An expected wave of state legislative retirements is starting to swell ahead of the 2022 election.
What's happening: Sixteen state legislators have already announced that they won't seek re-election in November, per announcements and a tally kept by the Legislative Reference Library.
- DFL Rep. Shelly Christensen of Stillwater and GOP Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria became the latest additions to the 2022 retirement list last week.
Why it matters: Retirements create open races that could reshape the Legislature with new voices.
The race to run Minnesota's elections is already attracting serious money.
Driving the news: Secretary of State Steve Simon raised $397,000 for his re-election bid in 2021, a spokesman told Axios, significantly outpacing recent campaigns for the state's top election official.
- The incumbent Democrat entered 2022 with more than $450,000 in his campaign account.
Several progressive Minneapolis City Council members are making a strict rent control ordinance their first big to-do at City Hall.
Why it matters: 53% of voters approved a ballot measure last November giving the new City Council power to enact some kind of rent control ordinance.
A Minneapolis City Council with seven new members began the process of governing Monday after electing a new president, Andrea Jenkins, and a new vice president, Linea Palmisano.
Why it matters: The council, which had its power weakened by voters in November, will deal with a shortage of affordable housing, rising crime and fractured police-community relations.
Former congressional candidate Kendall Qualls is running for Minnesota governor.
State of play: Qualls joins a full field of Republicans vying to take on DFL Gov. Tim Walz in November.
State Sen. Paul Gazelka won the Minnesota Republican Party's gubernatorial race straw poll over the weekend.
Why it matters: The straw poll of GOP delegates gives some indication of how party activists who will influence the endorsements are leaning in the competitive gubernatorial race right now.
Yes, but: A bigger universe of Republican delegates votes for the actual endorsement next year. And being straw poll frontrunner isn't a lock for the nomination — someone else won the primary in at least the last three elections. In 2018, the victor ended his campaign a month later.
Get ready for a gold rush at the Minnesota State Capitol.
What's new: State budget officials are projecting a record $7.7 billion surplus — meaning there's loads of cash for lawmakers to spend in the upcoming legislative session and beyond.
The big picture: The major tension at the politically divided Legislature will be over how much to give back in tax cuts versus spend on new programs.
Minnesota's state economists are now projecting a $7.7 billion surplus for the government's general fund.
Driving the news: The state Department of Management and Budget (MMB) released its updated budget forecast on Tuesday, giving lawmakers and residents a sense of Minnesota's financial health for the next two-year budget.
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