At Issue with Tom Hauser

Chief Political Reporter Tom Hauser hosts "At Issue" every Sunday at 10 a.m. on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in the Twin Cities "At Issue" covers politics and current events - with original reporting and commentary - throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, greater Minnesota and the country at large.


4/22: Time Running Out on Tax Plan, Jeff Johnson In Studio

Time is running short for Governor Dayton and state lawmakers to reach agreement on how to conform Minnesota's tax code to the new federal tax law. Failing to reach an agreement could result in thousands of Minnesotans having their taxes go up, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Our series of interviews with candidates running for Minnesota governor continues this week with Jeff Johnson. Johnson, a Hennepin County Commissioner, was the GOP nominee for governor in 2014, but lost to Governor Dayton. He is running again in 2018.
00:00:00 4/22/2018

Past Episodes

Between now and mid-May, Tom Hauser will sit down with candidates running for governor in Minnesota. Republican Tim Pawlenty is, of course, no stranger to the governor's office. He served as Minnesota governor from 2003-2011. Now, he's hoping to get back into state politics after an eight year break. The issues and questions keep coming in regards to problems with the state's new licensing and registration system known as MNLARS. This week Republican lawmakers grilled state officials about a decision to use $1.3 million in highway funding to hire more than 25 workers to staff a call center to handle customer complaints about MNLARS.
00:00:00 4/15/2018
Tim Pawlenty wants to be governor of Minnesota again. On Thursday, the Republican entered the 2018 governor's race, where he will try to win a third term in office. Ongoing threats of tariffs between the U.S. and China have many Minnesota farmers on edge. President Trump and China went back and forth this week, threatening to slap tariffs on billions of dollars worth of goods - everything from crops to electronics.
00:00:00 4/8/2018
Vice President Mike Pence made a rare visit to Minnesota this week to promote the Trump administration's newly passed tax cuts. The event at the Minneapolis Convention Center had more of a campaign rally feel to it. Pence said the tax cuts are helping to spur more growth in the economy. Gov. Mark Dayton made a push this week to make one-time funding for pre-kindergarten programs permanent. Last year, the Legislature approved $50 million in one-time funding to offer free pre-k programs across the state. He argues if that funding is not continued, dozens of districts will not be able to offer those programs again.
00:00:00 4/1/2018
On this week's "At Issue," Tom Hauser and political analysts delve into the pressing issues at the State Legislature this session, including funding for MNLARS fixes, gun control and school safety, a bill to improve protections for boat passengers, and much more.
00:00:00 3/25/2018
Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a budget on Friday that accounts for changes in the state economy and federal tax law since the budget was passed last year. A bipartisan group of Minnesota senators unveiled a pair of gun control measures in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last month. One would impose background checks on almost all gun sales and transfers, and the other would require gun owners to report a lost or stolen weapon within two weeks.
00:00:00 3/18/2018
Gov. Mark Dayton announced his plan for school safety and reducing gun violence this week at the State Capitol. Minnesota Weighs in on Possibility of Trump-Kim Meeting A Minnesota woman with ties to North Korea says she feels a range of emotions as leaders from the U.S. and North Korea mull a potential meeting.
00:00:00 3/11/2018
Minnesota budget officials say lawmakers will have a $329 surplus with which to work in the upcoming biennium. However, Republican lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton are split on how to handle it. DFL leaders urge caution while Republicans are expressing optimism. In this week's "Political Insider," Brian McClung, communications director for former governor Tim Pawlenty, says Democrats are generally cautious about the money when it's projected, but at the end of the legislative session seem to want to spend every penny. Some lawmakers want to use the surplus to bring Minnesota's tax law in line with new federal guidelines. Dayton also plans to adjust his budget proposal following news of the surplus. That update is expected later this month.
00:00:00 3/4/2018
Gov. Dayton Likely to Sign Legislative Funding Bill on Monday Minnesota state leaders are now back at the Capitol for the start of the 2018 legislative session. On Thursday, they officially got a "do-over" for a bill vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton last spring that would provide nearly $130 million in funding for legislative operations. Gun Control Debate at the Capitol The gun control debate continues at the State Capitol. Dayton says he supports student efforts pushing for tighter gun control. The governor says he's donating $1,000 to a GoFundMe page paying for Minnesota students who are going to the "March For Our Lives" rally next month in Washington, D.C.
00:00:00 2/25/2018
On Tuesday, lawmakers will return to the State Capitol for the legislative session, a little later in the year than the body typically convenes. The gun control debate is taking center stage again following a mass shooting Wednesday at a south Florida high school. Seventeen people died in the rampage.
00:00:00 2/18/2018
A big announcement Friday from Minnesota 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan. He says he will retire at the end of his term this year and not run for reelection. The 74-year-old Democrat narrowly defeated Republican challenger Stewart Mills in his last two reelection bids in the 8th District, which represents much of northeastern Minnesota and reaches as far south as North Branch. Meanwhile, on Monday, special elections to replace former State Rep. Tony Cornish and former State Sen. Dan Schoen will take place. The two lawmakers stepped down late last year amid sexual misconduct allegations.
00:00:00 2/11/2018

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