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 -- The bottom line: Stay tuned. Thursday was a busy day in the Minnesota Capitol, but those dealing with the state budget deficit reported little progress. That will have to wait until today, Saturday or Sunday, the final days left to take action in the 2010 legislative session. Still, things were hopping, as union, faith and nonprofit organizations rallied to encourage policymakers to increase taxes to pay for programs. "Do the right thing," they chanted. Minnesota Vikings supporters roamed the hallways looking for new stadium support, but did not find much.
ST. PAUL -- Four days remain for Minnesota lawmakers to balance the state budget, but little progress was evident Wednesday as they debated the second major bill in three days headed to a governor's veto. Also Wednesday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty bought a fishing license before this weekend's Governor's Fishing Opener, not hampered by budget balancing talks. Later, Pawlenty hosted legislative leaders in the day's only high-level negotiations. "There is not a plan," House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher said upon leaving the talks Wednesday evening.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators are trying to decide if they can live with a $3 billion budget-balancing solution based on spending cuts and delaying payments to schools. That was the question legislative leaders were asking the state's 201 lawmakers Tuesday night after two meetings with Gov.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty says a budget-balancing bill will not survive as it contains a $445 million tax increase, sending state leaders back to the starting line in figuring out how to plug a nearly $3 billion budget deficit.
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota faces a fiscal emergency, state policymakers said Friday, two days after a state Supreme Court ruling threw out Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 2009 budget cuts. But there was no progress in fixing the problem as the legislative adjournment deadline nears.
ST. PAUL -- A dramatic Minnesota Supreme Court ruling Wednesday threw state budget talks back to 2009. Minnesota legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty failed to balance the state budget a year ago and a high court ruling Wednesday ordered them back to the negotiations table. The court threw out the governor's summer unilateral budget cuts and told the two sides to try again to plug a $2.7 billion budget hole. Pawlenty used a process known as unallotment to cut spending and balance the budget after negotiations failed.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court says Gov.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Supreme Court says Gov. Tim Pawlenty was wrong when he made unilateral budget cuts last summer. The ruling, released this morning, technically only a covers a $5.3 million program that provided special diets to Minnesotans who could not afford the food ordered by doctors.