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Lt. Governor Quietly Prepares State Workers For Layoff Notices

On Monday, Minnesota is required by law to send out layoff notices. Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is privately making the rounds of state agencies giving workers updates on the negotiations.

9 hours ago

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Layoffs Loom For Thousands Of State Workers As Budget Talks Stall

Thousands of state workers will get layoff notices on Monday. It comes after another day of budget talks between Governor Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt.

17 hours ago

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Special Session Date On Hold As Dayton, Daudt Meet Again

A one-day special session will be held next month so lawmakers can wrap up unfinished business. What they’ll actually be voting on has yet to be determined.

05/27/2015

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After Dayton Vetoes, State Leaders Start Search For Way Out

Minnesota’s governor says he’s prepared to call a special session just as soon as top lawmakers smooth out their differences.

05/26/2015

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Dayton Proposes Tax Cut In Exchange For More Education Money

Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a tax cut in return for a scaled-back version of his plan for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds.

05/23/2015

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Dayton Vetoes Agriculture-Environment And Jobs-Energy Bills

Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed two major budget bills ahead of a Saturday night deadline for final action on bills passed before the legislative session ended late Monday.

05/23/2015

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For Senate Leader Bakk, Session’s End Exposes Divisions

All eyes heading into this year’s legislative session were on new House Speaker Kurt Daudt, under pressure to hold together 71 fellow Republicans back in power and eager to slash government spending.

05/22/2015

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Dayton Signs 4 Budget Bills, Still Weighing Other Vetoes

The Democratic governor has already vetoed a public school funding bill he deems insufficient. He’s also weighing calls to veto budgets that fund environment and agricultural programs, state government agencies and a jobs and energy bill.

05/22/2015

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Dayton Vetoes Public School Budget But Waits On Other Bills

Gov. Mark Dayton has followed through on his promise to veto the Legislature’s budget for public schools.

05/21/2015

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As Calls For Budget Vetoes Mount, Dayton Urges Caution

Gov. Mark Dayton is warning some advocates that a second crack at some parts of the budget may be the wrong move. The Legislature’s budget bills still hadn’t made it to Dayton’s desk as of Wednesday afternoon.

05/20/2015

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Dayton Rejects Education Bill; Special Session Ahead

On Tuesday Gov. Mark Dayton made good on his threat to take down the $17 billion education bill. It forces a special session, but Dayton said he won’t call one until Republicans give him the pre-kindergarten programs he wants.

05/19/2015

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Did House Pass Correct Budget Bill? That’s Up For Debate

There is some doubt about whether the Minnesota House voted on the final piece of a state budget or something else in the harried last minutes of the legislative session.

05/19/2015

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4 Things To Know: Minn. Session, Dylan On Letterman & More

From the latest on the Minnesota Session 2015 to POTUS joining Twitter, here are the four stories to know for Tuesday, May 19.

05/19/2015

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Lawmakers Adjourn; Dayton Veto Over Education Spending Looms

Minnesota’s Legislature finalized a two-year spending plan just before a midnight deadline struck, but they adjourned with a near-certain special session looming to solve an education budget standoff with Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/19/2015

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Legislature Passes New Buffer Plan In Budget Bill

A plan with stricter rules for buffer zones between crops and public waterways is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/18/2015

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Lawmakers Scrambling For Budget Deal Before Midnight Deadline

Time is running out for Minnesota lawmakers to reach a budget deal, and money for education is the main sticking point.

05/18/2015

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Dayton Readies Veto Pen For Education Bill As Deadline Nears

Minnesota’s Legislature has sent an education budget to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk where it’s likely to meet his veto pen.

05/18/2015

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What’s In $42 Billion? Minnesota’s Next Budget At A Glance

Minnesota’s Legislature descended Monday into the usual, end-of-session flurry of finalizing and passing bills.

05/18/2015

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Budget-Setting Session Reaches Deadline, But Show May Go On

A midnight deadline to adopt a new two-year budget bore down Monday on the Minnesota Legislature, which could see its stay in St. Paul extended by a rift over preschool.

05/18/2015

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Lawmakers Working Around The Clock To Reach Budget Deal

Just a little more than 24 hours before state lawmakers are supposed to finish their business — it looks like they may need overtime. Gov. Mark Dayton said Sunday he’ll veto a major education spending bill because it does not include his No. 1 priority.

05/17/2015

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As Lawmakers Battle Budget Deadline, Impact Becomes Clearer

As Minnesota lawmakers scrambled Sunday to piece together the state’s next budget before a fast-approaching deadline, the impact of the roughly $41.5 billion package on the states’ residents started coming into focus.

05/17/2015

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Daudt Calls Transportation, Tax Plans “Not Likely” For Year

Already gazing ahead to next year, Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt is indicating time has run out on a transportation and tax-cut deal for the 2015 session.

05/16/2015

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Minnesota Lawmakers Backing $16.5M Plan For Avian Flu Help

The new state budget Minnesota lawmakers are assembling supplies $16.5 million to aid in the state’s response to the avian flu.

05/16/2015

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Dayton’s Ire Looms As Legislature Races To Pass Budget

Minnesota lawmakers are starting a three-day sprint to hash out the specifics of a budget deal. Legislators were expected to return to the Capitol Saturday for a weekend of around-the-clock work to finish bills and pass a budget.

05/16/2015

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Dayton Says He’ll Stand Firm On Education Spending

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s standing firm in his insistence that lawmakers spend more on schools and less on potential tax cuts, even if it means a special session.

05/15/2015

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