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The 10 leading Republican presidential candidates meet in Cleveland this Thursday for the first debate of the 2016 campaign, and many Minnesota conservatives with plans to tune in are still undecided.
Group of lawmakers wants Guard personnel to be able to carry concealed weapons without a permit.
Gov. Dayton is expected to select a new justice by the end of August.
From gridiron to high court, retiring Justice Alan Page ties it up with a bow
Rural communities expected more after they helped the GOP gain a majority in the House.
Minnesota's political leaders approved billions in spending, including passage early Saturday of the environmental and agriculture budget bill, avoiding a state government shutdown.
The final deal to finish the state budget, struck Thursday night, sets the table for a special session today where approval of money for environmental and agricultural programs is still in doubt.
Gov. Mark Dayton is tentatively scheduled today to meet with all four legislative caucus leaders in hopes of nailing down a final agreement and set a special session.
Gov. Mark Dayton said three disagreements remain between him and House Republicans in the clutch of budget bills that would be up in the special session.
A special session is needed so legislators can approve remaining pieces of the budget and avoid a partial shutdown of state government on July 1, but only the governor can call it.
Key legislators agree on hefty bonding bill; Dayton holds fast on audits.
Questions on school spending, budget items must be resolved.
“It’s become a perennial breakdown, and it doesn’t have to be this way,” said Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester.
As political stalemate lingers, agency begins preparing to let state workers go.
Special session site set, but no budget deal in sight as Dayton resumes meetings with legislative leaders
Dayton releases a lengthy list; meanwhile, layoff notices loom for 10,000 state employees.
A big surplus had some thinking this session would be smooth, but the extra money fueled extra debates.
Minnesotans chose divided government in last year’s election, giving Gov. Mark Dayton a second term while flipping control of the House to Republicans. And division…
$25 billion approved for human services, higher-ed, transportation, public safety.
Dayton said he would veto $17 billion in education spending as soon as the bill lands on his desk and will call a special legislative session once he and House Republicans can settle the standoff.
Governor holds firm to veto threat over early ed funding
Dayton says he’s willing to risk shutdown, special session to boost funding for early ed.
Minnesota House and Senate leaders said late Friday that they had struck a tentative budget deal, but the governor was objecting to the level of education funding and said he intends to stand firm.
Wrangling by lawmakers led to a higher education deal, but little other progress.
Gov. Dayton and legislative leaders have private budget discussions, give few details, as rank-and-file members worry.
With little apparent progress and time running out, Dayton and lawmakers trade accusations
Republicans balk at request for a 2 percent increase (up from 1 percent) for school spending.
Republicans, DLFers want to cooperate, but finding common ground difficult.
Republican leader is optimistic that session will close on time.
Allegations about coordinated attacks are flying more frequently as laws governing political donations and coordination between political groups and outside allies grows increasingly murky.
With only two weeks left in the session and gaping divisions between DFL and GOP spending goals, Daudt, a former car salesman, faces a test of his ability to close a deal.
Under the bill, Minnesota drivers would pay an additional 16 cents a gallon to help bankroll statewide transportation upgrades, a tax that would rise with the cost of fuel.
Budget plan delivers on some outstate priorities, but tax cuts would leave little left for fulfilling promises.
Three more farms in Minnesota were hit on Tuesday.
Bipartisan 61-4 vote signals low support for Minneapolis project.
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth would lose about $85M in yearly aid under House Republicans’ plan.
Costs for $90M Senate building have DFL, GOP bickering about how to pay for it.
He easily defeated challengers despite lingering party debt.
In addition to misuse of funds, GOP critics say he lied to ethics panel.
Opportunities presented by Minnesota’s economic good fortune shouldn’t be squandered, Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday, urging legislators to spend most of a budget surplus on programs he said would pay off for decades.
State would lose $1 million a year in revenue if cigar tax is rolled back.
He touts jobs potential of bonding plan, but his list faces long odds at Capitol.
Lawmakers return from recess facing divergent views, lengthy agenda and a tight schedule.
Gov. Dayton's ambitious education and transportation spending proposals collide with the radically different priorities of the House Republican majority.
Indiana religious freedom law sparked national firestorm, concern about gay rights implications
Bill Jungbauer is running, citing concerns over party finances.
Downsizing could take two years, but CEO assured Gov. Dayton company will keep strong local presence.
The last of three proposals that will now define the spending debate comes in closer to Gov. Dayton’s blueprint.
Water damage, other unexpected costs push total remodeling price over $300M.
The governor's approval rating rebounded to some of his best numbers since he first took office in 2011.
Republicans say they want to give $1.9B surplus back to taxpayers; DFL says budget cuts services.
Plan avoids gas tax hike; Dayton, DFLers say there’s room for negotiation.
The governor is seeking $348 million to expand preschool to 4-year-olds across the state.
It comes in a busy week that included plans to buy a historic downtown theater and the start of a study needed for high-speed rail to Twin Cities.
Budget rewrite redirecting millions of surplus funds sets up a clash with the GOP, which wants tax relief.
Minnesota’s predicted budget surplus has nearly doubled, leaving Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers with $1.9 billion to spend, save or return to taxpayers. But parties are split on how best to use the windfall.
Wisconsin governor can’t match Jeb Bush on fundraising, but will appeal to broader base, he says.
Minority-owned firms lag in state contracts despite MnDOT efforts
State’s party chair wants to give it all back; others say not so fast.
The move comes as dust still settling over Dayton’s attempted pay hikes for commissioners.
Gov. Dayton said he’s sensitive to human rights concerns but pointed to the bond between the U.S. and Israel.
Sensing a major new source of exports for Minnesota producers, a group of state lawmakers want $100,000 to help small farmers tap into opportunities presented…
The party, still in financial straits, owes firms several hundred thousand dollars.
Bill sends nearly $16 million in emergency funding to three agencies.
DFL’s leaders clear the air after pay-raise dispute, plan joint appearance on March 5.
“We believe that there is more involved in this decision and implore the University to share this information,” the governor and senators said in a letter to university leadership.
A governor publicly dismisses the Legislature as a “circus.” The Senate majority leader, a fellow DFLer, shoots back that the governor is “dictatorial and…
House Speaker Kurt Daudt acts as go-between in Dayton-Bakk raise fight.
Senate spending package calls for $230M in additional spending over two years.
GOP-controlled House taking up pay issue that triggered feud between top DFLers as veto threat looms.
DFLers hope that the governor’s anger cools and that the two will talk.
The two most powerful DFLers in Minnesota government had a bitter and public falling-out Thursday amid ongoing controversy over pay raises for state agency commissioners.
Older planes become costly to maintain, spend more time on the ground.
Political back-and-forth heightens between Dayton, GOP over pay hikes for his cabinet.
Once again, Iowa political activists are gearing up for their quadrennial wooing by a procession of national political leaders.
Proposing a state budget $7 billion larger than when he took office, Dayton seeks major spending boosts for schools, learning programs.