Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s pleased with the progress of Minnesota’s health care exchange so far. The comments come after the federal rollout of Obamacare, which is plagued with problems. Minnesota’s health exchange went online Oct. 1 and has not had the widespread problems other states experienced.
Gov. Mark Dayton sounded off on a handful of issues Tuesday including his own health, as he prepares for two weeks out of the public eye to recuperate from a scheduled procedure at Mayo Clinic to repair a damaged muscle in his left hip. Here are a couple of things the Democratic governor touched on in a briefing with reporters:
Mark Dayton talking with reporters today about his medical issues.
In Gov. Mark Dayton’s ideal scenario, the focus for next year’s Minnesota legislative session will be on pruning old, unneeded laws from the books. Dayton has been collecting ideas from the public and his administrative agencies for the so-called unsession. He has said his inspiration for an unsession came from a 1970s-era advertising slogan for 7-Up that billed the soft drink as the “uncola.”
Hundreds of college students attended a leadership summit Saturday afternoon at the Bloomington Hilton with Governor Mark Dayton. The governor spoke about issues affecting higher education, including his efforts to make college more affordable for Minnesotans. “We invested most of that new money in education at all levels, from early childhood right through post-secondary,” Dayton said. “[We] increased higher education funding by $250 million.”
Minnesota officials say they’ll review an offer from the Obama administration to let states use their own money to reopen national parks that have been closed by the federal government shutdown.
The Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority completed a portion of the terms that could lead to the team’s new stadium. The most important part of the two documents for fans is the Stadium Builder’s License. There has been strong opposition to the use of them, but they have become a part of professional sports.
A Democratic lawyer who once ran for Minnesota secretary of state has been chosen to sit on the state’s campaign regulatory board.
Wednesday marked day two of the federal government shutdown, and there’s growing anger about it. Congress and the President still haven’t come to an agreement, and there are no signs the end will be anytime soon. Meanwhile in Minnesota, top leaders are scrambling to adjust to possible impacts at home.
The Minnesota Orchestra announced late Monday afternoon that the planned Carnegie Hall concerts have been canceled, a move which is widely expected to result in the departure of famed director and conductor Osmo Vänskä. Vänskä originally set the Monday deadline, saying he would quit if there was not a deal that would bring musicians back to work. The possible loss of Vänskä is widely seen as a significant blow to the orchestra’s reputation. Vänskä has not yet made a public statement as of early Monday evening.
Gov. Mark Dayton and firefighters from across Minnesota plan to gather in St. Paul to honor fallen firefighters. Since 1881, 208 Minnesota firefighters have died on the job. Their names have been inscribed on columns in the Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the State Capitol grounds, which was dedicated last year. Also, expected at Sunday’s memorial will be family members of fallen firefighters, the president of the International Association on Fire Chiefs and the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation president.
As some senior level Vikings officials spend time in London, there are questions here at home about the future of the new Vikings stadium. Groundbreaking is scheduled for November, but final negotiations about developments and the stadium lease have been postponed Friday until next week. This is the second time final deals have been delayed. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) has now pushed back their final urgent deadlines for negotiations twice. The team says they will be locked into this lease for 30 years so that’s why they are taking their time.
Just six days before its launch, the state says all systems are a go for Minnesota’s new health insurance program: MNsure.
We have been talking about Minnesota’s first We Day for months, and now it is just two weeks away. Students across the state have spent the past year doing service projects to earn a ticket to We Day, which is a day-long event featuring popular musical acts and inspirational speakers. We Day comes to the Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 8.
The numbers are in from e-pulltabs, and we know now how much money the new gambling game generated for the new Vikings stadium.