Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press

Christopher Magan

Pioneer Press

Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Christopher:

‘Historic’ changes possible at the Minnesota Legislature — if they can finish in time

Lawmakers have until midnight Sunday to agree on $4 billion worth of tax cuts and $4 billion in new spending. → Read More

Proposed deal eliminates MN taxes on Social Security

Lawmakers also appear ready to boost renter credits, reduce the first tier tax rate. → Read More

Divided Minnesota Legislature intent on working down to the wire

Even with an expected $9.25 billion surplus, Minnesota lawmakers are running out of time to pass legislation that cuts taxes and pays for priority programs. → Read More

Four different omicron coronavirus strains are infecting Minnesotans

The BA.4 and BA.5 strains are believed to be even more contagious than previous versions of omicron. → Read More

MN Supreme Court revives lockdown lawsuit, sets high bar for businesses to get damages

The owner of a wedding venue and restaurant in Millie Lacs County claimed the restrictions amounted to a takeover of his businesses. → Read More

Here’s the $8 billion worth of topics where Minnesota lawmakers need to find common ground – Twin Cities

Minnesota lawmakers need to act fast to find $8 billion worth of bipartisan compromises after leading lawmakers announced a supplemental budget framework Monday. → Read More

MN Senate candidate who left convention in labor, will run in August primary

Erin Maye Quade, who was seeking the DFL endorsement, gave birth to her daughter the day after the convention. → Read More

Walz, top lawmakers, reach bipartisan deal to wrap Minnesota session

The deal would devote $4 billion to tax relief, and another $4 billion to spending on education, public safety and health care. → Read More

3 things Republicans and Democrats could agree on as MN legislative session wraps up

There’s consensus to give some of the budget surplus back to taxpayers and spend some of it on a supplemental budget to address the state’s biggest needs, but lawmakers’ agreement… → Read More

Omicron keeps changing, driving Minnesota’s COVID-19 outbreak – Twin Cities

There were 2,919 new infections reported Friday and the daily average of new cases has grown by roughly 32 percent over the last week. → Read More

MN COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, but critical cases haven’t followed

The rate of deaths also remains low, suggesting less overall risk of severe and fatal infections. → Read More

With record budget surplus, Minnesota lawmakers disagree on how to cut taxes

Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, the Republican-led Senate and the DFL-controlled House hope to find common ground. → Read More

New omicron subvariants found in Twin Cities sewage

The highly-contagious omicron variant BA.2 represents about 97 percent of coronavirus in Twin Cities sewage. → Read More

Gov. Walz and Health Commissioner Malcolm get another booster, urge others to do the same

Minnesotans should expect boosters to become a routine, Walz said outside St. Paul Corner Drug on St. Clair Avenue where he and Malcolm got their shots. → Read More

Burnsville senator suffers ‘medical situation’ during floor debate – Twin Cities

The Minnesota Senate took a brief unplanned recess Tuesday after Burnsville Sen. Lindsey Port suffered an undisclosed medical issue on the chamber floor. → Read More

MN coronavirus cases climb but hospitalizations have yet to follow

Minnesota is back in the high-risk category for new cases, according to the state Department of Health. → Read More

Gov. Tim Walz delivers State of the State address

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is slated to give his fourth State of the State address to members of the Legislature at 6 p.m. Sunday. Watch it here: This is only the second time in Walz’s four-… → Read More

After $111 million and counting, MN health officials say COVID saliva testing paid off

Early in the pandemic, it gave Minnesota one of the best testing rates in the Midwest. → Read More

MN has almost $10.5B saved. Here’s how lawmakers want to spend it. – Twin Cities

The Minnesota Legislature has about a month to answer its $10 billion question. → Read More

COVID-19 booster shots urged as breakthrough cases dominate Minnesota outbreak

About 66 percent of the state’s residents have completed their first doses of coronavirus vaccine and 57 percent of those have received a booster shot. → Read More