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May 20, 2015

Why the 2015 legislative session failed (again)

An archaic and broken budget process, entrenched special interests, and disparate electoral incentives doomed the session before it began.

Apr 29, 2015

Squaring the budget circle

From a nonpartisan perspective, the parties differ over two concepts: what is a surplus and what is an investment.

Mar 25, 2015

GOP budget $2.5B lower than Dayton’s

After House leaders released their budget, Minority Leader Paul Thissen said the DFL will be on alert for use of ‘gimmicks’ or ‘shifts.'

Mar 18, 2015

Dayton plan sets up budget negotiations

Governor’s proposal to spend the $1.9 billion surplus faces resistance from the GOP.

Mar 4, 2015

Surplus is $1.9 billion: Now what?

Lawmakers spent week digesting economic forecast data and planning strategies for the looming budget battle.

Jan 28, 2015

Three-way fight over state’s budget

Gov. Dayton's budget proposal shares few themes with the DFL Senate, let alone GOP House.

Jan 2, 2015

Courts face tough slog at Capitol

Intense competition for budget dollars could make for a disappointing session for the judicial branch, which is seeking a 7.5 percent funding increase — or an additional $45 million — mostly to pay for raises for court personnel after five consecutive years of salary freezes.

Dec 31, 2014

Issues to watch in 2015

Deciding just how to spend — or, indeed, whether to spend — the largest projected surplus since 2007 ought to be complex enough to occupy state politicos’ time for the next five months.

Dec 5, 2014

Leaders approach surplus with caution

The $1 billion surplus is a ‘small cushion’ as the projected $42 billion 2016-17 budget looms ahead.

Jun 11, 2014

Winkler left mark on Session ’14

The 38-year-old Golden Valley representative has emerged as one of the DFL's most outspoken progressives.

Mar 5, 2014

Schultz: What to do with the budget surplus: spend or save?

What to do with the budget surplus is shaping up to be the most contentious issue of the 2014 Minnesota legislative session.

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