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Transportation, Education Top Dayton’s To-Do List

Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to go all in on a highway-and-transit upgrade package that could cost drivers a dime or more extra on a gallon of gas and metro shoppers a nickel more on every $10 taxable purchase, a trade-off the Democrat described Monday as vital to a transportation network he sees as choked and crumbling.

12/29/2014

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Dayton: Don’t Touch Minimum-Wage Law

Gov. Mark Dayton says he sees no reason to hold off on two coming increases to Minnesota’s minimum wage and he’ll resist efforts to scrap a new mechanism allowing for inflationary bumps later.

12/29/2014

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Dayton Unsure of Minnesota’s Next Step On Wolf Hunting

Gov. Mark Dayton is consulting with his Department of Natural Resources chief on how the state should respond to a federal ruling that outlaws hunting of gray wolves.

12/29/2014

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Dayton Won’t Rule Out Medical Marijuana Changes

It’ll be six months before Minnesota’s medical marijuana program goes live, but Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s willing to consider pleas to expand the list of qualifying health conditions.

12/29/2014

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Gov. Holds Roundtable Over Rail Safety Concerns

Several Minnesota cities are voicing safety concerns as more trains roll through Minnesota. Railway traffic in the Twin Cities has increased 40 percent in the last two years on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

12/22/2014

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Dayton Urges Swift Action On Flood-Aid Package

Gov. Mark Dayton says his administration needs Minnesota legislators to quickly approve a relief package for recovery costs related to last summer’s severe flooding.

12/18/2014

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Minnesota Lawmakers Search For Way Out Of Road Jam

If Minnesota lawmakers can come up with the green, drivers will be seeing many more orange cones in years to come.

12/13/2014

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Big Numbers Shape Outgoing Budget Official’s Work

The departure of a top state finance official is triggering a shakeup in Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter will step down for a job in the private sector, the governor announced Wednesday.

12/10/2014

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Lawmakers Seek Deeper Look At State Finances

Minnesota lawmakers want to dive deeper into the details of a state report showing a $1 billion budget surplus awaits them. The House Ways and Means Committee summoned state finance officials to a hearing Friday to give more information about the just-released revenue forecast.

12/05/2014

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Minnesota Officials Expect $1 Billion Surplus

Minnesota finance officials say lawmakers have a $1 billion projected surplus at their disposal in the upcoming session. The estimate provided Thursday in a new economic forecast should make for a smoother path to a new two-year budget.

12/04/2014

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Dayton Braces For Fight Over Online Lottery Sales

Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota’s lottery director “has his work cut out for him” to preserve online ticket sales that many lawmakers want to outlaw. Dayton acknowledged Tuesday that the Legislature will again attempt to bar the most virtual ticket sales and may be able to trump a veto this time.

12/02/2014

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Get Ready For Disarray At Minnesota Capitol

The massive renovation hiding the graceful lines of Minnesota’s Capitol in protective wrap and bristling scaffolding has left the inside even more unrecognizable and uninviting as the Legislature prepares to spring back into action.

11/29/2014

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Gov. Dayton: Team Will Be Mostly Intact For 2nd Term

Gov. Mark Dayton expects most of the agency commissioners that served in his cabinet in his first term will remain on board. Dayton said Monday that he’s optimistic “that most are going to stay, most have been asked to stay and most want to stay.”

11/24/2014

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Dayton Kicks Off Holiday Week With A Pair Of Turkeys

Gov. Mark Dayton kicked off Thanksgiving week with some help with two fine, feathered friends. A pair of turkeys joined in on the festivities at the State Capitol on Monday, both about 16 weeks old.

11/24/2014

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Mountain Iron To Host 2015 Deer Opener

The city of Mountain Iron has been selected to host the Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener in 2015. The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association made the announcement Friday — a day before this year’s deer season begins.

11/07/2014

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Daudt, Dean Angle For Top Job In House

There will be competition among Republicans for who leads the party’s new House majority. Minority Leader Kurt Daudt of Crown and former Majority Leader Matt Dean of Dellwood both say they’re running to be House speaker when the Legislature returns to action. They are asking for support from the 72-member caucus, which meets Friday to pick its leadership.

11/05/2014

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Why Did Minnesota Buck The Republican-Leaning National Trend?

The day after the election was a great day for Republicans, except in Minnesota. Nationally, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and boosted their majority in the U.S. House. For the first time since President Obama took office, he will face a Congress with Republicans in control of both houses.

11/05/2014

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Calls For Cooperation To See Test At State Capitol

The party’s over for Minnesota Democrats. After two years of calling the shots in state government — a span in which they legalized gay marriage, raised the minimum wage and launched a state-run health exchange — their new reality is one of shared control with Republicans who gained a state House majority.

11/05/2014

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Daudt Puts Focus On Practical In Split Government

The leader of the House Republican majority-in-waiting says a detailed governing agenda will come later and the focus in the next two years needs to be on the practical.

11/05/2014

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Big Prize In Minnesota Election: State House

Election Day arrived in Minnesota with Democrats feeling good about sweeping the biggest races in the state — for governor and U.S. Senate — and perhaps all of the statewide offices. But the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party was fighting a rear-guard action to hang on to the Minnesota House, with plenty of incumbents at risk and Republicans needing just seven seats to bring back divided government for the first time since 2012.

11/04/2014

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Johnson Wishes Dayton Well After Falling Short

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he’s wishing the victor, Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton, success because he wants Minnesota to succeed. Johnson lost his bid Tuesday to oust Dayton after a single term.

11/04/2014

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Minnesota Democratic Gov. Dayton Wins Second Term

Democrat Mark Dayton won a second term Tuesday as Minnesota governor in the capstone race of his long political career. He defeated Republican challenger Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner who portrayed Dayton as having been around too long and bungling several issues while in office.

11/04/2014

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Minnesota Gov. Dayton Chases 2nd Term In Final Run

Democrat Mark Dayton waited Tuesday to learn if Minnesota voters would rehire him as governor, the first time the veteran politician has asked to keep an elected job. His Republican opponent, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, looked to vault past the incumbent after playing catch-up the entire campaign.

11/04/2014

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1 Year Later, MNsure Remains A Hot Topic For Candidates

We’re a year into MNsure. The largest and cheapest carrier is out, the rates are going up and critics continue to call it a failure. What could this mean for the midterm elections? No matter how you feel about MNSure, it has provided for a lot of back and forth between the candidates this election season.

11/04/2014

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Dayton, Johnson Show Fire In Final Governor Debate

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican nominee Jeff Johnson ended their series of debates Friday much like they began, with the incumbent hailing big-picture successes and his rival saying too many things went awry over the past four years.

10/31/2014

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