Mark Dayton

The 40th governor of Minnesota. He is a great-grandson of businessman George Dayton, the founder of Dayton's, which became Target Corp. He was Minnesota's Democratic U.S. senator from 2001 to 2007 and state auditor from 1991 to 1995.

May 2
The Kennilworth Trail alongside a current freight train track that has been a proposed route for the Southwest Corridor light-rail line.

April 27: New $2B price tag puts Southwest light rail at risk

The additional $341 million in costs are tied to poor ground conditions and soil contamination in St. Louis Park and Hopkins.
March 26
Gov. Mark Dayton outlined a $42 billion budget today that prioritizes...

Minnesota Poll: Gov. Dayton has healthy 54 percent approval rating

The governor's approval rating rebounded to some of his best numbers since he first took office in 2011.
February 17

Dayton unveils 600 road and bridge projects

Republicans object to tax and fee hikes, suggest using budget surplus and cutting spending instead.
February 2

Dayton's $42B budget gives most new money to education

Proposing a state budget $7 billion larger than when he took office, Dayton seeks major spending boosts for schools, learning programs.
October 19, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton: Standing by his record in first re-election bid

As he prepares to face Minnesota voters for the last time, Dayton knows many of his accomplishments are on the line.
September 5, 2014

With an economy on upswing, Dayton is tough target

Minnesota Republicans hoping to seize control of the governor’s residence have a problem when it comes to the economy: The news is too good.
September 4, 2014

Candidates choosy when it comes to debates

Debate season is off to a slow start in the run-up to the Aug. 12 primary and Nov. 4 general election.
August 21, 2014

Candidates flock to Minnesota State Fair

Today marks the beginning of the Minnesota State Fair, a perennial stop for candidates to shake lots of hands, pitch their platforms and feast on fatty foods.
June 24, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton is starting to sound like candidate Dayton

Dayton is starting to sketch out the political narrative that will shape his first-ever re-election campaign. He is talking more about his job-creation accomplishments.
June 18, 2014
Governor Mark Dayton laughed when a reporter pointed out that the NCAA...

Gov. Dayton leads GOP rivals in campaign cash dash

GOP campaigns are amassing millions of dollars to influence the gubernatorial election.
June 5, 2014

First Lady applauds Minnesotan as White House touts efforts to end veteran homelessness

Amid a national uproar over the failings of federal health-care programs for veterans, First Lady Michelle Obama shined the spotlight Wednesday on Doran Hocker, a Minnesotan working to reduce homelessness among vets.
June 3, 2014

Evolving Mark Dayton feels a strong libertarian impulse

The emerging portrait of Dayton since he assumed office reveals a more nuanced leader with a strong libertarian strain pulsing in his political blood line.
May 4, 2014

Thursday: Dayton pushes education, transportation

Gov. Mark Dayton prodded legislators to invest more in education and transportation and to be more ambitious in spending on state projects.
April 20, 2014

Dayton's recovery from surgery puts campaign load on running mate

With her boss back in St. Paul recuperating from hip surgery, Tina Smith is front and center in Gov. Mark Dayton’s re-election effort.
April 12, 2014

April 9: Dayton says Minneapolis tunnels the 'only option'

Gov. Mark Dayton said if Minneapolis officials continue to oppose the tunnel option, the Met Council must decide if it will proceed without the city’s consent. But, the governor said, a protracted dispute would likely doom the project
Local
April 10, 2014

Dayton signs anti-bullying bill

The law requires school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and to better train staffers and teachers on how to prevent it.
Business
April 9, 2014

Dayton lashes out at new GOP inquiry on MNsure

As Republicans press for answers on troubled rollout of state insurance exchange, Dayton blocks access to key state officials.
April 3, 2014

Dayton wants legislators to toss aside self-imposed bonding cap

There’s room to spend more on state projects, he assures leaders.
March 31, 2014

Gov. Dayton adds his voice to push for campaign cash disclosure

The governor’s backing makes it more likely that starting with this year’s elections, Minnesotans would be able to track the sources of all politically tinged mailings and ads that come out before Election Day.
March 26, 2014

Dayton has doubts about moves to restrict e-cigarettes

He backs rules to limit kids’ access, but thinks smokers may have faced enough sanctions already.
Politics
March 19, 2014

Dayton blasts DFL senators for slow approval of tax relief

Dayton said Senate leaders were holding hostage a middle-class tax-relief package until they get a new multimillion-dollar office building.
March 14, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton makes a sudden shift on medical marijuana

After meeting with medical marijuana advocates, Dayton said he would direct his top commissioners and staffers to see if some compromise could be reached in the remaining two months of the legislative session.
Business
March 7, 2014

Half of Dayton's tax cuts help Minnesota businesses

After Dayton's proposal Thursday morning, the House voted to wipe out three business sales taxes.
March 7, 2014

Gov. Dayton seeks bigger tax cuts in new budget

His budget calls for $616 million in relief, up from the $500 million sought by House DFLers. Reserves also would get boost.
February 17, 2014

Minnesota Poll: Dayton approval rating at its highest

As re-election nears, more than half of voters give governor a thumbs-up.