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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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Minnesota House Moves Fast To Approve $20M Tax Cut Bill

The Minnesota House has voted unanimously to approve about $20 million in extra tax credits and deductions that people can claim when filing forms this winter and spring.

01/15/2015

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Office Decisions Threaten To Delay Capitol Makeover

Disputes over tenant space are threatening to bog down the grand makeover of the Minnesota Capitol. A commission planned to approve the final phase of a $273 million renovation on Wednesday.

01/14/2015

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Dayton Appoints New State IT Commissioner

Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed a longtime information technology manager to head Minnesota’s IT services. The governor’s office announced Wednesday that Tom Baden will lead MN.IT (minute) Services. MN.IT provides IT services to more than 70 state boards, commissions and agencies. It also works with some other state entities and educational institutions.

01/14/2015

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Final Phase Of Capitol Renovation Work Up For Approval

A panel of top Minnesota officials is getting the latest details on the state Capitol’s grand makeover, including whether it’s on schedule and on budget. The Capitol Preservation Commission was meeting Wednesday to approve the final phase of construction. It’s still at least two years before the $273 million remodeling is complete.

01/14/2015

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New Lieutenant Governor Calls Herself ‘A Bridge Builder’

When Minnesota lawmakers returned to the State Capitol after the bruising 2014 election campaign, Tina Smith was outside their offices to greet them.

01/13/2015

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Tax Bill Matching Up Minnesota, Federal Code Steams Ahead

Minnesota lawmakers moved Tuesday to set up swift approval of tax deductions and credits affecting thousands of people and business owners getting ready to file 2014 forms. Tax committees in the House and Senate advanced legislation that lines Minnesota’s code up with some recent federal changes. Final votes in each chamber could come later this week, sending the bill to a supportive Gov. Mark Dayton before personal income tax filing season begins next week.

01/13/2015

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Senate Democrats Seek $800M Per Year More For Transportation

Senate Democrats are releasing a transportation plan that spells out how they would pay for repairs and new construction for decades to come. The proposal being introduced Monday is likely to cover both the highway system and mass transit.

01/12/2015

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Good Questions: Flat Tires, Gov. Swearing In, & NFL Fines

Every Friday, we like to answer some of the emails you’ve send to us throughout the week. This week, you wanted to know about NFL fines, flat tires why does the Governor have to be sworn in again?

01/09/2015

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Downey Seeks Re-Election As Minnesota GOP Chairman

Keith Downey says he plans to run for re-election as chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota.

01/09/2015

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Dayton Acknowledges Haul From Gas-Tax Plan Is Unpredictable

Cheap gas prices could put a dent in Gov. Mark Dayton’s forthcoming proposal to tack a new sales tax on fuel purchases.

01/09/2015

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Dayton Wants Big Chunk Of $1B Surplus For Child Care Credit

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’ll suggest devoting about one-fifth of Minnesota’s projected $1 billion surplus to an expanded child-care tax credit.

01/09/2015

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Dayton To Businesses: Back Real, Not Phony Road-Fund Fix

Gov. Mark Dayton is pleading with Minnesota business leaders to help him build support for a transportation funding plan with real money, not “phony solutions.”

01/07/2015

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Dayton Starts New — And Last — Term Of Long Career

Gov. Mark Dayton started his second term as Minnesota governor Monday by making a case that putting more taxpayer money into education should be viewed as an investment, not straight-up spending to grow government as his opponents might cast it.

01/05/2015

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