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 -- House Speaker Kurt Zellers cheerily welcomed the governor and other legislative leaders to his office this morning as two days of intensive budget talks began a week before state government could shut down if they are not successful. Neither Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The courts are not equipped to make state spending decisions, a judge said Thursday while hearing testimony asking her to do just that if July 1 arrives without a budget in place. "The courts have been drug into this," Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County said. "We will do our best." Gearin, calling the situation a "constitutional crisis," said she likely will rule early next week on whether she will establish a procedure to keep some state programs funded if Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators cannot agree on a budget before a week from today.
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ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders today blamed each other for a likely government shutdown on July 1. The governor said a Republican budget lawmakers passed would throw 140,000 Minnesotans of state-funded health-care programs, take away $370 in aid for each special education students and force tuition to rise as much as 12 percent.
ST. PAUL -- Ten days remain before the state budget runs dry, but no high-level budget talks have occurred since Thursday. Republican legislative leaders on Monday asked Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A group representing nursing homes and other health-care providers for Minnesota's elderly asked the courts today to keep state funding flowing in case of a government shutdown. Aging Services of Minnesota and Care Providers of Minnesota filed paperwork in Ramsey County District Court to allow payments for 29,000 Minnesotans in nursing homes and 26,000 others who receive care in assisted living facilities or their homes. Gov. Mark Dayton last week asked the court to let those people receive care, but he would not pay the care providers. "Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Optimism was in short supply Friday around the Minnesota Capitol, two weeks before a government shutdown could begin. No high-level budget discussions occurred, and none were expected this weekend after a Thursday disagreement between Democratic Gov.