Commissioners Skip Minnesota Senate Hearing After Report Shows 1300 Contract Violations Across Agencies

State Sen. Julie Rosen (R-Vernon Center) said she was “very upset” with a pair of commissioners for skipping a Wednesday Senate Finance Committee hearing on contract violations in the Minnesota Department of Human Services and other state agencies.

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Housley Seeks to Overturn New 4000-Hour Training Requirement for Freelance Hair Stylists

State Sen. Karin Housley (R-St. Mary’s Point) urged her colleagues to support a bill that would exempt freelance artists from being required to obtain a full cosmetology license for basic hair and makeup services.

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DFL Lawmakers Applaud Commission for Favoring Five Year Probation Caps in Minnesota

DFL lawmakers are applauding a new policy that would cap probation sentences for nonviolent felony offenders in Minnesota at five years.

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Senate GOP Calls on Gov. Walz to Take Action Against DHS Employees Who Broke State Law

Minnesota Senate Republicans are planning another hearing on the state’s chronically dysfunctional Department of Human Services, this time on new reports about the agency’s use of “illegal contract and spending practices.”

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Informal State Fair Polls Show Broad Support for Liberal Policies

Two annual Minnesota State Fair polls released Tuesday show broad support for progressive policy initiatives in the state, including driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants and an end to abortion bans.

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Minnesota’s Department of Human Services Has Lost $300 Million in Three Years, State Senator Says

State Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake), chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, recently revealed that the Minnesota Department of Human Services has lost more than $300 million in the last three years, either “by error or fraud.”

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DHS Employee Tells Story of ‘Retaliation’ During Explosive Minnesota DHS Hearing

The Minnesota Senate hosted Tuesday the first of what will be an ongoing series of hearings on the issues facing the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS).

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Walz Open to Calling Special Session to Address Gun Control

Gov. Tim Walz has called on the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate to hold hearings on gun-control measures during a “mini-session” scheduled for the fall or even as early as next week.

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Walz Asks Senate Republicans to ‘Suspend’ Effort Seeking Information on Fraud in Government

Gov. Tim Walz has asked Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) to “suspend” a Senate Republican effort seeking information on “abusive or fraudulent behavior” in the state government.

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Karin Housley Challenger Touts Award from High School in Announcing Bid

  Sean Ryan, a Lake Elmo resident and former journalist, announced this week that he will seek the DFL endorsement in the race against Sen. Karin Housley for the Senate District 39 seat. In announcing his candidacy, Ryan touted the fact that when he was in high school—more than 20…

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