Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's budget talks are at an impasse and two weeks before a potential state government shutdown, Gov. Mark Dayton said he does not know how the problem can be resolved. Republican legislative leaders Thursday gave Dayton a proposal that removed $200 million in tax cuts from bills they passed during the regular legislative session and offered to spend the funds in other areas.
ST. PAUL -- Sen. Gretchen Hoffman has apologized for a tweet she issued last month during a heated Minnesota Senate debate on health-care funding. As required by the Senate ethics committee on Monday, the Vergas Republican sent a letter to Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights. "This letter is intended to be the written apology from me to you indicated by the Minnesota Senate Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct..." Hoffman wrote.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton this afternoon said he is the most discouraged he has been over a budget impasse after seeing what he called a budget "non-proposal" by legislative Republicans. The Democratic governor told reporters that he does not know the next move as the state stands two weeks away from a government shutdown if political leaders cannot agree on a two-year budget. "The non-proposal is extremely, extremely disappointing," Dayton said.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature's transportation leaders today asked for a special legislative session to pass a transportation-funding bill that could keep up to 10,000 construction and state workers on the job. Without a special session, Sen. Joe Gimse and Rep.
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ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton wants courts to order mediation to solve the state budget impasse and if that does not work asked that what he considers critical state programs be allowed to continue operation even without a budget. Dayton today filed paperwork in Ramsey County District Court seeking to allow some state government operations to continue if there is no budget passed by July 1 and there is a government shutdown.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans are beginning to hear directly from state officials what a government shutdown could mean to them. More than 600,000 Minnesotans are opening letters from the Department of Human Services this week warning that their health care and other benefits could stop if the state runs out of money on July 1. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- State and Minnesota Vikings leaders called Tuesday talks about a new stadium constructive, but they offered no proof that stadium construction was any closer than it has been for months, or even years. The take-away from the 90-minute meeting was that a bill must be written by Friday if it is to receive a vote during a special late-June legislative budget session. If the June 30 deadline passes without a budget passing, Vikings supporters could have more time. The most optimistic comment came from Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Vikings owners met with Gov.