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ST. PAUL—U.S. Rep. and Democratic candidate for governor Tim Walz released his 2017 personal income tax returns Thursday, April 19, using the occasion to urge Republican candidates, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, to do the same.
ST. PAUL—Three million times each day, hackers probe the state of Minnesota's computer systems, which house everything from state workers' social security numbers to driver's license data for millions of residents. And the state isn't doing enough to guard against it, top IT officials said Friday, April 13, as they called for more funds. "We're actually falling behind," said Aaron Call, Minnesota's chief information security officer.
ST. PAUL—Amid the continuing fallout from Minnesota's troubled new computer system for vehicle titles and license plates, lawmakers this week grappled with several sticky issues. • License centers are hurting — and they say they need a lot more money than lawmakers are proposing. • Information technology officials are under fire for a $2.5 million office reorganization while they were pleading for money to fix the system.
ST. PAUL—More than eight months after it was launched, Minnesota's troubled computer system for vehicle titles and license plates continues to overwhelm the state's customer service center. Most callers get a busy signal, and most emails take days — or weeks — for a response. The volume — hundreds of thousands of calls each month — is staggering. Officials are scrambling to hire more than two dozen temporary workers as a stopgap.
ST. PAUL—Tim Pawlenty served as Minnesota governor from 2003 to 2011, a period that included, well, a lot. And how easy it is to forget. Now that's he wants to be governor again, here's a review of some of the major issues he faced or accomplished during his tenure, from the onset of the Great Recession to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. Post-Ventura hangover
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is urging President Donald Trump to reconsider his recent decision that could force potentially thousands of Liberians living here to leave the country. On Tuesday, March 27, Trump decided not to renew special protections afforded to Liberians that have allowed them to legally live in the United States for decades. Trump's decision gives the affected people — estimated somewhere between 900 and 4,000 — until March 31, 2019.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota House Republicans want to spend $50 million to help make schools safer from violence. The plan, announced Thursday, March 29, significantly overlaps with a $21 million proposal by Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, suggesting that agreement is possible — on measures that don't include gun control. $50M GOP plan The Republicans' plan draws from an assemblage of proposals working their way through the Legislature that include physical security as well as mental health, threat assessment and suicide prevention.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's simmering civil war of game fish — muskies vs. walleyes — has flared up at the state Capitol. In response to a yearslong state effort to expand muskie stocking, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have proposed a sweeping bill that would turn back the clock on recent victories for muskie fishing enthusiasts.
ST. PAUL—On Tuesday, March 20, leaders in Minnesota's Muslim community marshaled supporters and allies at the state Capitol to push their agenda. Like many groups with concerns, Muslim leaders have organized "Muslim Day" for years. Tuesday's event featured speeches and a rally in the Rotunda before dozens of supporters fanned out to buttonhole lawmakers to press their issues. Supporters also included members of ISAIAH, a politically active coalition of religious organizations often associated with liberal causes.
ST. PAUL—Amazon HQ2 won't be in Minnesota. But not for a lack of trying. On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Seattle-based online retail behemoth publicly announced it wanted to build a 50,000 employee second corporate headquarters in a major North American city and would entertain pitches. The deadline: Oct. 19. And everyone went nuts. Here and around the continent.