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Dayton, Lawmakers Say No Public Money Should Go Toward Soccer Stadium

One day after Major League Soccer awarded a new franchise to Minnesota, the governor said the owners should not expect public financing for a new stadium.

03/26/2015

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Story Of Heartbreak Powers Push To Avert Autopsies

American Indian families are pushing for a new state law allowing religious exemptions to autopsies. Lawmakers are listening.

03/26/2015

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Downtown Soccer Stadium Funding Has Yet To Be Worked Out

While Minneapolis cheered the announcement of a new Major League Soccer franchise, it’s not clear how the owners plan to pay for a new 18,500 seat stadium, and whether they’ll ask for the public’s help.

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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Talking Points: Gov. Dayton Stands Behind His Pre-K Plan

Gov. Mark Dayton is continuing to double down on his efforts to dramatically expand funding for early childhood education.

03/22/2015

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As Questions Mount, It’s Game Time For MNsure

After two years marked largely by disappointment, lawmakers and health care experts are warily eyeing Minnesota’s health insurance exchange as it nears its toughest test yet. The federal money MNsure has leaned heavily on will be gone by the end of the year, and it will have to keep afloat from the fees it pulls in from private plan signups.

03/21/2015

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Bill Curbing Access To Police Body Camera Footage Advances

A Minnesota bill that would limit public access to video footage from police body cameras cleared its first legislative hurdle Friday, advancing the debate over how to responsibly deploy devices that can provide a revealing look into law enforcement.

03/20/2015

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Dayton Picks A Date For State Of The State

Gov. Mark Dayton still has some time to write his State of the State speech. The governor’s office on Friday announced he will deliver the annual address to the Legislature on the night of April 9. It comes just after lawmakers return from a spring recess.

03/20/2015

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Gov. Dayton Proposes Free Preschool For 4-Year-Olds

During a visit to a Newport Elementary classroom Friday morning, Gov. Mark Dayton made his pitch for universal preschool for Minnesota 4-year-olds. The administration estimates the proposal would affect 47,300 students in its first year, eventually growing to roughly 57,000 in a few years.

03/20/2015

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Dayton Says He Wants Task Force Study On MNsure’s Future

Gov. Mark Dayton is asking lawmakers to hold off on making major changes to the state’s health insurance exchange this year.

03/16/2015

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Gov. Dayton Responds To Email Criticism

Gov. Mark Dayton doesn’t use a state government email account. He uses his personal AOL account only for public, political and personal business. “It’s been simpler for 15 years to just be able to do it straightforward. I pay the cost and there’s no question about whether I’m using government property for personal or political purpose.

03/12/2015

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Near-Universal Enrollment In All-Day Kindergarten

More than 57,000 Minnesota children have enrolled in all-day kindergarten in its first year.

03/12/2015

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Gov. Dayton Uses Personal Email For Work

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has never used a state government email account provided to all state employees. He uses only one address — a personal account on AOL.com. In fact, it’s the same AOL account he set up 15 years ago.

03/11/2015

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Legislators Look At Tougher Requirements To Protect Habitat

The Minnesota Legislature is beginning its consideration of Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal for stronger requirements that farmers leave buffer strips along drainage ditches and other waters.

03/10/2015

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With Target Layoffs Looming, Psychologist Offers Advice

On the heels of Target’s announcement to cut thousands of workers over the next two years, Governor Mark Dayton met with Target’s top executive on Monday. Allina Psychologist Lauren Fogel said there are things employees can do when fearing a layoff.

03/09/2015

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Dayton Calls For More Budget Specifics From House GOP

Gov. Mark Dayton says majority House Republicans are getting a “free ride” when it comes to the state’s budget planning. Speaker Kurt Daudt says the House GOP will devote at least half of the state’s $1.8 billion surplus to tax relief while also boosting spending for education and nursing homes. Other Republicans have called to return the entire surplus to taxpayers.

03/09/2015

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Dayton Doubts GOP Commitment To Solving Road-Fund Quandary

Frustrated by a transportation plan stuck in neutral at the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton ramped up pressure Thursday on majority House Republicans to produce a viable alternative to his multi-billion dollar proposal for roadwork and mass-transit projects. Dayton joined Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk in questioning the GOP’s commitment to tackling the transportation-funding issue this year as the session nears its midpoint.

03/05/2015

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Dayton, Target CEO Talk By Phone Before Meeting On Job Cuts

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has spoken by phone with Target Corp.’ chief executive Brian Cornell ahead of an in-person meeting about big job cuts coming to the retailer’s Minneapolis headquarters.

03/05/2015

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Dayton, Bakk Put On A Show In 1st Appearance After Blow-Up

If the falling out between Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk was achingly public, their patching up was equally so.

03/05/2015

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Dayton, Democrats Push Forward $10 Billion Transportation Proposal

Minnesota democrats are showing a united front in the push for a multi-billion dollar transportation project. Gov. Mark Dayton and top democrats want to raise the gas tax to pay for road and bridge improvements.

03/05/2015

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Republican House Helping Abortion Opponents Make Case

Republican control of the Minnesota House is helping abortion opponents make their case this year. A House health committee on Wednesday passed a bill to end state funding for abortions. Another bill passed would require licensure for abortion clinics.

03/04/2015

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Minnesota Won’t Dump Pension-Fund Holdings In Israeli Bonds

Top Minnesota leaders declined Wednesday to shy from pension-fund investments in Israeli bonds despite persistent and passionate appeals from a group that argues the state is improperly taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

03/04/2015

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MnSCU Leaders, Unions Reach Agreement On Revamp

Administrators and faculty at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities say they’ve reached an agreement over a proposed system revamp.

03/03/2015

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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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