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 -- Republican senators beat back Democrats' efforts 36-27 to keep an Iron Range economic development fund whole Monday as the Senate approved a jobs bill. The bill removes $45 million from the Douglas J. Johnson fund, used by the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, and uses it to help plug a $5 billion state budget deficit. The overall bill senators passed 36-28 would spend $103 million, down from Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed $166 million.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's agriculture industry takes a $10 million hit in a Senate-passed agriculture funding bill. Senators passed the bill 39-25 Monday, with a few Democrats joining Republicans. The bill would spend $77 million in the next two years. Senate Agriculture Chairman Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, said he thinks the bill could earn Gov. Mark Dayton's support. Magnus and Agriculture Commissioner David Frederickson met Friday afternoon to modify the Senate bill in an attempt to find compromises.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Opening the Minnesota Emergency Operations Center has become all too common as spring floods approach, but there is a major difference this year. Nine counties, mostly around the Red River, were affected by floods two years ago. A year ago, 20 counties were flooded.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's Iron Range lawmakers are fuming, claiming Republicans are stealing money from their Democratic-Farmer-Labor area to balance the state budget. "These proposals would take what amounts to our property taxes," Rep. Tom Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Township, said Thursday. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Republican state budget plans will become clear in the coming week, although no one expects the governor to agree. A week ago, the GOP released a budget outline, and legislative committees now are debating details. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, said that Republicans who control the Legislature will send their own budget bills to Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's Iron Range lawmakers say a Republican proposal to take up to $60 million from an economic development fund for their area is stealing. Money from the Douglas J. Johnson Fund are supposed to be used to diversity jobs on the Range, where most work is related to mining.
ST. PAUL -- An eight-year-old effort to keep sex offenders in jail longer began a new trek through the Minnesota Legislature. The House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee unanimously approved a proposal that would force many of the worst offenders to spend 60 years in prison, followed by a decade of supervised release. Those "worst of the worst" sex offenders would serve twice the current sentences under the bill by Rep.