Gov. Mark Dayton
Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet is officially on the job. The DFL-led Minnesota Senate confirmed seven state agency heads Tuesday. Candidates on the slate oversee pollution control, veterans affairs and other areas.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and state business Tuesday launched an official bid Tuesday for the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game. It would be played at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium under construction in Minneapolis, which is already hosting the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 Final Four.
Minnesota lawmakers are preparing to vote on a bill suspending Internet-based state lottery tickets. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Tuesday he’d hold the vote soon, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt said he expected his chamber would do the same.
Minnesota’s center of political power is moving north for the weekend. Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt plan to share a boat Saturday on Lake Vermilion for the annual fishing opener.
Jennie-O Turkey Store says it’s laying off 233 employees at its processing plant in the southern Minnesota city of Faribault because of bird flu outbreaks that have cut the number of available turkeys.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s behind a move to offer loans to Minnesota poultry farmers hit hard by bird flu. A bill at the Legislature would open $10 million up to farmers with birds who caught the highly pathogenic virus. Every farmer could get up to $200,000 to replace flocks, make building improvements or otherwise cover their losses.
Minnesota has an idea for a Super Bowl encore: the country’s biggest college football game. Gov. Mark Dayton is joining others Tuesday morning to announce the state’s bid for the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto a state agency budget bill if Republicans don’t agree to remove a part that would ditch candidate spending limits and undo current restrictions on where their donations originate.
Some smaller measures in tax plans on the table in Minnesota’s budget discussion aim to make a big impact on public health and child safety. They won’t get the attention of business property tax breaks or across-the-board income exemptions causing clashes, but the measures stand a decent chance of happening.
The Minnesota House today unanimously passed and sent to Gov. Mark Dayton a bill giving terminally ill patients one last chance.
Minnesotans will soon be able to take home bottles of beer from their favorite craft breweries on Sundays. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a package of liquor regulation changes into law Friday including legal Sunday growler sales.
An appetite for turkey is sweeping lawmakers at Minnesota’s state Capitol. Rural legislators plan a turkey burger cookout on the Capitol lawn Tuesday to support the state’s turkey industry.
Minnesota’s teaching board is getting a look from the state’s legislative auditor. The board handles appeals from would-be educators denied Minnesota teaching licenses. It’s come under scrutiny at the Capitol this year from Republicans and Democrats alike. Some lawmakers and advocates say the board’s policies keep qualified teachers out of classrooms.
Break out the hard hats: the real hammering in Minnesota’s construction-zone Capitol is about to start. There’s less than three weeks to the May 18 session adjournment deadline. So the pressure is on to nail down a deal on a new state budget and the fate of a nearly $1.9 billion surplus.
The first batch of emergency money to help Minnesota agencies combat the spread of the avian flu affecting poultry farms is one step from Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk.
The stage is set for a tax showdown at the state Capitol.
Republicans in the Minnesota House passed a sweeping $2 billion tax relief plan on Wednesday that they say is sharply focused on middle class taxpayers.
Gov. Mark Dayton says the state may set up a low-interest loan program for farmers hit by a deadly bird flu outbreak. Fifty-six farms had been hit with the virus as of Tuesday, costing farmers more than 3.3 million birds.
State lawmakers will soon draw the final line in Minnesota’s education funding debate.
Students at Minnesota’s public colleges may have to brace for a tuition bump, as legislative appetite seems to have waned for moves to shift rising costs from students to the state.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he’s “shocked and appalled” to learn that the Metropolitan Council raised its estimate for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project by $341 million for a total budget of nearly $2 billion.
State officials say the cost for responding to a deadly bird flu outbreak has risen to roughly $6 million. The scope of the outbreak has nearly doubled in the last week alone. Nearly 50 Minnesota turkey farms had been hit as of Friday, costing farmers almost 3 million birds.
National Guard soldiers have been called to help euthanize birds as part of the effort to stem the spread of avian flu in Minnesota.
A highly contentious debate over education issues kept state lawmakers working through the weekend.
The Minnesota House wants to restrict transgender students’ access to school locker rooms and bathrooms. Minority Democrats objected fiercely to a Republican move to include the provision in an education budget bill Saturday. The House approved the proposal in a divided voice vote.
The Minnesota House is debating a Republican bill to put the brakes on spending for state government operations.