The wide-ranging legislation would impose a firm cutoff on what families can earn, institute drug testing and disqualify families in which any member has had a drug offense within the past 10 years. A Republican committee chairman tells MinnPost the bill is meant to "tighten up" the state's public assistance programs "so money is being directed in the way it is intended." But critics say it's "criminalizing the poor" and call it "mean-spirited" and "demeaning."
Fire departments decry drivers running over hoses, endangering crews
It happened in two separate Northland cities this week.
All Energy Solar reaches growth milestones with higher goals yet for 2022
Minnesota solar company continues to thrive through building a strong workforce
Authorities ID family found frozen to death at MN-Canada border
They're still trying to unravel how they got there and who might have helped them.
Mayo Clinic specialist: 'The omicron surge is not over'
Experts expect a rapid decline over the next month followed a period of calm.
Charges: Man in stolen Jeep leads police on 110 mph chase
He crashed into a light post near the Capitol and then fled on foot, the complaint says.
Puppy in back of stolen Audi found, reunited with owner
The 4 1/2-month-old bullmastiff had been missing more than a week.
WI's best 'hole-in-the-wall' diner is Guy Fieri-approved
Come for the "garbage pile," stay for ... even more breakfast food.
Minnesota's pre-pro women's soccer team unveils name, logo
The new name and look was unveiled after community owners voted on a winner.
21 people charged in connection to drug trafficking in northern MN
Police say the organization sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl in northern Minnesota.
MN's 'best hole-in-the-wall diner' is, sadly, currently closed
MSN recently published its pick for best diner in each state.
MN apartment complex loses heat, nearly 150 residents evacuated
A boiler problem caused the heating issue.
Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, January 27
Cases remain very high but hospitalizations have been plateaued for the past week.
Bill to legalize firecrackers, bottle rockets moves forward
The bill's chief author, Rep. John Kriesel, says he thinks opponents are blowing the risks out of proportion. Rep. Tina Liebling, a Rochester Democrat who has spoken out against the bill, says she worries children could get hurt or killed.
Dayton shreds tort reform bills
Gov. Dayton on Friday vetoed four tort reform bills that came out of the Republican-controlled Legislature. Dayton charged that they were actually produced by the ultra-conservative national group known as ALEC. Republicans, who say the bills will improve the state's business climate, shot back at the governor, with Sen. David Senjem saying "It's time to put the spears down."
Bill allowing more use of guns to defend homes moves forward at Capitol
The measure would give homeowners more leeway to use deadly force against intruders. Its critics include police departments, who worry it would put officers at risk. The bill is headed for the Senate floor after being approved by a committee.
Abortion bills advance at Capitol
The House and Senate passed separate bills that would place new restrictions on abortion providers. One bill would require a doctor to be present when a patient takes the abortion medication, RU-486. The other would require abortion providers to have licenses and be subject to random inspections.
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