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GOP Calls Dayton ‘Out Of Touch’ Following Cabinet Pay Hike

Gov. Mark Dayton was preparing to announce pay raises for his state agency commissioners as Republicans were warning exorbitant increases would become a campaign issue next year.

07/01/2015

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Gov. Dayton Signs Bills, Avoiding Government Shutdown

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton today signed into law the budget bills passed overnight by a Special Session of the Legislature, avoiding a partial state government shutdown.

06/13/2015

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1-Day Special Session To Be Held Friday

Minnesota’s legislative leaders have come to an agreement on a one-day special session.

06/11/2015

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Shutdown May Be Averted In Minnesota: Dayton Drops Auditor Demand

Republican 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.

06/08/2015

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Gov. Dayton Scales Back State Auditor Fight, Sets Timeframe For Special Session

Gov. Mark Dayton “with great reluctance” has dropped his objections to language that would, he says, decimate the State Auditor’s office, but said that other issues still need to be resolved before a special session could happen.

06/08/2015

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Rep. Kahn Files Ethics Complaint Over Alleged Screaming Incident

Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis) filed an ethics complaint Monday against Rep. Dennis McNamara (R-Hastings), alleging that he accused her of conniving with a Minneapolis park board lobbyist and screamed at her so loudly the shouts could be heard across the Capitol building.

06/08/2015

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Talking Points: Daudt Talks Looming Shutdown, Auditor Bill Issues

House Speaker Kurt Daudt, who was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning, said he hopes there isn’t a shutdown over the language in the auditor bill the governor signed and then disagreed with.

06/07/2015

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Dayton Asks Lawmakers To Slow Down Auditor Changes

With thousands of state jobs in limbo, top lawmakers called it a week — with no deal to finish their work in a special session. Legislators now have just 25 days to reach a deal or parts of the government start shutting down on July 1.

06/05/2015

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Leaders Work To ‘Button Up’ Budget Bills For Special Session

Makeshift House and Senate chambers have been arranged for an impending special session. Now all state leaders need are final budget bills for lawmakers to vote on. House Speaker Kurt Daudt said Tuesday that a session this week is still a possibility as long as lingering issues with three budget bills and two other pieces of legislation can be addressed by Wednesday.

06/02/2015

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Dayton Abandons Pre-K Plan, But Still No Budget Deal With GOP

Gov. Mark Dayton has abandoned his priority plan for a statewide pre-kindergarten program but remains at odds with GOP lawmakers over the amount of new funding for public schools. Republican leaders said Friday that progress had been made in private talks but the Democratic governor described the state of negotiations as a disappointment.

05/29/2015

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Dayton And Lawmakers Refocus Budget Fight On Education

Wednesday evening, Minnesota’s top lawmakers started a new round of private talks about holding a special session of the Minnesota legislature.

05/27/2015

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4 Things To Know For May 24, 2015

Here’s a look at the 4 things you need to know for May 24, 2015. They include the latest on the upcoming special session, same-sex marriage becoming legal in Ireland, and some new ways to beat the heat at Valleyfair.

05/24/2015

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Gov. Dayton Not Sorry For Saying GOP Hates Public Schools

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he will not apologize for comments he made about Republicans after lawmakers did not pass his top priority: statewide pre-kindergarten programs. Dayton plans to veto the $17 billion education bill later this week and call a special session of the legislature to pass a new version instead.

05/20/2015

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Special Session Means 2nd Chance For Some Interests

Now that Minnesota lawmakers will be pulled back into action, the second-chance stampede is on. Groups with a gripe about the budget are trying to get in on the special session provoked by a promised veto of a $17 billion education spending plan, and some want Gov. Mark Dayton to veto other bills too.

05/20/2015

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Daudt: Dayton Should Apologize For Remark About GOP, Schools

House Speaker Kurt Daudt says Gov. Mark Dayton should apologize for saying some Republicans hate public schools.

05/20/2015

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Good Question: How Often Are There Special Sessions?

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton sent a veto letter to House Speaker Kurt Daudt for what the governor called an “insufficient” $17 billion education budget bill.

05/19/2015

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Dayton Rejects Education Bill; Special Session Ahead

On Tuesday Gov. Mark Dayton made good on his threat to take down the $17 billion education bill. It forces a special session, but Dayton said he won’t call one until Republicans give him the pre-kindergarten programs he wants.

05/19/2015

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Final Push To Avert Special Session Stalled, Top GOPer Says

A top House Republican says lawmakers offered another $100 million for public schools in an effort to head off Gov. Mark Dayton’s looming veto on an education budget.

05/19/2015

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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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Lt. Gov. Tina Smith: Why Won’t The Legislature Compromise On Education?

Gov. Mark Dayton is not wavering in his threat to veto any education bill that doesn’t include more money for Minnesota schools and funding for universal pre-K, his top officer said on Sunday.

05/17/2015

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Daudt Calls Transportation, Tax Plans “Not Likely” For Year

Already gazing ahead to next year, Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt is indicating time has run out on a transportation and tax-cut deal for the 2015 session.

05/16/2015

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Dayton’s Ire Looms As Legislature Races To Pass Budget

Minnesota lawmakers are starting a three-day sprint to hash out the specifics of a budget deal. Legislators were expected to return to the Capitol Saturday for a weekend of around-the-clock work to finish bills and pass a budget.

05/16/2015

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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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Despite ‘Fish Summit,’ Legislators Deadlocked In Budget Talks

Republicans and Democrats are far apart on the biggest spending bills of the year despite intense behind-the-scenes negotiations, and an unusual “Fishing Summit” on Saturday.

05/11/2015

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