by Briana Bierschbach
Published: September 13, 2013
Tags: Ben Jenkins, Bernie Hesse, Frank Ball, Jason Alvey, Joe Atkins, MLBA, Phyllis Kahn, Roger Reinert, Sam Kaplan, Steve Draxkowski, Sunday sales, Tina Liebling
Jason Alvey says he’s tired of mincing his words when it comes to the powerful lobbying forces that have protected a decades-old ban on Sunday alcohol sales in Minnesota.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: March 20, 2013
Tags: Alice Hausman, chris eaton, David Dill, foreclosure, James Metzen, John Pederson, Joyce Peppin, Lyle Koenen, Mark Dayton, Medical Marijuana, Melissa Hortman, Mike Freiberg, MLBA, Pat Garofalo, Patricia Torres Ray, Roger Reinert, Ron Erhardt, Sunday liquor sales, Tim O'Driscoll, Tim Pawlenty, wolf hunt
For many lobbyists, working the Legislature is as much about the bills they are able to stop as the bills they are able to pass. That’s why Friday’s final deadline for policy measures to pass through committees in both chambers will be cause for either celebration or relief for Minnesota’s Capitol lobbying corps.
The fiscal news about electronic pulltabs was tucked away on Page 15 of the state’s November economic forecast. In two plainspoken paragraphs, the document’s authors noted that the devices, slated to generate the state’s $348 million portion of funding for a new Vikings stadium, had taken in only about half of the money projected by this point.
Published: December 19, 2012
Tags: Affordable Car Act, Alice Hausman, Bob Vanasek, bonding, Brad Nelson, Brenda Cassellius, Brian Rice, campaign finance, Carlos Mariani, Chris Radatz, Cook Girard, David Dill, Education, Jason Metsa, Jeff Howe, Jim Carlson, John Marty, John Tuma, Kerry Gauthier, Legacy, Liz Doyle, Mark Dayton, Mark Ritchie, MLBA, MSOP, PolyMet, Ron Elwood, Sandy Pappas, SEIU, Steve Simon, Tina Liebling, Tom Rukavina, Tony Cornish, Tony Lourey, Transportation, unions, Warren Limmer
The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.
by Paul Demko
Published: March 9, 2012
Tags: Chris Gerlach, Dave Senjem, Four Firkins, Jason Alvey, Joe Bagnoli, John Howe, liquor, MLBA, Phyllis Kahn, Sandy Pappas, Steve Simon, Surly bill, Tom Agnes
The so-called Surly bill was among the most high-profile accomplishments of the 2011 legislative session. That legislation allowed breweries to operate bars on their premises.