Dayton, Daudt finding common ground in talks

Dayton, Daudt finding common ground in talks

The governor and House speaker ended about two hours of talks with a joint news conference, saying negotiations on a final agreement before a planned special legislative session are progressing.

Bakk expects special session soon, says he's at Dayton's side

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Bakk expects special session soon, says he's at Dayton's side
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Wednesday that Senate Democrats would support whatever special session deal that their fellow DFLers, Gov. Mark Dayton, is able to strike with GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt.

Special session now has a site: State Office Building

May 26
Special session now has a site: State Office Building
The announcement came after an hourlong, private meeting between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt. That was apparently the only agreement to be found today.
May 22

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto says hurried new bill would leave counties without an auditor

State Auditor Rebecca Otto, whose office audits 59 of 87 Minnesota counties among other responsibilities, said a technical glitch in the state government finance bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session could leave those counties without any auditing.
May 22

Dayton OKs 4 budget bills including higher ed, health and human services

Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday approved four budget bills, including higher education, health and human services.
May 22

Activist Peggy Flanagan running for soon-to-be-vacant House seat

Progressive activist Peggy Flanagan announced Friday she will run for outgoing Rep. Ryan Winkler's seat in district 46A, which includes St. Louis Park and Golden Valley.
May 21
Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he would veto $17 billion in education spending as soon as the bill containing it lands on his desk.

Dayton follows through on veto threat, rejecting education budget bill

Unsatisfied by the lack of money for universal prekindergarten and other priorities, Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday formally rejected the education budget bill.
May 21

Sen. Franken jumps on Cuba bandwagon, plans visit

Sen. Franken jumps on Cuba bandwagon, plans visit
May 21

Sen. Tom Bakk sends out news release on proposed $7.2 million underground garage

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, has an alternative to his proposal for a $7.2 million underground parking garage for 30 spaces on the Capitol grounds, according to a news release today.
May 21
Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley argued that HF43 must be heard ac...

Rep. Ryan Winkler resigns his seat over spouse's job relocation to Belgium

Calling it a "difficult decision," Winkler, the Golden Valley Democrat, said in a statement the move is an "incredible professional opportunity" for his wife, Jenny.
May 20

Environmental groups, key House DFL member urge veto of environment bill

An umbrella group of more than two dozen environmental organizations, including Audubon Minnesota and Conservation Minnesota, has sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton objecting to more than a dozen provisions of the recently passed environment budget bill and urging him to veto it.
May 20

GOP not to blame for pending education bill veto, Daudt says

House Speaker Kurt Daudt said Wednesday that his caucus will push for larger increases on basic school funding formula, and that a pending veto is "not on Republicans."
May 19

Dayton signs 17 measures into law, including Uber, Lyft insurance requirements

Gov. Mark Dayton signed more than a dozen of measures into law, including policy bills for agriculture and the Department of Labor and Industry.
May 19

After drama, human trafficking bill sails to Obama's desk

After the drama was gone, human trafficking legislation sails to president's desk
May 19

Lottery restrictions become law, but games won't go dark just yet

The law is not effective for another six months
May 19

State Auditor Otto calls privatization measure a 'backstabbing'

She said the middle of the night inclusion could cause layoffs in her office
May 19
Gov. Mark Dayton said he would veto the education bill and was angry when he said he was told that not a single House Republican would vote for half-day optional pre-K .

In veto, Dayton blames House GOP for 'insufficient' ed bill

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday blamed the House GOP for a lack of agreement on universal preschool; GOP leaders say they compromised on school funds, early-learning programs
May 19
House Speaker Kurt Daudt held a post session press conference.

Dayton, Daudt were only $25M apart over $17B education bill

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt ended up separated by only $25 million in education spending as they tried but failed in the session's closing hours to avert Dayton's threatened veto of an education funding bill.
May 19

The morning after the Minnesota Legislature adjourns

The end. Sort of but not really.
May 18

House taking up bonding bill with funds for Capitol renovations, flood hazard mitigation

The Minnesota House is expected to take up a bonding bill that would pay for any "out-of-scope" Capitol renovations, flood hazard mitigation and renovations at a University of Minnesota poultry testing lab in Willmar, among other projects.
May 18
At 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, shortly after the session ended at midnight, House Sargeant-at-arms officers began clearing out members desks for renovation.

Frenzied 2015 legislative session ends with work left undone

The session came to a messy finish Monday at midnight as legislators scrambled to finalize decisions about tens of billions of dollars.
May 18

MN Legislature, on its final day, will race to finish budget bills

As the hours tick down on the Legislature's parliamentary May 18 deadline, both the House and Senate are racing today to pass budget bills to finish off a $42 billion two year budget.
May 18

Environmental activists revolt against enviro budget in MN Legislature

An umbrella organization of more than two dozen environmental organizations has written legislators urging them to reject the House and Senate compromise on funding for environment and conservation programs, a measure that also includes a raft of highly contentious policy provisions on the regulation of land, air and water.
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