ST PAUL -- Minnesota's finances are faring better than they appeared at the end of the state Legislature's 2019 special session, according to state financiers -- but that doesn't mean the state's high note will sustain forever. The Minnesota Management and Budget released an updated fiscal year 2020-21 biennium revenue forecast on Thursday, Dec. 5. Thanks to improved revenues and decreased spending, MMB Commissioner Myron Frans said the state is projected to see a surplus of $1.3 billion in the biennium.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota Department of Education report shows that American Indian students in Minnesota still face a persistent achievement gap compared to their white peers.
ST PAUL — To combat the "devastating effects of climate change," Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is establishing a subcabinet and advisory council in order to meet Minnesota's emissions reduction goals.
ST PAUL — In 2018's midterm elections, across the country women ran for and were elected to public office in record numbers. Currently, there are more women serving in state legislatures, statewide offices and U.S. Congress than ever before. In the Midwest, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem snagged the title of South Dakota's first female governor. Minnesota's Democratic Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan became the first woman of color elected to statewide office, and the second Native American woman ever elected to statewide office nationwide.
MINNEAPOLIS — When Jack Richter was 22 years old, his world "came crashing down." Richter, a student at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, had come out as gay to his mother. Soon after, he said his half-sister sat down beside him at home and opened her Bible, in which she had highlighted some verses. "She told me that I was a reprobate, that I was deviant, (...) that I would not inherit the Kingdom of God," Richter told the packed Minneapolis City Council chamber on Nov. 18. "She told me that I would burn in hell."
ST. PAUL — A newly released report has found that hundreds of indigenous women have gone missing or murdered in the U.S. Northern Plains region, including both North Dakota and South Dakota, since 1900. But in reality, that number could be in the thousands.
MINNEAPOLIS — Months after the Minnesota Legislature failed to pass a bill banning so-called conversion therapy for young LGBTQ+ Minnesotans, the Minneapolis City Council has passed its own ban, hoping to send a message to state legislators.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite historic wins in the 2018 election, the political playing field is "far from a point of parity" between male and female candidates, according to an expert on gender dynamics in politics. Speaking at the University of Minnesota on Thursday, Nov. 21, Kelly Dittmar of Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics said women ran for and were elected to office in record numbers in 2018, but those gains "didn't upend" the barriers that still persist for female candidates and officeholders.
ST PAUL — In a national report measuring cities and municipalities' equity in laws for LGBTQ+ residents, eight Minnesota cities have collectively earned a score above the national average.
ST PAUL — More than seven months after the U.S. House voted to reauthorize a decades-old law aimed at protecting women from violence, the Minnesota's Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith called it "unacceptable" that the Senate has not taken it up.