraps up the 2012 legislative session on the heels of passing the Vikings stadium bill. Host Julie Bartkey looks at the past week's activites and talks with several Senators about the success and failures of the 2012 session.
Governor Mark Dayton signs the $975 million stadium bill, Tuesday, May 15th, before a vocal crowd in the State Capitol rotunda. Both supporters and opponents of the legislation expressed their viewpoints throughout the nearly twenty minute ceremony. The governor, legislative authors of the bill, Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, and the owners of the Minnesota Vikings, Zygi and Mark Wilf, expressed gratitude to all who worked together to bring the stadium bill to a successful conclusion in the legislature.
Senator Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, steps away from public office following the redistricting plan, which dramatically changed her Senate district. In this Inside Perspecitve, Senator Hoffman talks with Julie Bartkey about her two years as a Minnesota Senator.
This week on Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey interviews Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, R-Rochester, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, about the results of the 2012 legislative session. Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, and House Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, offer reporters their perspectives about session results, and retiring State Senator Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, reflects on her service in the Minnesota Senate.
United States Senator Al Franken held a field hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Wednesday, May 30th, at the Minnesota State Capitol. The hearing centered around debt collection practices in hospitals across the country and in Minnesota.
Governor Mark Dayton convenes a special meeting of the Executive Council to discuss a DNR request to approve the issuance of non-ferrous metallic minerals leases.
On this week's program, Julie Bartkey sits down with DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius to gauge the impact of recent legislation on their respective departments. She also talks with local boaters and anglers about the impact of pending license fee increases and halting the spread of invasive species.
Minnesota's most prominent public building, the State Capitol, is among the premier items in the 2012 capital improvements bill. On this week's Capitol Report program, host Julie Bartkey looks into the project as well as other statewide capital improvements with Dept. of Admnistration Commissioner Spencer Cronk, House bonding chair Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, and Labor Union advocate Sen. Kenneth Kelash, DFL-Mpls.
Minneapolis firefighters recently injured in the line of duty speak out about cuts to public safety.
Minneapolis firefighters recently injured in the line of duty speak out about cuts to public safety.
The Legislative Coordinating Commissioner, chaired by Senate President Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, considers a resolution hiring counsel to represent the Legislature in the litigation challenging the proposed voter id consititutional amendment.
The Legislative Coordinating Commissioner, chaired by Senate President Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, considers a resolution hiring counsel to represent the Legislature in the litigation challenging the proposed voter id consititutional amendment.
Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers and Minority Leader Rep. Paul Thissen offer their perspectives on the key messages they will bring to voters this campaign season, including the two ballot initiatives. Julie Bartkey also speaks with U of M Professor Kathryn Pearson for an academic perspective on the campaign season.
Senator Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake, makes a last minute decision not to seek reelection. He talks with Julie Bartkey about his decision and his time in public office.
The debate on the level of state aid to local governments came under fire recently, when several injured Minneapolis firefighters cited recent staff cutbacks as safety hazards. On this week's Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, DFL-Mpls., about the firefighters concern. Plus, Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, who co-chairs a task force examining reform of local government aid (LGA), explains the need to set local funding priorities and explains areas the task force will examine in the coming months. Senator Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake, made a last minute decision not to seek reelection. He talks with Julie about his decision.
With the 4th of July approaching, Capitol Report features several State Capitol memorials honoring men and women who helped shape our state.
In recognition of the one year anniversary of a state government shutdown, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen calls upon future policymakers to avoid budget impasses.
Heavy June rains brought unprecedented flooding to the city of Duluth, and Governor Mark Dayton said a special session will be called late in July or early August. On this week's Capitol Report, Julie Bartkey talks with Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, about the damage and need for recovery funding. Plus, Senate Transportation Chair Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, explains the process for rebuilding Duluth's roads and streets. Also on this week's program, Senate Health and Human Services Chair David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, offers his views on the United States Supreme Court ruling upholding the federal health care law.
Heavy June rains brought unprecedented flooding to the city of Duluth, and Governor Mark Dayton said a special session will be called late in July or early August. On this week's Capitol Report, Julie Bartkey talks with Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, about the damage and need for recovery funding. Plus, Senate Transportation Chair Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, explains the process for rebuilding Duluth's roads and streets. Also on this week's program, Senate Health and Human Services Chair David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, offers his views on the United States Supreme Court ruling upholding the federal health care law.
Several legislators, led by Senate Judiciary Chair Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, announce a lawsuit to halt the title change for the p