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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.
The Golden Valley DFLer, a Harvard-educated attorney, will stay for the special session.
Governor is determined to get funding for universal pre-K in education bill.
Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt will begin negotiations over a special session on Tuesday, with the governor saying he hopes to convene the session by early June.
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
Budget deal hinges on Dayton's insistence on securing $173 million for a scaled-down version of his top priority, universal access to preschool for all the state’s 4-year-olds.
Salaries are stagnant, but health and pension costs have skyrocketed. The analysis comes at a critical juncture in budget negotiations at the Capitol.
With eight days left until the end of the session, and no final deal on the budget yet in sight, state Sen. Sean Nienow…
Republicans opposed Gov. Dayton’s picks, but Rothman and Duininck had the votes to keep their posts.
As legislators consider giving school boards more flexibility, state education officials gave these plans a one-year approval.
Gov. Dayton is holding firm, despite opposition from seemingly all sides.
Plan would eliminate MinnesotaCare program.
More than 400,000 MnSCU students stand to benefit from House-passed higher-ed budget. The University of Minnesota, which had requested $65 million for tuition freezes, was largely shut out.
House Republicans on Saturday approved an education budget bill that increases spending by $157 million, setting up a confrontation with DFLers in the House and Senate who call the amount paltry.
What is a Minnesotan? An innocuous question, but the word morphs into a rhetorical device often invoked by legislators during floor sessions, committee hearings and…
Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota authorities are among the several urging state funding for preschool.
Education Minnesota's top issues this year are seniority, pre-K funding.
Gov. Mark Dayton ripped into House and Senate legislators Wednesday for their rejection of his top legislative priority: universal preschool for the state’s 4-year-olds.
During a recent committee hearing, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler was outlining to lawmakers why the university says it needs $148 million in additional…
The last of three proposals that will now define the spending debate comes in closer to Gov. Dayton’s blueprint.
Senate bill is dealt a setback, getting tabled without action.
Republicans say they want to give $1.9B surplus back to taxpayers; DFL says budget cuts services.
The bill passed 78-55, with seven DFLers supporting it. It faces stiff opposition, making its passage by the DFL-led Senate unlikely.
The support comes at a time when teacher seniority rules have emerged as a contentious issues at the Capitol.
No vote taken after lively debate on measures that would weaken seniority.
Legislative leaders who want their own budget office saw that effort inch closer to reality Wednesday after a measure sponsored by top leaders in both chambers cleared a House committee.
Governor has additional $444 million in budget proposal, which will be released Tuesday; most of new spending going to schools.
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.
He wants another $238M to make initiative available for all of the state’s 4-year-olds.
House votes 70-63 to require school districts to consider performance, not just seniority.
Legislative leaders cite the need for “full independent analysis” of proposed measures.
Last-minute state report on the measure’s costs surprises GOP leaders.
Senate Republicans propose giving school districts $455 million.
Measure focuses on food workers who receive tips.
Some lawmakers want merit to become a bigger factor in layoff decisions.
Efforts are underway at the Capitol to change a system governing teacher layoffs during budget cuts. Often referred to as “last in, first out,” the…
To fight back, officials seek more funds and tougher penalties.
Minnesota officials made the urgent move late Thursday after two taxpayers reported that they had logged into Intuit’s TurboTax but were advised a return had already been filed. Intuit said Friday that it has stopped processing state tax returns nationwide.
Group says a merger of the 2011 law with the merit pay system would help.
The ambitious 11-bill Senate package includes free breakfast and preschool, along with funding for counselors, building upgrades.
Proposing a state budget $7 billion larger than when he took office, Dayton seeks major spending boosts for schools, learning programs.
Minnesota taxpayers, particularly families, senior citizens and those who work from home, could see $24 million in overall tax relief under Gov. Mark Dayton’s recent budget proposal, a more precisely crafted plan compared with past budget blueprints.
A DFL state senator’s bill could undercut efforts already begun by U.S. Rep Betty McCollum.
Senate Republicans call for ending Social Security tax.
State Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, is siding with Republicans who want to end teacher seniority protections.
Legislation would allow deductions for teachers and some students.
Lawmakers introduced bills last week aimed at a lack of skilled workers, but the state will face a bigger problem in the coming decade: a slower-growing labor force.
The real work of the Legislature began Thursday as the DFL-controlled Senate and Republican House served up contrasting visions.
GOP signals there’s room for common ground, but not on teacher-tenure protections.
“Solution Center” offers a broad view of legislative priorities.
Rural school district lobbies to keep its shorter schedule born of fiscal struggles.
Commerce Department chief defends actions on Community Action of Mpls. spending issues.
With one in 10 drivers lacking coverage, state looks at how affordability and other factors play a role.
Budget decisions loom as the state's latest economic forecast is due Thursday.
Potential GOP contenders begin to take shape for the 2018 governor's race, with Mark Dayton saying he won't run again.
Despite its House victories, the party says it needs new strategy to capture state’s top offices.
The secretary of state post as overseer of elections has been at the forefront of high-stakes U.S. Senate and gubernatorial election recounts in 2008 and 2010.
Dayton, Johnson stick to their respective narratives in last debate ahead of the election.
Party launches bus tour to rally support in strongholds, hoping to combat a sharp drop-off in nonpresidential elections.
Republicans say premium increases are much higher than Gov. Dayton reported.
Gov. Mark Dayton is working hard to court union support. GOP opponent Jeff Johnson says Dayton has gone overboard
Minnesota Republicans have a get-out-the-vote effort aimed at combating the Democrats’ field office edge.
Personal questions and fresh topics enliven latest Dayton, Johnson debate.
Christie, a possible presidential candidate, stumped for gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson and Mike McFadden, who's running against Sen. Al Franken.
Paula Overby said the Second District campaign has “been an enormous learning experience.”
Wholesale gas tax is just one option, governor said, after Republican challenger seized on comment.
Gov. Dayton backs gas tax hike to improve roads while Jeff Johnson backs new oil pipeline.
At a campaign stop in Eldred, the candidate for governor took aim at regulators’ decision to delay pipeline expansion.
Mike McFadden says his great asset is that he’s not a politician, nor was he bred to be one. He doesn’t need this job, but he wants it.
A majority said personal finances stayed the same.
GOP candidate says state agencies can be run better.
Unlike GOP challenger Jeff Johnson, who has to pivot from the primary battle, the DFL governor and his allies have been planning for months.
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