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New Concert Hall Set To Open At St. Paul’s Ordway Center

Downtown St. Paul’s new concert hall opens Sunday at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. A free community open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to launch “Rock the Ordway,” a three-week music celebration. Gov. Mark Dayton and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman are scheduled to attend the ribbon cutting.

02/28/2015

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House Speaker Says Surplus Douses Dayton Gas-Tax Proposal

Minnesota House Republicans are using news of a $1.87 billion budget surplus to douse Gov. Mark Dayton’s call for increased gasoline taxes for road work. House Speaker Kurt Daudt reacted Friday to the forecast by saying his caucus would push for tax cuts and to apply some of the money to transportation projects. Daudt says the surplus shows Minnesota government is collecting too much and should lower rates.

02/27/2015

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Final Vote Coming For Bill Altering Commissioner Raises

A bill that temporarily halts salary increases for Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet is being staged for final legislative votes as soon as Thursday.

02/25/2015

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Behind Tough MNsure Audit, Details Of More Problems

Beneath a scathing audit of MNsure released last week are additional details that could bolster lawmakers’ case to give the Legislature greater power over the state’s health insurance exchange. The Office of the Legislative Auditor concluded that MNsure overpromised and under delivered in its first year.

02/25/2015

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After Falling Out, Dayton And Bakk Try To Patch Things Up

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he and Gov. Mark Dayton had a private chat where the Capitol’s two most powerful Democrats committed to moving on after a public feud.

02/25/2015

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Recommendations Heard To Improve Education For Native American Students

Numbers released on Tuesday showed that Native American students in Minnesota have among the lowest graduation and highest dropout rates in the country.

02/25/2015

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Senate Republicans Outbid Governor In Education Wish List

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate want to spend more money on education than the state’s Democratic governor does. Sen. Sean Nienow says the Republican proposal would total around $450 million in extra school funding over the next two years.

02/24/2015

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MOA Strengthens Security Following Video Threat

The Mall of America is beefing up security after the terror group that carried out a deadly attack at an African shopping mall called for a similar mission on shopping venues in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.

02/22/2015

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Capitol Leaders In Talks About Way Out On Pay-Raise Standoff

House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he, Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk are “nearing agreement” on a plan to settle a commissioner pay raise dispute that is holding up an important spending bill. Daudt said Wednesday they hope to strike a deal in time for House consideration on Thursday. Bakk confirmed the talks but said any agreement would likely be subject to a review by a joint House-Senate conference committee.

02/18/2015

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Auditor: MNsure’s ‘Failures Outweighed Its Achievements’

A lack of adequate testing before the state’s health insurance exchange launched in 2013 and other issues meant the exchange’s “failures outweighed its achievements” in its first year, the legislative auditor concluded in a report released Tuesday.

02/17/2015

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Talking Points: Health Dept. Head Talks Commissioner Pay Raises

More drama is expected this week at the Capitol as both Republicans and Democrats battle Gov. Mark Dayton over his awarding his commissioners large pay raises.

02/15/2015

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Dayton Enraged By DFL Move To Suspend Pay Raises

The hefty pay hikes proposed for Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet were already controversial when the State Senate met on Thursday. But it was Dayton’s fellow Democrats who voted to suspend the raises until July 1. “That will give the legislature time I think to put the kind of thoughtful review into the study and the salary to make sure that it indeed is warranted,” Sen. Tom Bakk said.

02/12/2015

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Dayton: ‘I Can Live With’ Cuts To Agency Budgets Over Pay

Gov. Mark Dayton says he “can live with” a GOP move to modestly trim budgets of a few state agencies in response to raises he granted department commissioners.

02/12/2015

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Dayton, Republicans At Odds Over Cabinet Raises

Gov. Mark Dayton regards stinging criticism from legislative Republican over his raises for agency commissioners as being done out of revenge. Dayton lashed out Wednesday over the GOP’s attention to recently announced raises, which were authorized by lawmakers in 2013.

02/11/2015

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Dayton Agrees To Meet On Cabinet Raises But Won’t Testify

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s willing to discuss raises he awarded state agency commissioners in a meeting with lawmakers that is open to the media, but he won’t testify before a House panel. Dayton declined an invitation to address the House State Government Finance Committee in an upcoming hearing about big raises for members of his cabinet.

02/10/2015

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Republican Lawmakers Respond To Governor’s Pay Hikes

Minnesota Republican leaders today ramped up their criticism of Gov. Mark Dayton’s hefty pay hikes for his Cabinet. The Democratic governor issued a letter to the legislature, calling the pay hikes “necessary” and “legal.”

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House GOP Signals Possible Fight Over Education Funding

Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed funding package for children and education could see some pushback from House Republicans this year.

02/04/2015

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House GOP Signals Possible Fight Over Education Funding

Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed funding package for children and education could see some pushback from House Republicans this year. They signaled as much in a joint House hearing on finance for education and health and human services Wednesday.

02/04/2015

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Inspection Backlog, Complaints Trouble Funeral Homes

State officials are trying to get a handle on a growing number of complaints at funeral homes.

02/02/2015

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Dayton Says Body Cam Video Should Be ‘Carefully Limited’

As Minnesota’s debate over police body-camera footage revs up, Gov. Mark Dayton says the data captured “needs to be confined and carefully limited.”

02/02/2015

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Dayton Wants New Financial Protection Law For Elderly

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to stiffen the penalties for financial scammers who target older and vulnerable Minnesotans. The Democratic governor included a new financial protection law in his two-year budget proposal.

01/29/2015

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Lawmakers Advance Bills Curbing Online Lottery Sales

Legislation reeling in the Minnesota Lottery’s spread into sales of tickets through gas pumps, ATMs and its Internet site is again on the move.

01/28/2015

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Budget Fine Print: More Fines For Texting Drivers, Park Fees

Getting caught texting while driving could carry a steeper fine. Entrance fees at Minnesota state parks would rise slightly to pay for upkeep. Meat, poultry, canning and other food-production plants would be more likely to come under inspection thanks to beefed-up budgets.

01/28/2015

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Council: Metro Transit Sees Highest Ridership Since 1981

The Metropolitan Council says that in 2014 Metro Transit buses and trains had the highest ridership tally in more than 30 years.

01/28/2015

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Dayton Signs $17M Flood, Disaster Relief Bill

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill to help rebuild Minnesota roads and restore lands hit by flooding last June. Dayton signed the bill Tuesday. The bill provides $17.3 million in state aid, including $11.8 million for flood and disaster relief.

01/27/2015

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