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Dayton Circles Date For State Of State Speech

Gov. Mark Dayton has circled a date on his April calendar to deliver a State of the State speech to a joint session of the Minnesota Legislature. Dayton said Wednesday that he’s prepared to give the address on April 23.

04/02/2014

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Vikings Submit Bid For 2018 Super Bowl

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday they’ve officially submitted their bid to host Super Bowl LII in 2018. The Minnesota Super Bowl Bid Committee put together the preliminary pitch and sent it to the NFL. The process took about two months to put together.

04/01/2014

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Court Took Partisan Edge Off Minnesota Mapmaking

Redistricting power grabs seen nationally and in many states haven’t happened in Minnesota, but it’s not for lack of trying. Divided government has kept the state’s two largest parties from having enough muscle to push through new electoral maps that could give them an advantage.

03/31/2014

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Dayton Denies Telling Mother To Buy Pot On Street

Gov. Mark Dayton has denied a suggestion that he told the mother of a sick child to buy marijuana from the street because it is not a legal medicine in Minnesota. The accusation was made Wednesday by a Woodbury mother who has been advocating for legalizing medical marijuana. She was among a small group of supporters who met in early March with the governor.

03/28/2014

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Dayton Declares ‘MNsure Day’ With Insurance Deadline Looming

We’re just days away from the deadline to sign up for health insurance, and MNsure is pulling out all the stops to get people signed up in time. Those still looking to purchase insurance through Minnesota’s online healthcare exchange have until midnight on Monday to do so.

03/28/2014

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Minn. Senate Approves Some Sunday Alcohol Sales

Minnesota beer lovers would find it easier to enjoy their pursuit on Sundays under a bill advanced by a Senate committee for expanded alcohol sales on the seventh day. Without testimony or debate, the Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill included three proposals by Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth. One would allow taprooms to make Sunday sales. Another would allow craft-beer brewers to sell 64-ounce containers called “growlers” on Sundays. And the third would allow small brewers and brewpubs to refill any growler on Sundays.

03/26/2014

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Dayton: Keep Seeking Compromise On Marijuana

One day after Gov. Mark Dayton appeared to discount any legislation on medical marijuana this year, he is urging advocates and legislators to keep talking in search of compromise. Dayton says he has the “deepest sympathy” for children and adults with serious diseases who find relief in marijuana.

03/26/2014

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Minn. Senate Pulls E-Cigs Bill Back Into Committee

Gov. Mark Dayton has broken with his Health Department commissioner over the extent of regulation needed on electronic cigarettes. Dayton said that he is uncomfortable with legislative efforts to put e-cigarettes in the same category as conventional cigarettes when it comes to prohibition of use in public spaces.

03/26/2014

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Dayton Says His Pot-Study Plan Lacks A Buy-In

Gov. Mark Dayton says prospects for a study on one type of medicinal marijuana stand between “slim and none” because advocates for broader legalization don’t appear interested. Dayton said that his proposal to spend more than $2 million to research a non-combustible form of marijuana lacks support.

03/25/2014

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Tax Breaks Coming To Many Minnesotans

Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans will be getting a break on their taxes. Gov. Dayton signed $443 million of income and sales tax cuts into law Friday, after lawmakers passed the bill. The changes will take effect over next 15 months.

03/24/2014

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Gov. Dayton Seeks $2.2M For Marijuana Study

With a push for legalizing medical marijuana stalled this session, Gov. Mark Dayton plans to ask for $2.2 million for research into its possible benefits, a spokeswoman said Friday. Mayo Clinic would head the study, which would focus on cannabidiol, a marijuana compound that does not produce a high.

03/21/2014

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Minnesota Lawmakers Pass Tax Relief Bill

Hundreds of thousands of Minnesota residents will see their state tax burdens drop thanks to a bill that won final backing Friday from the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton. By lopsided margins, the House and Senate approved the $434 million relief package containing extra deductions and exemptions that can be claimed on this year’s tax forms and many more that can be accessed next year.

03/21/2014

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Tax Vote Delayed As Time Crunch Looms

Minnesota legislators planned quick and possibly final votes Thursday on a measure that would provide income tax breaks and repeal some controversial new business taxes. The Minnesota Senate prepared to debate a $434 million tax relief plan that also puts $150 million into a state budget reserve.

03/20/2014

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Minn. Tax-Relief Bill Put In Higher Gear; Vote Due Soon

A tax relief measure put on a fast track in the Minnesota Senate on Wednesday could mean immediate breaks for at least 300,000 people. The Democratic-crafted proposal was unveiled a day after Gov. Mark Dayton implored lawmakers to speed up. The bill could get a floor vote as soon as Thursday.

03/19/2014

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Tangled Minn. Tax Bill Exposes Democratic Rift

Gov. Mark Dayton kicked up a storm Tuesday in his return to the Minnesota Capitol, chastising fellow Democrats for not moving quicker on a tax-relief measure and suggesting that a controversial Senate office building proposal had improperly gotten in the way.

03/18/2014

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