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ST. PAUL—U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis on Wednesday, May 2, joined a group of mostly Republican state lawmakers in St. Paul taking aim at the Metropolitan Council, a non-elected regional body that oversees hundreds of millions in spending across the metro.
ST. PAUL — A simple but significant sexual harassment proposal that could affect every workplace in Minnesota moved ahead at the Capitol on Thursday night, April 27, but not everyone is happy about it. A number of employment attorneys and some small business advocates fear the proposal, which allows for a lower legal bar to sue an employer for sexual harassment, could lead to a flood of lawsuits and leave judges without direction.
ST. PAUL—Lobbyists, interns, members of the media and the general public would all be protected from sexual harassment under a proposal poised to be adopted for the Minnesota House Wednesday. In addition, the behavior of House members and employees would not end when they leave the Capitol; the policy would cover them "during any activity that involves legislative business."
ST. PAUL—U.S. Rep. and Democratic candidate for governor Tim Walz released his 2017 personal income tax returns Thursday, April 19, using the occasion to urge Republican candidates, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, to do the same.
ST. PAUL—Three million times each day, hackers probe the state of Minnesota's computer systems, which house everything from state workers' social security numbers to driver's license data for millions of residents. And the state isn't doing enough to guard against it, top IT officials said Friday, April 13, as they called for more funds. "We're actually falling behind," said Aaron Call, Minnesota's chief information security officer.
ST. PAUL—Amid the continuing fallout from Minnesota's troubled new computer system for vehicle titles and license plates, lawmakers this week grappled with several sticky issues. • License centers are hurting — and they say they need a lot more money than lawmakers are proposing. • Information technology officials are under fire for a $2.5 million office reorganization while they were pleading for money to fix the system.
ST. PAUL—More than eight months after it was launched, Minnesota's troubled computer system for vehicle titles and license plates continues to overwhelm the state's customer service center. Most callers get a busy signal, and most emails take days — or weeks — for a response. The volume — hundreds of thousands of calls each month — is staggering. Officials are scrambling to hire more than two dozen temporary workers as a stopgap.
ST. PAUL—Tim Pawlenty served as Minnesota governor from 2003 to 2011, a period that included, well, a lot. And how easy it is to forget. Now that's he wants to be governor again, here's a review of some of the major issues he faced or accomplished during his tenure, from the onset of the Great Recession to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. Post-Ventura hangover
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is urging President Donald Trump to reconsider his recent decision that could force potentially thousands of Liberians living here to leave the country. On Tuesday, March 27, Trump decided not to renew special protections afforded to Liberians that have allowed them to legally live in the United States for decades. Trump's decision gives the affected people — estimated somewhere between 900 and 4,000 — until March 31, 2019.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota House Republicans want to spend $50 million to help make schools safer from violence. The plan, announced Thursday, March 29, significantly overlaps with a $21 million proposal by Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, suggesting that agreement is possible — on measures that don't include gun control. $50M GOP plan The Republicans' plan draws from an assemblage of proposals working their way through the Legislature that include physical security as well as mental health, threat assessment and suicide prevention.