Crowd at Pride parade 2015

#LoveWins At 2015 Pride Parade

This year’s Pride parade had something extra to celebrate — a U.S. Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality the law in all 50 states. The parade attracted the usual colorful assortment of marchers and floats as well as many politicians.

Legislature Passes “Historic Step Backwards” On Environment

A revolt among Minnesota Senate Democrats failed to stop the passage on an environmental bill early Saturday morning. Debate on the legislation which DFL Sen. Scott Dibble had called a “historic step backwards” for the environment forced what was supposed to be a one day special session into the early hours of Saturday morning.

Your Skin Cleanser Could Be Killing The Environment

Senator John Marty says microplastics and microbeads used in personal products such as skin cleansers are poisoning Minnesota’s environment because they can’t be screened out at water treatment plants. He wants them banned. The bill advanced Tuesday on a voice vote of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Minnesota Workers Celebrate As Gov. Dayton Signs $9.50 Wage Law

Governor Mark Dayton signed the new minimum wage bill into law Monday in a jubilant celebration at the State Capitol that brought waves of emotion to the many groups that worked to see the law passed. The bill affects 375,000 minimum-wage workers in Minnesota, who will see their wages raised to $8 an hour starting in August and to $9.50 in 2016. (More…)

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's Official Photo

Gov Dayton Signs Tax Reductions into Law

Today, Governor Mark Dayton will hold a ceremony to sign HF 79/SF 47 into law. This legislation will provide $13 million in state tax reductions for college students and their parents, teachers, businesses and other tax payers by adopting most federal tax law changes made for the 2010 tax year.