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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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota budget negotiations are back on today, with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders planning a mid-afternoon gathering in a Senate meeting room. The Senate announced the meeting late this morning, but there was no word about why Sunday's budget talks suddenly broke off. There also was no indication about what leaders would discuss today. The meeting comes as the state faces a Friday government shutdown if no budget is in place.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota budget talks mysteriously ended Sunday afternoon, and negotiators refused to say why they broke off as the state faces a potential Friday government shutdown. "Until we have come to completion on the budget" those involved will not talk, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said. Republican spokesmen said they knew of no further meetings planned among Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's relatively late entry into the presidential race is raising Iowa eyebrows. When she officially announces her candidacy in Waterloo, Iowa, Monday, she will join an already-crowded field. More importantly in the first caucus state, she has not hired an Iowa staff. "Unlike fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty, who is arguably her chief competition in Iowa, Bachmann has yet to open an office here or reveal details about campaign staff," the Des Moines Register reports.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders today blamed each other for a likely government shutdown on July 1. The governor said a Republican budget lawmakers passed would throw 140,000 Minnesotans of state-funded health-care programs, take away $370 in aid for each special education students and force tuition to rise as much as 12 percent.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's governor and attorney general want a petition filed by four Republican senators claiming the courts have no say in funding state programs during a government shutdown to be tossed out of court. Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton's attorney filed a court document this morning saying the senators have taken "diametrically opposed positions on the most fundamental constitutional issues," and asks the Minnesota Supreme Court to dismiss the case. The governor's response joins that of Attorney General Lori Swanson, a fellow Democrat, in asking that the case go away. Sens.
ST. PAUL -- The chairwoman of the Minnesota Senate ethics committee has dismissed a complaint about a Sen. Gretchen Hoffman tweet. Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, on Tuesday ordered the ethics complaint to be dismissed after Hoffman fulfilled requirements the committee established. Hoffman, R-Vergas, sent a letter to Sen.
ST. PAUL -- State government and outside organizations are pursuing a two-pronged approach to state spending: write a new budget and prepare for a shutdown if no new spending plan passes in time. For instance, those serving the disabled are trying to figure out how they can continue without money coming in. The secretary of state says businesses and voters would suffer in a government shutdown.