State budget officials are looking at emergency options to avoid short-term borrowing before the fiscal year ends on June 30.Read More »
Whether Pawlenty overstepped his authority or not, Minnesota's still facing an additional $1.2 billion deficit in the current budget cycle.
This means that many interest groups that might have challenged the governor's budgetary authority are reticent about getting involved in litigation.
Last week's court ruling against his unilateral budget cuts notwithstanding, all of the $2.7 billion in unallotments announced last summer by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty are expected to be completed by mid-month.Read More »
It isn't hard to explain why Larry Pogemiller is PIM's legislator of the year. In 2009 the Senate majority leader stared into the teeth of an economic crisis unlike any since the Great Depression and, alone among the Capitol's leadership troika, proposed a pain-for-everybody solution that would have erased most of the $5 billion-plus in continuing deficits that the state now figures to confront again in 2011.Read More »
It might be a little unkind to say members of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council were flying by the seat of their pants as they cobbled together recommendations for 2009 conservation projects to be funded by the dedicated sales tax that Minnesota voters passed in the 2008 general election. But the process of recommending $56 million in projects to lawmakers for 2010 is going much more smoothly than the council's inaugural year.Read More »
The Minnesota News Council has ruled that MinnPost did not act inappropriately by utilizing anonymous sources for a story asserting that the DFL party was about to be fined $50,000 for campaign finance violations.Read More »
Political blogs have been abuzz in the last 24 hours with speculation that U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson might not seek re-election in 2010. But Peterson, who hosted a fundraiser yesterday, says the speculation is groundless.Read More »
So far this fall, Stinson's bad deficit news hasn't added too much worry about the state's ability to repay its debts, according to Kimberly Lyon, an analyst monitoring Minnesota for Moody's Investor Service.Read More »
Cash strapped legislators will consider racino in 2010.Read More »
A political action committee formed by a group of Democratic operatives has targeted a group of five "right-wing zealots" in the U.S. House whom they hope to help defeat in the 2010 election, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota's congressional lightning rod, has made the cut.Read More »