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 representatives rejected spending $46.7 million to prevent floods. The early vote today resulted in 76 representatives for the bill and 57 against; it needed 81 to pass. But the bill's sponsor said he expects an even larger public works bill, including more than just flood projects, to be considered in a likely special legislative session. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislative leaders and governor continue meeting but not progressing on the state budget. The key disagreement is the same as it has been for months: Republicans who control the Legislature refuse to spend more than $34 billion in the next two years and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton insists on raising taxes to spend more. Dayton's latest proposal is $35.8 billion. Neither side shows signs of giving and there may not be time to technically rework nine tax and spend bills by the Legislature's midnight Monday deadline to adjourn. Dayton and leaders met twice Friday.
ST. PAUL -- Demonstrators lined the halls near the House chamber Thursday, making noise for both sides of the gay-marriage de-bate. The noise was so loud that it forced the Ho-use doorkeeper to keep massive doors closed so that representatives debating bills could hear what was going on.
ST. PAUL -- Two colorful quotes demonstrate the tough state of the Legislature. "Anyway, back to King Tut," Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, told fellow senators as she returned to a lengthy discussion of all things Tut and dinosaur, saying the Science Museum of Minnesota would be hurt by a bill cutting state programs. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, showed the mood of chief policymakers when he described Gov.
ST. PAUL - Torrey Westrom hopes his historic moment helps other Americans. The Minnesota state representative stood in as House speaker Tuesday afternoon, apparently the first time a blind person ever to run state House debate anywhere in the country. "If nothing else, hopefully, it will motivate people who have a challenge in their life," the Elbow Lake Republican said after his experience. On the raised podium above the House chamber, under a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, a House staff member stood nearby to tell Westrom when a lawmaker stood to speak.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislative Republicans went after Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's legislative leaders and governor say, in effect, that they are done negotiating with themselves and at least are talking about working together on a new state budget. But in case that does not work, several of Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will host an early meeting today with the National Football League commissioner and sponsors of legislation to build a new Vikings stadium. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in Minnesota to discuss the $1 billion stadium project, which the Vikings want to build in the northwestern Ramsey County community of Arden Hills. Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said he and Sen.
ST. PAUL -- The two sides in Minnesota's budget conflict agree on one thing: They are in no mood to negotiate away issues they hold dear in the remaining seven days of the 2011 legislative session. Gov.
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.