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—A controversial northern Minnesota oil pipeline is not about to become the site of a protest like that seen for months in North Dakota. At least not yet. "We are still quite a ways away from that," Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday, July 6. Others agree, but there are no guarantees that if Enbridge receives permission to replace its Line 3 pipeline that everything will remain calm up north.
ST. PAUL—Average Minnesotans should be involved in training police officers to deal with tense racial situations, Gov. Mark Dayton says as $12 million heads to police departments across the state. "It is only by them coming together and working together and recognizing the common cause we all have" that the new training program will be successful, Dayton said Thursday, July 6, the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer. "We all need to learn to live together."
ST. PAUL—Dalton Fitch likes videos, no surprise for a 10-year-old boy. But for him, watching videos and using other technology is more than pleasure. As a youth who suffers from autism, technology is a way that Dalton can connect to the rest of the world. "He is extremely interested in anything visual," his mother, Kirsten Klang, said. "That is how he learns." However, Dalton usually cannot connect to the internet for videos and other online aids because the family lives in a northern Minnesota area without wired internet service.
ST. PAUL—Mark Sellner sat in Sarasota Springs, Fla., where it was 91 degrees and partly cloudy, with 56 percent humidity. There was a zero percent chance of state estate taxes. In Plymouth, Minn., which he left less than a year ago, the temperature at the same time was 74, with sunny skies and 30 percent humidity. There was a 100 percent chance hundreds of Minnesotans' estates will pay taxes.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota trade delegation in Cuba says the country is hungry for American farm products, but obstacles must be overcome first. "Some things need to happen," Jim Zenk of the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotional Council said from a sunny and humid Havana during a Thursday, June 22, conference call with reporters. President Harold Wolle Jr. of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Zenk said that among the needs is a way for Cubans to get financial credit to buy American goods. Credit is not available.
PAUL — The Minnesota Legislature is preparing to sue the governor. A legislative committee plans a Friday, June 2, meeting to consider hiring a lawyer after Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed legislative funding for the next two years.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a $46 billion, two-year state budget into law, except for one item: funding for the state Legislature. Dayton vetoed the Legislature's funding for the two years beginning July 1, which raised a many questions and created some confusion. Here are some questions and answers that may help clear up the issue: Does state government have a budget? Mostly. Dayton signed 10 bills that fund state government to the tune of $46 billion over the next two years. However, he vetoed about $130 million in funding for the Legislature.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota state government has a budget, other than for the Legislature. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the Legislature's budget Tuesday, May 30, because of what he called "a reprehensible sneak attack, which shatters whatever trust we achieved during the session." The action was a line tucked into one of the budget bills Dayton signed Tuesday that stopped Revenue Department funding unless another bill cutting taxes became law. That "poison pill," Dayton said, was "snuck" into a bill funding many state programs that he did not feel he could veto.
PAUL — Minnesota counties have a right to pick who audits their books, the state Appeals Court says, and the state's highest court also will have an opportunity to weigh in. State Auditor Rebecca Otto says she will appeal the Tuesday, May 30, decision to the Supreme Court.
ST. PAUL -- The $46 billion question remains unanswered. Minnesota legislators finished passing a two-year state budget of that size early Friday, May 26, after nearly five months in regular session and more than three days in special session, but now those interested in state spending will wait until Tuesday to see if Gov. Mark Dayton signs them into law.