President Barack Obama continues to pressure Congress for speedy action on the $900 billion economic stimulus package.Today, the White House released more information on how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will affect each state. Here’s the Minnesota section: AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT PLAN: THE IMPACT FOR Minnesota The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan is Read more

There were plenty of stories today detailing the DFL reaction to Gov. Pawlenty’s plan for long-term borrowing as a means of reducing the state’s budget deficit. Pawlenty wants to borrow $1 billion and pay it back from future annual tobacco payments (the Star Tribune, the Pi Press and MinnPost all have stories from the committee Read more

Those end-of-session encampments outside the governor’s office, with Capitol reporters and lobbyists dutifully waiting for news from the closed-door budget talks, could become a distant memory under a proposed change to Minnesota’s open meetings law. Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, is sponsoring legislation that would require public access to any meeting involving the governor and House Read more

A Republican legislator wants to provide college scholarships to students who graduate early from Minnesota high schools. Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, says his Early Graduation Achievement Act would help make college more affordable for participants. Under the bill, a student could get $2,500 for every semester they avoid by graduating early, with a maximum scholarship Read more