The union exhibit at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair left no doubt about labor's No. 1 political goal: raising the state minimum wage. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Higher Wages, Other Laws Coming On Monday

Minnesota’s minimum wage rises August 1 and several new laws will hit the books. The state’s large employers must pay at least $9.50 an hour, while smaller businesses will be required to pay $7.75. Training and youth wages also must be at least $7.75. In 2018, Minnesota minimum wages begin rising annually to match inflation.…
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Minnesota state Sen. Bill Ingebritsen of Alexandria takes a moment away from Senate debate Saturday, May 21, 2016, to talk on the telephone. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Senator, An Ex-Sheriff, Seeks Resolution Against Dayton’s Shooting Comment

A state senator and long-time law enforcement officer wants the Senate to admonish Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton for saying a police officer would not have shot a black St. Paul man had he been white. “He jumps to a conclusion” before the investigation into the July 6 shooting is done, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said…
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U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota listens to health experts give suggestions Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, about how to improve rural health care. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Franken Pushes Bills To Help Rural Health

Rural Minnesota needs medical healing, and U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he has part of a cure. The Minnesota Democrat said Monday that he is pushing three bills to help bring better medical services to rural areas: — One would provide more ways to get to health-care services, including increasing payments to those who provide…
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The days of large cranes and construction workers dominating the Minnesota Capitol will end later this year. A $300 million renovation project is to wrap up by Jan. 1, with construction officials saying the building will look pretty much done in October. The building has been mostly closed for more than a  year. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Political Chatter: Unified Groups Have Clout

People often complain about what their elected officials do, or do not do, but the Catholic Advocacy Network is trying to drive home the point that Minnesotans in general have the real say in government. “Many Catholics are experiencing a sense of political homelessness,” the group said in an email. “Neither major political party seems…
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Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, left, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk share a light moment Friday, July 15, 2016, before heading into negotiations that could lead to a special legislative session. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Governor, Leaders Say They Are Near Special Session Deal

The governor and top two legislative leaders say they tentatively agree to call Minnesota legislators back to St. Paul for a special legislative session the third week in August to pass tax and public works bills, but work remains before that can happen. After meeting two hours in private, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton; Senate Majority…
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