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 -- 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.
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, only covered a $5.3 million program that provided special diets to Minnesotans who could not afford the food ordered by doctors. The court decision was not unanimous, with three justices dissenting. It was unclear whether the ruling could affect more of the $2.7 billion that Pawlenty cut after he and legislators did not agree on a balanced budget a year ago. Davis reports for Forum Communications Co. ST. PAUL, Minn.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he would not accept tax increases to fund a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, so the proposal's House author took out new taxes and decided to borrow money instead. Rep. Loren Solberg, DFL-Grand Rapids, also changed the bill so the new stadium only could be in Minneapolis. A second House hearing on the bill is set for this morning after the House Local Government Division approved the altered measure 6-4 just after midnight today.
ST. PAUL -- A bill Minnesota representatives passed late Tuesday continues to trim the state's largest spending area, health and human services programs. The House bill passed 79-54 and cuts health programs, mostly for the state's poorest residents, by some $170 million. Those cuts come on top of $147 million lawmakers and Gov.
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ST. PAUL -- It's fourth and long for a new Vikings stadium, and on Monday legislative quarterbacks dropped back for a last-minute hail Mary pass. The defense is strong: The governor does not like new taxes included in a proposal released Monday, the Vikings have serious concerns and time is running out. But like any Vikings fan watching a tight game knows, anything is possible. A bill spelling out how to pay for a $791 million Vikings stadium was announced Monday by four lawmakers from outside the Twin Cities. The announcement came two weeks before it must end.
ST. PAUL - A bill spelling out how to pay for a $791 million Minnesota Vikings stadium was announced by lawmakers today, but the Vikings and the governor do not support it. The bill would allow one of two funding options. One would tax Twin Cities hotels, sports memorabilia purchased statewide and rental cars, with a sport-themed lottery game adding to the funds.