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Dayton Calls For Felony-Level Penalties Against Poachers

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to crack down on poachers with tougher criminal penalties and longer license revocations. The governor on Friday proposed a new felony-level penalty for poaching, and revoking game-and-fish privileges for up to 10 years. Current law only goes up to a gross misdemeanor penalty for poaching, and license revocations of up to only five years.

03/27/2015

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Senate Democrats Stress Education, Reserves In Budget Plan

Minnesota Senate Democrats produced a two-year budget outline Friday that would commit $555 million more for education programs and sock $250 million extra into state reserves, a framework that lands them between the ambitions of Gov. Mark Dayton and majority House Republicans.

03/27/2015

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State, Federal Agencies Plan Forums On Predator Compensation

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the federal Farm Service Agency will host a series of town hall meetings in northern Minnesota to explain state and federal programs that compensate farmers for livestock losses due to wolves, raptors and weather.

03/27/2015

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Gov. Dayton’s Approval Rating Hits 54 Percent

About three months in to his second term, a new poll shows Gov. Mark Dayton has one of his highest approval ratings since taking office.

03/26/2015

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Dayton To Urge Airport Managers To Set $10 Minimum Wage

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’ll urge the commission that runs the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to adopt a $10 minimum wage. Dayton, who appoints members of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, issued his call Wednesday in remarks at the Muslim American Society’s Capitol lobby day.

03/25/2015

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House Budget Calls For Tax Cuts, Slimming On Human Services

Minnesota’s top Republican leaders proposed Tuesday a budget that includes $2 billion in tax cuts.

03/24/2015

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Minnesota Republicans Stake Out $7B Plan For Roads, Bridges

Gov. Mark Dayton says he considers a $7 billion Republican plan for road construction a step forward in terms of scope, but he’s less enthusiastic about how it would be paid for. Dayton reacted Monday to the GOP’s legislative alternative to his multi-billion dollar transportation proposal.

03/23/2015

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Minnesota State Parks Seek Fee Bump To Maintain Services

The Department of Natural Resources is asking the Minnesota Legislature to raise entrance fees at state parks so it can maintain services at existing levels. Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposes to bump the current $5 daily vehicle fee by $1 to $6, and the current 12-month $25 vehicle fee by $5 to $30.

03/20/2015

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2 Bills To Fix MNsure Pass Capitol Committees

Minnesota’s health care exchange, MNsure, is under fire at the Capitol. Two committees approved bills on Wednesday that make drastic changes to MNsure, including abolishing the health care exchange completely.

03/18/2015

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Dayton To Lawmakers On MNsure: ‘Look Before You Leap’

Gov. Mark Dayton says Republican lawmakers pushing major changes to the state’s health insurance exchange should look before they leap. That’s why the Democratic governor has proposed creating a task force to study the future of MNsure and health care in Minnesota.

03/17/2015

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Dayton Ups Recommendations For Tax Relief, School Spending

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposed spending nearly all of the state’s $1.9 billion dollar budget surplus on Tuesday. Gov. Dayton outlined a series of new spending programs on children, education and families.

03/17/2015

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Task Force Wants More Child Abuse Reports Investigated

A task force studying Minnesota’s child protection system wants more reports of abuse to be automatically investigated.

03/13/2015

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Gov. Dayton, Democratic Lawmakers Unveil $330M Rail Safety Proposal

Gov. Mark Dayton and democratic lawmakers released their newest proposal Friday morning on what needs to be done to keep communities safe. If passed, it would invest $330 million over the next decade in construction of safer railroad crossings in Minnesota.

03/13/2015

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4 Things To Know: Frozen 2, Food Trucks, & More

These are the four stories you need to know about from Friday, March 13, 2015. They include a craft brew-inspired Mountain Dew spinoff and the return of food trucks and bike-sharing.

03/13/2015

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What Are The Rules Around Minnesota Officials’ Emails?

Gov. Dayton addressed concerns Thursday that he uses his personal AOL email account for work, not state-issued government email.

03/12/2015

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Grim Tuesday At Target Corp. As 1,700 Lose Their Jobs

A new round of layoffs will reportedly begin Tuesday at Target’s Minneapolis headquarters, one day after Gov. Mark Dayton met with the company’s CEO. Employees said that a couple dozen upper managers were let go on Monday.

03/10/2015

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Dayton Says Target CEO Affirms Commitment To Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s received assurances from Target Corp.’s chief executive that the company will keep a robust corporate presence in Minnesota.

03/09/2015

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4 More Dayton Commissioners Get Senate Nod

Four more members of Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet have the Senate’s blessing to serve as commissioners.

03/09/2015

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House Votes To Reduce Seniority As Teacher Layoff Factor

The Minnesota House has passed a divisive Republican bill that would minimize the role of seniority in teacher layoff decisions statewide. School boards would be required to include evaluations of teachers in layoff decisions under the proposal.

03/06/2015

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Senate OKs 8 Dayton Appointees, Leaves Big Names For Later

A handful of Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet appointees are officially on the job. The state Senate on Thursday quickly approved eight commissioners on Thursday

03/05/2015

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Minnesota Governor Headed To Mexico In August On Trade Trip

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has Mexico in his sights. The Democratic governor’s office said Tuesday that he will lead an August trade mission south of the U.S. border.

03/03/2015

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Many What-Ifs Fill Project List For Dayton Roads Plan

The Minnesota Department of Transportation offered more details Monday about a project list that would sprout from Gov. Mark Dayton’s $6 billion road-funding request, providing wide-ranging estimates to arrive at the need.

03/02/2015

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$1.87B Surplus Estimate Sets Debate Over Tax Cuts, Spending

Minnesota’s bank account is projected to run up a $1.87 billion surplus over the next two years, which will drive calls for new spending, tax cuts or most likely a mix. The Department of Minnesota Management and Budget provided the figure Friday in an updated economic forecast that shows stronger-than-expected growth projections, rising worker wages and surging consumer confidence.

02/27/2015

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Senate Approves Bill Retracting Commissioner Raises For Now

A bill temporarily slicing the paychecks of more than two dozen top state administrators is on the cusp of reaching their boss, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who made clear Thursday that he’ll sign it.

02/26/2015

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Dayton Questions Termination Of UMD Hockey Coach

On Tuesday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton added his name to a list of state lawmakers protesting the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s decision to terminate the contract of the women’s hockey coach.

02/24/2015

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