Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton is about to enter his last year in public office after more than four decades in Minnesota public life, but he says senioritis, the feeling of just coasting along, has not yet set in. "I'm so immersed in things that are alive and important and urgent," he said, ticking off health care policy, Fargo flood-diversion, major economic development projects and the next legislative session. "I really don't think about much of anything else. I have not given much, if any, thought seriously to what I might do after I leave."
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has moved from being "genuinely undecided" on the proposed PolyMet mine to being a genuine supporter. "Nothing of that magnitude is risk free but I think it's a risk worth taking and I support the project," the Democrat said in a recent interview with the Pioneer Press. "But they still have to meet the environmental permitting requirements."
ST. PAUL—When the state of Minnesota sends its bid to become digital retailing giant Amazon's new home base, the package will be full of facts but without the hoopla other regions have rolled out to land the project known as HQ2. Washington, D.C.'s mayor prepared a video of herself asking Amazon's Alexa about the new headquarters; an Arizona region sent a cactus to Amazon's Washington headquarters; and Birmingham, Ala., set up Amazon delivery boxes around town and created a Dash button-themed social-media campaign.
ST. PAUL — In the midst of the divide and confusion over health insurance's future, Minnesota Democrats who would be governor are near united in their prescriptions: Universal and single-payer is the way forward.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota will sue the Trump administration over its plans to stop federal payments that have reduced the cost of health insurance, Attorney General Lori Swanson said Friday. Through legal filings and a late Thursday night announcement, President Donald Trump's administration said that the payments were illegal because they had not been approved by Congress. But Swanson and other Democratic attorneys general say the payments are in federal law and insurance companies are owed them to keep state residents' costs down.
ST. PAUL — The federal government gave Minnesota an extension to comply with the Real ID driver's license law — but only until January 2018, officials said Tuesday, Oct. 10. Minnesota has been hoping that the state's driver's licenses and identification cards would get a pass at least until October of next year, when the state will start issuing licenses that conform to the federal requirements.
ST. PAUL — On partisan lines, a Minnesota legislative panel Thursday, Oct. 5, rejected state employee contracts, sending unions back to their current contracts. The contracts would have covered nearly 30,000 state employees, giving some 2 percent and 2.25 percent pay raises during the two-year period. Republicans on the state's Subcommittee on Employee Relations said the raises were generous and could leave little funding left to pay for rent increases or other increased operating costs.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday, Sept. 28, demanded more answers about the budget clash between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature. In a late afternoon order, the court demanded the Legislature and the governor tell justices about all the accounts the House and Senate could tap, should the high court uphold Dayton's veto of the legislative budgets.
ST. PAUL — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday, Sept. 25, that he doesn't approve of those who kneel during the national anthem but he defended their right to do so. "I personally disagree with those who sit or kneel during the national anthem," Dayton said, adding that sports figures should use their largess to "counteract the deficiencies that they are speaking out against. But I don't question their constitutional right to do so and unfortunately, the president ...has made this into a much greater conflict than it should be."
ST. PAUL—Despite a professional mediator's services, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have failed to bridge their divide. For a day and a half, lawmakers and the governor huddled in a private room with a former judge who had managed to bring together high-profile feuding parties. But even he could not deliver an end to the Capitol fight that threatens funding for the House and Senate. The issue now returns to the Minnesota Supreme Court.