Minnesota in focus: Citizens League recommends St. Paul explore nonprofit donations to city budget
Watchdog News | September 07, 2017
Minneapolis StarTribune: Citizens League recommends St. Paul explore nonprofit donations to city budget The city of St. Paul should see if owners of tax-exempt properties will voluntarily kick money into the city’s budget, but not rely on those donations to solve financial challenges, a prominent local civics organization recommended Wednesday. The advice from the Citizens League followed a months […]
Minnesota in focus: Sen. Franken will not back Trump’s pick for 8th Circuit Court
Watchdog News | September 06, 2017
Minneapolis StarTribune: Sen. Franken will not back Trump’s pick for 8th Circuit Court U.S. Sen. Al Franken will not back a Minnesota Supreme Court justice who is President Donald Trump’s pick for a federal judgeship. Franken, D-Minn., announced Tuesday that he will oppose the nomination of Justice David Stras to the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of […]
Minnesota governor, legislature go head-to-head over veto power
Dominic Lynch | September 06, 2017
Republican legislators in Minnesota have accused the Democratic governor of trying to eliminate a coequal branch of government by withholding its funding, arguing that preventing the legislature from paying its bills amounts to cutting it out of the government altogether. Gov. Mark Dayton claims that his veto authority is clearly stated in the state constitution […]
Minnesota in focus: Fast food workers strike and rally on Labor Day in St. Paul for $15 minimum wage
Watchdog News | September 05, 2017
Twin Cities Pioneer Press: Fast food workers strike and rally on Labor Day in St. Paul for $15 minimum wage About 200 fast food workers and community supporters rallied for a strike Monday morning to push for a $15 minimum wage. “Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages super sized,” attendees chanted, according to […]
Minnesota in focus: Judge quashes petition to force Mayor Hodges to publish detailed budget
Watchdog News | September 01, 2017
Minneapolis StarTribune: Judge quashes petition to force Mayor Hodges to publish detailed budget Judge Mary Vasaly on Thursday quashed a petition to force Mayor Betsy Hodges to publish a detailed budget as soon as possible, a vindication for the mayor that settles a dispute she called frivolous and politically motivated. Hodges filed a summary of her […]
Minnesota in focus: Judge: DNR allowed over-pumping of White Bear Lake’s aquifer
Watchdog News | August 31, 2017
Minnesota Public Radio: Judge: DNR allowed over-pumping of White Bear Lake’s aquifer A Ramsey County judge Wednesday issued a stinging rebuke to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources over its management of White Bear Lake. The east metro lake dropped to a record low in 2013, prompting a lawsuit by citizens’ groups. They argued the over-pumping […]
Minnesota in focus: What if Dayton wins? Tough choices would await lawmakers
Watchdog News | August 30, 2017
Minnesota Public Radio: What if Dayton wins? Tough choices would await lawmakers Heading into Monday’s Supreme Court hearing on Gov. Mark Dayton’s appeal, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, was confident the Legislature would prevail. The next day, after reflecting on the 80 minutes of oral arguments, Gazelka was having doubts. “I hope in the end […]
Minnesota in focus: A dozen east-metro districts putting school levies before voters this fall
Watchdog News | August 29, 2017
Twin Cities Pioneer Press: A dozen east-metro districts putting school levies before voters this fall A dozen east-metro school districts are asking voters this fall to renew existing levies or provide new funding for school operations, facilities improvements and classroom technology. Odd-year elections are popular for school levies, and this year there are 18 tax requests […]
Minnesota in focus: State Supreme Court hears arguments over legislative budget veto
Watchdog News | August 28, 2017
Twin Cities Pioneer Press: State Supreme Court hears arguments over legislative budget veto There will be a heavyweight championship battle for the ages in a Minnesota Capitol courtroom on Monday. In one corner: Democratic-Farmer-Labor Gov. Mark Dayton, who vetoed funding for the Minnesota House and Senate for the next two years. In the other: the Republican-led […]
Minnesota in focus: Minneapolis Fed president: Fracking better than Twitter
Watchdog News | August 25, 2017
Eden Prairie News: Minneapolis Fed president: Fracking better than Twitter Fracking has been better for the American economy than cellphones and social media, said the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. While talking about what spurs economic growth, Neel Kashkari said advances in technology this century so far pale compared to the last one. […]