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Sep 13, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Biden's vaccine rule to affect 1.4 million private workers statewide

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About 1.4 million Minnesota workers at private businesses would fall under President Biden's new vaccination mandate.

Driving the news: Biden announced on Thursday that private employers with 100 or more workers would need to require their workers to be vaccinated, or test them once a week.

Separately, Biden and Gov. Tim Walz issued orders requiring many federal and state workers to get vaccinated.

Sep 13, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Power shifts in St. Paul as Senate Democrats and GOP pick new leaders

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, State House Speaker Melissa Hortman and State Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller. Photo courtesy of Walz's administration and the Minnesota Legislature

There's a changing of the guard underway at the Minnesota Senate — and the outcome could impact policy and politics for years to come.

What's happening: Senate Republicans picked Jeremy Miller of Winona as the next caucus head in a private meeting last week, after Sen. Paul Gazelka stepped down to run for governor.

  • Senate Democrats, meanwhile, meet Monday to select a successor to Minority Leader Susan Kent, following her decision to retire from the Legislature at the end of her term. Sens. Melissa Lopez Franzen of Edina, Nick Frentz of Mankato and John Marty of Roseville are contenders.

Why it matters: Leaders serve as the face of the caucus, helping set their party's messaging strategy and legislative agenda.

  • As majority leader, Miller will be at the negotiating table with Gov. Tim Walz and House Speaker Melissa Hortman to broker deals in the politically divided Legislature.
Sep 13, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

State tax returns are coming, but Minnesotans could still wait weeks

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

State tax refunds for Minnesotans who received enhanced unemployment benefits or Paycheck Protection Program loans during the pandemic should start hitting bank accounts as soon as this week.

The backdrop: The Minnesota Legislature struck a deal this summer to exempt income residents made from the two relief programs from state taxes.