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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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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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