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 three top budget negotiators walked from the governor's office Thursday evening to announce a state budget deal, frowning like their best friend just died. In a way, each had lost a political friend: Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A pair of grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, with chips on the side, may have been just what the budget doctor ordered. That was the menu for a secret 45-minute Monday lunch at St. Cloud's Jules Bistro between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota Capitol undercurrent for months has suggested gambling as a way to help solve a budget impasse that now has become the longest government shutdown in state history. "The governor wants more revenue, Republicans want no new taxes," Rep. John Kriesel recently tweeted. "Enter racino and Block E. True compromise. Both sides win.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Count many Minnesota legislators among those who expect a long government shutdown. "My gut tells me that if this goes two weeks, it will go until January," Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker said. Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, added that a quick end to the shutdown is not likely. "I'm not real optimistic at the moment.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state government is in a partial shutdown and the first budget negotiations in days resulted in nothing more than an agreement to meet again. When Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton was asked what can be done to reach a budget deal with Republican leaders, his only response was: "That's our challenge. ...
ST. PAUL - Minnesotans woke up to fog along Lake Superior and sweltering heat in the south. Many headed out for a four-day holiday weekend while others just headed to work. But more than 20,000 state workers are off the job, laid off by the state's worst-ever government shutdown, and many headed to apply for unemployment insurance. On the first day of Minnesota's shutdown, there was no hint that budget negotiations could resume any time soon. Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Political differences separating Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislative leaders bought themselves some budget negotiating time today by summoning their members to the Capitol, but by evening Republicans were pleading with the governor to call them back into session to pass a temporary budget as off-and-on talks appeared to fall short of a deal. Democratic Gov.