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 -- State and Minnesota Vikings leaders called Tuesday talks about a new stadium constructive, but they offered no proof that stadium construction was any closer than it has been for months, or even years. The take-away from the 90-minute meeting was that a bill must be written by Friday if it is to receive a vote during a special late-June legislative budget session. If the June 30 deadline passes without a budget passing, Vikings supporters could have more time. The most optimistic comment came from Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans are beginning to hear directly from state officials what a government shutdown could mean to them. More than 600,000 Minnesotans are opening letters from the Department of Human Services this week warning that their health-care and other benefits could stop if the state runs out of money on July 1. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota churches and other civic organizations have Goodhue County churches to thank for being able to continue their fund-raising meals. Cathy Thiel and Pat Irruthum of Wanamingo jumped into action more than a year ago when a state Health Department inspector told St.
ST. PAUL -- The impact of a state government shutdown is in the hands of Minnesota judges. State Attorney General Lori Swanson on Monday laid groundwork for them to become involved if the governor and legislators cannot agree on a budget before July 1.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate ethics committee Monday night told state Sen. Gretchen Hoffman to apologize for a misleading tweet about a fellow senator. Hoffman, R-Vergas, must send an apology letter to Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, and tweet a link to the committee's report finding her at fault.
ST. PAUL -- Dayton administration officials said there were more questions than answers Friday about a potential state government shutdown as more than 40,000 workers received layoff notices. Gov. Mark Dayton's Cabinet met Friday afternoon, without the governor present, to discuss a shutdown.
ST. PAUL -- Pressure of the clock ticking toward a potential state government shutdown does not seem to affect the resolve of Republican legislators, many of whom are rookies who say they were elected to keep government in check. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is gearing up for a government shutdown. Or not. A Wednesday emergency meeting of the 54-campus system's board of trustees resulted in a resolution supporting shutdown preparation.