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Minnesota Zoo Asking Lawmakers For $1.5M Amid Budget Crisis

A projected budget shortfall could force the Minnesota Zoo to go beyond layoffs and close some of its exhibits this year. Officials say the zoo is facing a budget crisis due to declining attendance and increased costs. A spokeswoman says the zoo is now asking lawmakers for $1.5 million in emergency funds.

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Dayton Proposes More Compensation To Farmers For Wolf Losses

Now that wolves are back on the endangered list in Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal includes more money to compensate farmers for livestock losses. The governor’s budget would provide $125,000 annually for wolf depredation compensation.

17 hours ago

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Bakk: Pass New Money For Roads This Year Or Punt To 2017

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is cranking up the pressure to pass a major transportation package this year. The Cook Democrat said Thursday he thinks the Legislature will punt until at least 2017 if lawmakers fail this session to pass new funding for roads and bridges.

01/29/2015

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Dayton Proposes Extra Cash For State Sex Offender Program

An additional $7.2 million in state funds may help make changes to Minnesota’s controversial treatment program for sex offenders.

01/28/2015

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Dayton Lifts Education In $42 Billion Budget But Test Awaits

Every Minnesota public school student would be worth more in the eyes of the state if lawmakers support Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal. Dayton wants to increase the basic per-pupil funding formula for school districts by 1 percent in each of the next two years.

01/27/2015

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Dayton Calls For Rail Tax Changes, Fees To Fund Upgrades

Gov. Mark Dayton says railroad companies need to pay more to ensure Minnesota communities can handle increased train traffic. The Democratic governor is proposing updating how the state taxes railroad companies to include train cars and bridges.

01/27/2015

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Dayton Budget Funds Early Learning, Broadband, Tax Relief

Gov. Mark Dayton is holding up his focus on education in his new budget as an investment in Minnesota’s future. Schools and early learning programs make out well in the Dayton plan announced Tuesday.

01/27/2015

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Dayton Pushes Gas Tax Hike In New Transportation Plan

Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan for transportation would repair or replace 2,200 miles of state roads and 330 bridges, but would come at a noticeable cost to taxpayers. Dayton released a large-scale proposal Monday that depends on adding a new 6.5 percent tax on gas and higher vehicle registration fees.

01/26/2015

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Gov. Dayton Sheds Light On Education Funding Increases In Budget

More details are spilling out from Gov. Mark Dayton about his upcoming budget proposal, and this time it’s about new money for education programs.

01/23/2015

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Bill With $20M In Immediate Tax Breaks Bound For Dayton

Days into the income tax filing season, a bill that awards up to $20 million in extra deductions and credits is on the verge of becoming law.

01/22/2015

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Dayton Presses $30M Plan To Boost University Med School

The University of Minnesota Medical School may soon get a financial boost, if Gov. Mark Dayton has his way. He’s proposing a multi-million dollar investment in the school to be included in the upcoming budget.

01/21/2015

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Lawmakers Work To Finish Tax Bill, Disaster Aid Package

The short week at the Minnesota Legislature means less time to complete work on some time-sensitive matters. Legislators were returning to St. Paul on Tuesday. By week’s end, they hope to send Gov. Mark Dayton a bill containing about $20 million in tax deductions and credits.

01/20/2015

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Many Honored During State’s MLK Day Celebration

The official statewide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day took place at Macalester College in St. Paul.

01/19/2015

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Walleyes, Deer, Wolves And Moose Among Topics Of DNR Event

Gov. Mark Dayton’s announcement that he’ll ask lawmakers to require a 50-foot buffer zone along most streams, lakes and wetlands to boost the state’s struggling pheasant population was the highlight of the annual Department of Natural Resources roundtable. But the discussions Friday also included ones about fishing, deer hunting, wolves and moose.

01/16/2015

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Dayton Proposes Legislative Action On Waterway Buffers

Gov. Mark Dayton says he will propose that the Legislature require 50-foot buffer strips along streams and lakes in Minnesota to boost the struggling pheasant population. At an annual Department of Natural Resources roundtable on outdoors issues in Brooklyn Park, the governor said his proposal would create 125,000 acres of pheasant habitat.

01/16/2015

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