Gov. Mark Dayton

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2015 Session: What Was Accomplished, And What Wasn’t

Minnesota legislators scrambled to work out a completed budget before the stroke of midnight, but the 2015 legislative session ended in chaos. Lawmakers managed to pass a $42 billion, two-year spending plan, but the education bill in that budget does not include pre-K funding.

05/19/2015

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Lawmakers Adjourn; Dayton Veto Over Education Spending Looms

Minnesota’s Legislature finalized a two-year spending plan just before a midnight deadline struck, but they adjourned with a near-certain special session looming to solve an education budget standoff with Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/19/2015

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Legislature Passes New Buffer Plan In Budget Bill

A plan with stricter rules for buffer zones between crops and public waterways is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/18/2015

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Lawmakers Scrambling For Budget Deal Before Midnight Deadline

Time is running out for Minnesota lawmakers to reach a budget deal, and money for education is the main sticking point.

05/18/2015

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New Buffer Strip Plan Speeds Implementation, Carries Fines

Late changes to a plan seeking stricter rules on buffer zones separating farmland and public waterways speeds the timeline for compliance and carries possible fines of up to $500 for violators.

05/18/2015

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License Plate Readers Get New Regulations, Body Cams Won’t

Minnesota lawmakers have approved legislation imposing regulations on police agencies that use license plate readers, but they will wait for now to set new laws for body cameras. The compromise bill sent Sunday to Gov. Mark Dayton limits how long agencies can keep location data gathered by cameras on squad cars or at fixed locations.

05/18/2015

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Lawmakers Working Around The Clock To Reach Budget Deal

Just a little more than 24 hours before state lawmakers are supposed to finish their business — it looks like they may need overtime. Gov. Mark Dayton said Sunday he’ll veto a major education spending bill because it does not include his No. 1 priority.

05/17/2015

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Dayton Says He’ll Stand Firm On Education Spending

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s standing firm in his insistence that lawmakers spend more on schools and less on potential tax cuts, even if it means a special session.

05/15/2015

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Brewing Budget Deal Spares Health Program, Defers Tax Cuts

Minnesota’s legislative leaders have promised they’re making progress on a budget deal. Now they have something to show for it.

05/15/2015

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Dayton To Lawmakers: Put More Money Into Early Education

Gov. Mark Dayton wants more money for schools and early education in an emerging budget deal.

05/15/2015

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Small Slices Of Minnesota’s Budget Coming Together In Deal

Legislative leaders say they’re making slow but steady progress on hammering out a deal for the state’s next budget. Top House and Senate lawmakers were expected to resume private negotiations at Gov. Mark Dayton’s residence Thursday with the goal of passing a budget by Monday’s deadline. The two sides have met for hours every day this week but said little about the content of those talks.

05/14/2015

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Minnesota Online Lottery Games Experiment To End

The Minnesota Lottery’s experiment with paperless, instant-play tickets sold over the Internet and other platforms will come to an end because Gov. Mark Dayton decided Thursday against vetoing legislation suspending the games.

05/14/2015

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Long Talks In Private, Silence In Public Feed Budget Hopes

Discussions over how to spend $40 billion-plus of Minnesota taxpayer money have reached a sensitive phase where negotiators are keeping mum about the headway they’re making. With less than a week to get an on-time budget passed, leading House Republicans and Senate Democrats were expected back at Gov. Mark Dayton’s official residence Wednesday for a fresh round of talks.

05/13/2015

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Budget Negotiations At A Standstill On Taxes, Transportation

Minnesota budget negotiations entered a holding pattern Tuesday, with each side urging the other to take the first step to bridge an enormous divide over tax cuts and transportation funding that has narrowed little through days of private meetings.

05/12/2015

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Budget Negotiations At A Standstill On Taxes, Transportation

Minnesota budget negotiations entered a holding pattern Tuesday, with each side urging the other to take the first step to bridge an enormous divide over tax cuts and transportation funding that has narrowed little through days of private meetings.

05/12/2015

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Gov. Dayton Casts Out On Lake Vermilion For Fishing Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton was out on the water early Saturday morning — He was fishing with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk on Lake Vermilion, about 90 minutes north of Duluth, in Tower.

05/09/2015

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Minnesota Senate Votes, Again, To End Online Lottery Games

The Minnesota Lottery’s days of selling instant-win tickets on the Internet, at gas pumps and through ATMs could be numbered. The Senate voted 56-8 Thursday to end games that the lottery launched last year without explicit legislative approval, prompting cries of overreach.

05/07/2015

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Not There Yet: Minnesota Leaders Hole Up For Budget Talks

Minnesota’s top lawmakers are rotating in and out of closed-door meetings in search of a state budget compromise. Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk met into the night Wednesday and planned to hold additional talks Thursday.

05/07/2015

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‘Buffer Bully’? Dayton Embraces Title In Clean Water Push

Gov. Mark Dayton has been labeled “the buffer bully” and run into severe resistance with a plan requiring farmers to leave more space between cropland and sensitive waterways.

05/06/2015

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Senate Confirms Much Of Dayton’s Cabinet

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.

05/05/2015

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Minnesota Bids For 2020 College Football Championship Game

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.

05/05/2015

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Legislature Preparing To Vote On State Lottery Restrictions

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.

05/05/2015

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Boat Diplomacy: Capitol’s Top 3 Headed On Joint Fishing Trip

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.

05/05/2015

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Jennie-O Lays Off 233 Workers In Faribault Due To Bird Flu

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.

05/05/2015

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Minnesota Moves To Help Farmers Whose Flocks Hit By Bird Flu

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.

05/04/2015

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