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 -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton this morning told Republicans he would cut his tax increase plan in half, but said that is as far as he will go. Republican legislative leaders left the meeting saying they never will agree to a tax increase. In that case, Dayton told reporters, Republicans need to come up with other new revenue to balance the state budget. "I will go halfway," Dayton said. "I won't go further." A week remains before Minnesota legislators must adjourn. Dayton's announcement this morning was the biggest change since legislative arrived in St. Paul on Jan.
ST. PAUL -- A week remains before Minnesota legislators must go home, but there was no progress apparent in the first overall budget negotiating session this morning. Republican legislative leaders came out of a budget meeting with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton saying what they said when they arrived in St. Paul on Jan. 4: No tax increases.
ST. PAUL -- Republicans in charge of the Minnesota House and Senate join with Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's budget negotiators say they will rely on their good relationships to conclude a contentious budget deal that plugs a $5 billion deficit. However, in separate Thursday interviews with the governor and House speaker, as well as a news conference with Senate leaders, no progress was apparent with 11 days remaining before the state Constitution requires legislators to quit work for the year. In fact, there were signs that Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republican senators do not want their state to become another Iowa. Two years ago, Supreme Court justices in the state to the south unanimously overturned a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman, much like a law on Minnesota books. Minnesota Rep-ublicans took a step to avoiding an Iowa situation Wednesday by approving 38-27 a proposed state constitutional amendment to not allow gays to marry. A similar bill awaits a House vote. "I have a growing discomfort with a small number of politicians in St. Paul deciding this," Sen.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Republican senators do not want their state to become another Iowa. Two years ago, Supreme Court justices in the state to the south unanimously overturned a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman, much like a law on Minnesota books. Minnesota Republicans took a step to avoiding an Iowa situation today by approving 38-27 a proposed state constitutional amendment to not allow gays to marry. A similar bill awaits a House vote. "I have a growing discomfort with a small number of politicians in St. Paul deciding this," Sen.
ST. PAUL -- President Barack Obama has declared 20 Minnesota counties major disaster areas, making federal aid available to help areas affected by spring flooding. The counties have sustained at least $10.8 million in damage. Some federal aid comes in the form of money paid to state and local governments, and some nonprofit groups, for work done to prevent 2011 flooding or to repair or replace disaster-damaged facilities.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota Vikings football stadium bill is not ready for kickoff. "We have some issues that need to be resolved," Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said Wednesday after meeting with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf. "These are not simple matters that are going to be solved overnight." Lanning, the lead House author of a bill authorizing funding for a stadium, said he did not know if the issue can be settled before the Legislature adjourns for the year on May 23. He said he has not talked to Gov.
Update 5:30 p.m. ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings picked a northwest Ramsey County location for a new football stadium costing just north of $1 billion. The team and Ramsey County would pay $739 million for the Arden Hills stadium, leaving the state to fund less than $300 million, which is the limit many legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton put on state contributions. The stadium itself, which would include a retractable roof, would cost $884 million.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota House Republicans propose three mostly rural congressional districts that stretch east to west across the state. The northern and southern districts each would contain 23 counties, with one across central Minnesota, except for the Twin Cities area, including 22 counties. The northern two districts are dramatic changes from current U.S. House lines, and Democrats said Republicans lump together too many dissimilar Minnesotans in the mega districts. "It's just a totally different economy," Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said.