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Torey Van Oot
8 hours ago - News

Minnesota marijuana bill would give buyers plenty of options

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Minnesotans 21 and older would be able to buy marijuana-infused products at breweries, liquor stores, supermarkets and through home delivery services under the recreational cannabis bill moving through the State Capitol.

Why it matters: Supporters say the move, which preserves the state's booming THC seltzer industry, could create a bigger and more accessible market for consumers and business owners.

Torey Van Oot
Jan 28, 2023 - Politics

Minnesota Legislature approves abortion rights bill

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The Minnesota Legislature gave final approval early Saturday to a bill adding the right to abortion to state law.

Driving the news: The legislation, which gives Minnesotans the "fundamental right to make autonomous decisions" about their reproductive health care, passed the state Senate on a party-line 34-33 vote after 15 hours of debate.

Torey Van Oot
Jan 26, 2023 - Politics

Minnesota Legislature passes "Crown Act" banning race-based hair discrimination

Illustration of Black women's faces, showing their natural hair.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Minnesota is set to join a growing number of states that ban racial discrimination related to hairstyles.

Driving the news: The DFL-majority Senate passed the so-called "Crown Act" 45-19 on Thursday. The bill, which cleared the House earlier this month, now heads to Gov. Tim Walz's desk.

Torey Van Oot
Updated Jan 25, 2023 - Politics

Who's running for Minneapolis City Council in 2023

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

All 13 Minneapolis City Council seats will appear on the November 2023 ballot.

Why it matters: Even with the new strong-mayor system of governance, the City Council approves ordinances and the city's budget.

Torey Van Oot
Jan 25, 2023 - Business

Here's what Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's budget proposal means for your bank account

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Gov. Tim Walz's $65.2 billion budget proposal includes big spending increases and new tax credits and checks for millions of Minnesotans.

The big picture: Walz's plan, released in full Tuesday, represents a roughly 25% increase from the current two-year budget. It taps a $17.6 billion surplus to pay for hikes for schools, housing, and more government programs.

Torey Van Oot
Jan 24, 2023 - Politics

What we know about Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's budget proposal so far

Photo illustration of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz with lines radiating from him.

Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will release his full budget proposal Tuesday afternoon, formally kicking off a four-month sprint to pass a spending plan before the Legislature adjourns in May.

Why it matters: The two-year budget, which is ultimately passed by legislators, covers everything from school funding to the availability of EV chargers.

Torey Van Oot
Updated Jan 22, 2023 - Politics

Who's running for St. Paul City Council in 2023

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The 2023 election is set to shake up the St. Paul City Council.

The big picture: Four out of seven seats on the council will be open this November. Departing members include Council President Amy Brendmoen.

Torey Van Oot
Updated Jan 20, 2023 - Politics

Minnesota House passes bill adding abortion rights to state law

Data: Guttmacher Institute; Table: Alice Feng/Axios
Data: Guttmacher Institute; Table: Alice Feng/Axios

Legislation guaranteeing the right to abortion in Minnesota passed the state House on Thursday.

The big picture: Minnesota Democrats have pledged to use their majorities in both chambers to enshrine abortion rights into state law in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

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