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 churches and other civic organizations have Goodhue County churches to thank for being able to continue their fundraising meals. Cathy Thiel and Pat Irruthum of Wanamingo jumped into action more than a year ago when a state Health Department inspector told St. Paul's Catholic Church in Zumbrota it no longer could hold the traditional church meals offered to the public. "I felt strongly that church dinners should continue," Thiel said Monday after Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Republicans say they are paying what they owe Minnesota counties for information from last fall's governor election recount. "We have about 20 counties left to go," GOP Chairman Tony Sutton said. "We have been chipping away on them." Sutton estimated that the party could finish paying its recount bills within four weeks. He said about $20,000 remains to be paid. "It is about managing all the bills we have," Sutton said. The chairman answered questions about the issue Monday following a letter Sen.
ST. PAUL -- It is two weeks since the regular Minnesota legislative session adjourned without passing a state budget, and less than four weeks to a potential government shutdown, but Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A special legislative session will be needed to pass the Minnesota budget, but other work was finished during the regular 2011 legislative session with 117 bills sent to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature or veto out of more than 3,000 that senators and representatives introduced. Many of the major issues are unresolved, pending the special session. And many of the smaller issues were embedded in the budget bills Dayton vetoed. Bills not passed this year remain alive when legislators convene their next regular session on Jan.
ST. PAUL -- Political sparring around the Minnesota Capitol intensified Wednesday, two days after the Legislature adjourned, as Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota state commissioners received marching orders this morning to prepare for a state government shutdown on July 1. However, Commissioner Jim Schowalter of Minnesota Management and Budget said the first priority remains trying to negotiate a deal for the next two-year budget. The commissioner said this morning's meeting was designed to allow state officials to draw up "some consistent approach" for a potential shutdown. Preparations for a shutdown are under way because Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed what he called a "mean-spirited, divisive, unMinnesotan" proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, but his action will not stop the public from voting on it next year. The symbolic veto this morning drew attention to the most publicized bill that passed the just-completed 2011 legislative session.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton today vetoed Republican legislators' $34 billion budget plan. The vetoes of budget and tax bills came hours after Legislature adjourned its regular session. The actions set up continued negotiations and the need for a special legislative session. If no deal is reached by July 1, state government runs out of money and much of state government will be shut down. The only portion of the state budget with money for the next two year is agriculture.
ST. PAUL -- The smiles seen Jan. 4, opening day of the 2011 legislative session, became frowns by Monday as Minnesota's 201 lawmakers headed home with no idea when they will wrap up their primary job: writing a two-year budget. Republicans who run the Legislature said they did their part before the Monday night constitutional adjournment date. They passed 10 budget and tax bills to fund state government with $34 billion for the two years beginning July 1. However, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton only signed a $79 million measure funding agriculture programs, including food inspection, into law.
Cheeseburger bill passes The Legislature says Minnesotans can eat all the cheeseburgers they want, they just can't sue because those greasy creations made them fat. Senators passed the measure 34-31 late Sunday, days after the House voted in favor of it 76-56. Officially known as the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act, the bill now heads to the governor's office for his signature or veto. This is the first time in seven tries that Rep. Dean Urdahl's bill has passed the Legislature.