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 -- The Minnesota Capitol doors swung open to the public this morning for the first time since June 30, one of several signs that a state government shutdown could be nearing an end. An even stronger sign was that three of the nine budget bills have been approved by Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leadership and are available to the public at www.house.leg.state.mn.us/ss2011 .
ST. PAUL - Signs that the Minnesota government shutdown soon may end are surfacing, but work remains. Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the state Capitol to open at 9 a.m.
ST. PAUL -- Judge Kathleen Gearin accepted a tough task, deciding what state programs would be funded during a state government shutdown, and she tackled it with an openness seldom seen in the often-mysterious court system. "We're making this up as we go along," she said while hearing arguments about whether road construction projects should continue. Talking about a previous ruling she had made, she declared: "I don't know if I'm right.
ST. PAUL -- Details of Minnesota's next budget slowly took shape Sunday behind closed doors in a state Capitol closed to the public, but a state government shutdown will not end as early as state leaders had originally hoped. A planned Monday special legislative session to pass a budget is out of the question, given the large number of loose ends that remain. But Minnesota's key leaders insisted that progress is being made. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Capitol remained closed to the public Friday, two weeks after a government shutdown began, but it was busy with legislative committee chairpersons, Dayton administration commissioners and staffers hammering out last-minute details to put government back to work. Facing a Friday night deadline, those involved in nine budget bills looked over spreadsheets and piles of papers as they eliminated controversial policy provisions while making sure spending matched what Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota leaders hope a special legislative session starts Monday to finish the state budget and end a state government shutdown. Gov. Mark Dayton said on Minnesota Public Radio this noon that he and legislative leaders set a 10 p.m.
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 -- 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 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.