Rep. Jim Abeler's 22-year-old son Josiah, a student at Bethel College, suffered a seizure and died in his bed Wednesday night.
The centerpiece of "Reform 2.0" is a constitutional amendment to require a supermajority in both chambers to raise taxes. House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Majority Leader Matt Dean, surrounded by more than a dozen caucus companions in a Thursday news conference, gave few other specifics of what the plan would entail.
In an unusual move at this point in the legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton addressed a joint GOP caucus meeting to talk to the more than 100 Republican legislators about how to solve the $5 billion budget deficit with just days left in the regular session.
Republican Rep. Mark Buesgens was stopped by police Wednesday evening after having a drink in St. Paul, a possible violation of his probation from a drunk driving arrest late last year.
House Republican leadership revealed their chamber's budget targets Thursday, promising tax cuts to low and middle income Minnesotans while heavily cutting spending in health and human services, aid to cities and counties and higher education.
After more than one hour of debate, the state House passed Republican's $1 billion budget-cutting bill as they attempt to take a bite out of a historict $6.2 billion deficit.
The rosters round out the complete picture of what the committee structure, under the new Republican majority, will look like come January.
In an appearance on MPR’s Midday program on Monday, Zellers said his caucus would not rush legislation through in the event that the gubernatorial recount drags past session start and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the holdover chief executive. He later released a clarification statement saying they would work with whoever is governor to pass a budget by the time the Legislature is required to adjourn.
This chart shows six major party units' fundraising and spending action in the current year and for the same period in the last major election year.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: July 20, 2010
Tags: 2010 legislative primaries, 2010 legislative races, Amy Koch, Andy Pomroy, House DFL caucus, House GOP Caucus, Matt Dean, Mike Kennedy, Senate DFL caucus, Senate GOP Caucus
With the Aug. 10 primary only weeks away and the general election campaign season about to kick off in full, the Minnesota House and Senate caucuses have been putting their election point people to work to support endorsed candidates.