TC Weekend | Get into the swing of spring with the Saint Paul Art Crawl and more!

TC Weekend is back, a sure sign of spring! We've selected a few choice events to help you ease into the season. From Earth Day cleanups and One Day in the Twn Cities to literary readings and art showings, there's plenty on tap to help you get out and about this weekend!


Minnesota House medical marijuana people's whip count

The Minnesota legislature reconvenes Tuesday, April 22, and will scramble to conclude business by May 19. One high profile issue, the legalization of medical marijuana, enjoys overwhelming popular support, according to recent polling.


House, Senate conferees start budget deliberations

Rep. Lyndon Carlson, Sr., chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, second from left, and Sen. Richard Cohen, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, second from right, listen as House and Senate staff begin a comparison of the supplemental budget bills, during the first meeting of the conference committee April 22. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

As the conferees for the supplemental budget bill began their work on Tuesday night, the House and Senate chairs had a sense of déjà vu.


Minnesota mulls swimming lessons for all public school students

Hannah Lieder testifies before the House Education Policy Committee April 22 in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Karen Clark, right, that would require aquatic instruction in public schools. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Swimming lessons for children in Minnesota are issues of wellness, civil rights and survival, said Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Mpls).


Omnibus energy bill passes House, heads for Senate

Additional aid for low-income electricity customers, added protections for propane purchasers and a loan repayment program for homeowners who want to make energy-efficient improvements are among measures included in an omnibus energy bill passed Tuesday off the House floor.


Budget priorities shaping up

Legislators begin meeting today to reach agreement on what portion of the $1.2 billion projected surplus to invest in better education, improved health and a strong state road system.

The supplemental budget conference committee starts today to work out the differences between Governor Dayton’s supplemental budget and the House and Senate budget proposals, which are housed in House File 3172 (with some additional Senate transportation funding in Senate File 2859).


Collateral costs: Racial disparities and injustice in Minnesota's marijuana laws

Blacks in Minnesota are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, one of the nation’s highest disparities, according to FBI statistics. Our latest report finds these disproportionate arrest rates further exacerbate equity gaps for individuals and neighborhoods in communities of color.


Demand versus need in Minnesota's oil pipelines

The Midwest and Great Lakes are quickly becoming a hub for transporting and refining one of the world’s dirtiest and most destructive fossil fuels on the planet: tar sands oil.


Sand, land and land stewardship

For longer than I can remember, my family has taken the same route from our farm in southeast Minnesota to visit my grandparents in north-central Wisconsin. The first leg of the four-hour trip takes us across the Mississippi River and through the farmland, pastures and rolling, wooded hills of Trempealeau and Jackson Counties. The landmarks and scenery along every mile of the route have become deeply familiar to us over countless trips in all seasons.


License plate reader issue coming to a head at Legislature

A license plate reader (LPR) that many Minnesota law enforcement agencies have and the data it collects can know where you were five days, five weeks, five months, even 5 years ago. The data the LPR collects and disseminates can be used to get an individuals daily routine down pat. Just review the Star Tribune articles about former Mayor R.T. Rybak and reporter Eric Roper.

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