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 leaders are two weeks away from a planned legislative session to finance a Vikings football stadium, but are far from an agreement on how to collect $650 million that is supposed to come from public funds. On Tuesday, the main proposal for $350 million in local funds collapsed. "My timetable may or may not be feasible," Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A Vikings football stadium proposal suffered a setback today when legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton announced that a public vote will be needed to approve a sales tax increase to help pay for a stadium. For months, stadium backers have said a public referendum would end the stadium's chances because there likely are not the votes to approve tax increases. The Vikings have said they need to know about a new stadium soon; their Metrodome lease expires at the end of this season and they want a new stadium deal by then. A joint news release from legislative leaders and Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Many around the Capitol don't quite understand why temperatures are dipping into the 30s: It can't be fall already. With the July government shutdown and now the increasingly frantic stadium debate, this has been a strange and busy non-election year. "This is the busiest I have ever been between sessions," Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Doubts are surfacing on whether a special legislative session to approve a Minnesota Vikings football stadium is feasible. "I would not say that we are ready for that at this point," Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, said after meeting Friday with Gov. Mark Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen. "That's the governor's call and we're just going to continue discussions and keep working." Dayton said about his planned Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders met for more than two hours about a Minnesota Vikings football stadium this morning, emerging with no agreements. "All I can say is, 'Stay tuned,'" Dayton said during a brief news conference. Democrat Dayton met with Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, who said they discussed potential funding for a $1.1 billion stadium and took a closer look at three downtown Minneapolis sites Mayor R.T. Rybak wants considered for a stadium.
ST. PAUL -- Finding money to fund a $1.1 billion Minnesota Vikings football stadium is proving more elusive than plugging a $5 billion state budget deficit. Since stadium discussion began early this year, carried over from previous Vikings' stadium efforts, no funding idea has gained widespread support. In comparison, the budget was fixed in July. Stadium funding roadblocks come from all sides: A coalition of legislators ranging from the most conservative to the most liberal say they cannot support using any gambling money for new stadium.
ST. PAUL -- A coalition of legislators ranging from the most conservative to the most liberal say that using gambling funds to finance a new Vikings football stadium is a sure bet to do the state more harm than good. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials hope a $100 million investment they are making in banks will end up in the hands of small business owners. That could result in more jobs across the state. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Republicans want new political boundaries drawn to avoid splitting cities and counties, but Democrats say that judges who have accepted the task of producing new congressional and legislative district maps should emphasize keeping people with similar interests together. It is a wonky, technical debate, but one that could determine who represents Minnesotans for the next decade.
ST. PAUL -- A Willmar company runs the first private business innovation center of its kind in the country. A Duluth firm based in Canal Park, near Lake Superior, is nearly ready to ship an electronic device designed to help people who do not speak English obtain better medical care. They are two examples nearly 800 Minnesotans saw Tuesday as they looked for encouraging news about the state's economic future. They discussed ideas about how to add jobs in Minnesota at a job summit Gov.