Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is turning to a trusted adviser to be his running mate as he seeks a second term. Dayton has chosen Tina Flint Smith, his chief aide since he took office in 2011, to replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon. Prettner Solon didn’t want to serve a second term.
The chairmen of Minnesota’s three major political parties are making a rare joint appearance at the Capitol. The DFL’s Ken Martin, Republican chairman Keith Downey and Mark Jenkins of the Independence Party are setting aside differences Tuesday to encourage participation in upcoming precinct caucuses.
A Minnesota Senate committee has approved preliminary plans for a new legislative office building despite attempts by Republicans to delay its construction. The planned building for senators and staff next to the Capitol is projected to cost $63 million, plus $27 million for adjacent parking facilities.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is producing his wish list for state-backed construction projects around Minnesota. He has said his plan to be released Wednesday would approach $1 billion. It will cover construction proposals on publicly owned property from college campuses to state prisons to regional civic centers.
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon says she won’t join Gov. Mark Dayton in his bid for a second term. Prettner Solon announced her decision Tuesday. She says she’ll finish her term. The former state senator from Duluth brought northern Minnesota appeal to Dayton’s first run in 2010.
The state Senate’s chief Republican says Democrats should delay a vote that would allow plans to move forward for a $63 million Capitol office building and $27 million parking structure.
Gun owners who want to legally carry weapons into the Minnesota Capitol could soon have to provide more precise information to authorities. An Advisory Committee on Capitol Security voted 3-2 on Thursday to recommend a change to state law.
Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota’s newly announced $1 billion budget surplus should be used to repeal three controversial planned sales tax increases and for middle class tax relief. The first $246 million of the budget surplus that state officials announced Thursday goes to settling remaining IOUs to schools.
Minnesota finance officials are predicting a state budget surplus of more than $1 billion. That estimate released Thursday means the state can fully pay the remaining IOUs to public schools that piled up during tougher budget times.
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A state security panel backed the idea of more regular permit checks for gun owners who want to carry weapons in the State Capitol, but fell short of votes Tuesday on a proposal to ban guns altogether in certain state government buildings or areas.
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Republican Rep. John Kline is warning of hardship on the nation’s classrooms as they adjust to the new health care law. The Minnesota congressman and chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce voiced the concern as his panel heard about school staffing issues Thursday.
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