Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.—People in line complained too few shuttle buses were scheduled. A political party chairman complained about members of another party. Lines built quickly, and well before lunch, at the most popular food concessions. And then there was Ryan Hinkeldey. "It's awesome," the Windom 4-H member said as he led his 2-year-old Holstein cow back to the barn.
ST. PAUL—Minnesotans will not get tax cuts and will not see road and other public construction projects begin after the governor and legislative leaders failed to agree on a special session agenda. "I've concluded ... I am not going to call a special session," Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday afternoon following a negotiations session that produced no agreement on a divisive Twin Cities light rail construction proposal.
ST. PAUL—Turnout in Tuesday's Minnesota primary election likely will be spotty, as there are relatively few contests this year. The only statewide race will pare three Supreme Court candidates down to two, although six U.S. House primary races are on the ballot along with contests for 28 of the 201 legislative seats. Statewide officials such as governor and attorney general are not up for election in 2016. And neither U.S. senator is on the ballot. Still, the state's top election official says people should vote.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's minimum wage rises Aug. 1 and several new laws will hit the books. The state's large employers must pay at least $9.50 an hour, while smaller businesses will be required to pay $7.75. Training and youth wages also must be at least $7.75. In 2018, Minnesota minimum wages begin rising annually to match inflation. Monday is the first increase in three years as part of a 2014 law Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton signed after a Legislature controlled by his party passed it. The minimum wage's first increase under the law was to $8 an hour in 2014.
It wasn’t political, says Klobuchar
Cities big and small from across Minnesota want a state commissioner to order most video produced by police body cameras to be private. “This will help guide and direct us...
It could point to budget surplus
Topics included preschool, vaccines, fuel tax, solar power
Leaders gather to talk about expanding access to rural areas
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