4 Things To Know: BLM To Meet St. Paul Mayor, Last Wild Preseason Game & MoreFrom Black Lives Matter St. Paul meeting with the city's mayor to a government shutdown avoided, here are the four stories to know for Thursday, Oct. 1.
Shutdown May Be Averted In Minnesota: Dayton Drops Auditor DemandRepublican Lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton have reached a deal on the Minnesota state budget, avoiding a potential government shutdown on July 1 that would have left around 9,500 government workers unemployed.
Special Session Plans On Hold As Leaders Work To Reach PactNegotiations over a deal to enable a special legislative session are at a standstill. Minnesota House Republicans and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton remain at odds over a couple of bills and a new law altering the authority of the state auditor.
Dayton, House GOP Reach Tentative Deal On EducationGov. Mark Dayton and majority House Republicans came to a tentative deal Monday on education funding, the largest unresolved piece of the state budget fight that's pushed Minnesota toward a potential government shutdown.
Layoff Notices Set To Hit State Workers' Desks 1 Month Before ShutdownStarting Monday, thousands of Minnesotans will find an unwanted warning in their mailboxes. The state will begin to send out layoff notices to state employees who could be impacted if a budget deal isn't reached by July 1st.
With No Budget Deal, Government Shutdown LoomsThere are no budget talks this weekend and a date for a special session has still not been set. If state lawmakers can't reach a budget deal by July 1, there will be a partial government shutdown.
Dayton To Meet With Daudt On Possible Special SessionGovernor Mark Dayton will meet with House Speaker Kurt Daudt Tuesday to lay the groundwork for a special session. The two are trying to work things out to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Dayton Says He Will Be ‘Unbound’ In 2nd TermMinnesota voters gave Gov. Dayton a solid re-election victory. But unlike the last two years of Democratic dominance, Dayton's fresh reality is a new Republican majority in the Minnesota House. "I'm proud to say that Democrats' total control of state government in Minnesota is over," said Rep. Kurt Daudt, the House minority leader. Exuberant Republicans will take back the House they lost just two years ago. That's when they battled Gov. Dayton to a budget standoff, and a 17-day government shutdown -- the longest in U.S. history.
Talking Points: Rep. Paulsen On Divided MN GOPThe government shutdown may be over but there are real questions about whether Congress can reach an agreement on a budget and the debt ceiling in coming months.
Talking Points: Klobuchar On A Possible 2nd Gov't ShutdownThe government shutdown may have ended but there is already concern that another shutdown could happen in just a few months. Congress now faces deadline starting in January to achieve budget and debt ceiling deals.
Minnesota's Klobuchar Assumes More Visible Role Seeking an opportunity to slice through the political bitterness clouding Washington, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar did what felt natural a few weeks ago: She organized a bipartisan potluck at her apartment. All but a few of the 20 female senators came.
Superior National Forest Returning To Normal Operations in the Superior National Forest are getting back to normal with the end of the federal government shutdown. Forest spokeswoman Kris Reichenbach says some campgrounds had to be closed due to the shutdown, and some forest roads were closed while roadwork was suspended.