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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More than $800M is left unspent
A state budget deal is all done except for a few details, the chief negotiators said Monday, making a special session for lawmakers to complete their work possible as early as late this week. The almost-deal came on the day when nearly 10,000 state workers were told they could be laid off if no budget passes before July 1. “All of the points that are still outstanding, I would call minor points,” House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said late Monday afternoon. “We are really close right now. ...
Minnesota lawmakers could debate issues ranging from education to private accountants in a special session this spring or summer. It has been apparent for days that legislators will be summoned back to pass an education funding bill more to Governor Mark Dayton’s liking, but on Tuesday the governor said he would demand changes in at least one other bill and would like to see work on a range of other legislation. Dayton planned to veto an education bill that passed in the final day of the regular session Monday sans h
Decision impacts thousands of 4-H students statewide
Future of MinnesotaCare is still up in the air
State’s water quality varies from good to posing risks
Bill would increase funding for dentists in rural areas
A week of intense criticism about lack of broadband funding in a House funding bill ended April 17 with $8 million being set aside for high-speed Internet development. It’s a far cry from $200 million a governor’s task force said is needed to bring Minnesota broadband up to a useful speed. The addition came after Rep.
Ingebrigtsen, Westrom frustrated with delay
Senator Ingebrigtsen fears it could