ST. PAUL—Minnesota policymakers should have a $1.4 billion available when they start to draw up a two-year state budget in a month, state officials announced Friday, Dec. 2. "Minnesota's budget and economic outlook remains stable, despite continued slow economic growth," Minnesota Management and Budget reported. "Lower forecast revenue projections are partially offset by reduced spending estimates."
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans who buy individual health insurance policies would get either state or federal aid to deal with soaring premiums under a plan Gov. Mark Dayton offered Thursday. Dayton announced a proposal that would reduce premiums 25 percent for 123,000 Minnesotans who do not qualify for federal assistance provided to Americans below specific income levels.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota farmers may not need to install as many mandated buffer strips as originally thought, but it still will cost millions of dollars to comply with a new state law. After announcing Tuesday that a new map is available showing where buffers are required, Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr quoted a new Otter Tail County study that showed just 1,000 acres of land will need to be transformed into buffers to slow water pollution.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators tossed legislation legalizing online fantasy sports out of bounds Thursday, perhaps keeping it on the sidelines this year. "Once you pass this, you give it legal standing," Senate Tax Chairman Rod Skoe, D-Clearbrook, said as his committee appeared to be set to defeat the bill. Senate President Sandy Pappas, D-St. Paul, saw that her bill was in danger, given opposition from Skoe and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants to increase education spending $77 million in the next year, mostly for his plan to offer classes for 4-year-olds. But there is a catch. Many school officials say they are running out of room, especially after lawmakers last year passed a Dayton proposal to expand kindergarten to full days. If Dayton's new pre-kindergarten program is approved, schools would need to fund any expansion they need themselves. “We could not squeeze it into this,” Dayton said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton this morning ended his hopes for a special legislative session to extend unemployment benefits to Iron Rangers, begin the process of matching state identification cards with federal requirements and launch efforts to reduce a financial disparity between black and white Minnesotans. "It is with great regret I am announcing today that I will not be able to call for a special session of the Minnesota Legislature," Dayton told reporters.
ST. PAUL -- State officials estimate that 326,170 Minnesotans live within a half mile of railroad tracks that carry crude oil, a distance often known as the danger zone.
ST. PAUL — Rural Minnesota has some striking differences with Minneapolis and St. Paul, but also some surprising similarities. For instance, north-central Minnesota’s population is poorer than most of the state, with lower income and more school students on government-subsidized free lunch than much of the state.
ST. PAUL — Memories of 2011 remain fresh for Mark Dayton. That was when Dayton, Minnesota’s Democratic governor, faced a conservative Republican Legislature and as time ran out the two...
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s $1 billion budget surplus, which some say really is not a surplus, is attracting drools from organizations thinking there may be money available. Before the “surplus”...