Dayton Focuses On Education And Transportation, But Open To Other Ideas

Gov. Mark Dayton plans to focus on education and transportation funding when the Minnesota Legislature opens next week, but said he welcomes anyone “to knock on the door” and offer suggestions for what else should be accomplished. “I’m open to anything,” the 67-year-old Dayton told Forum News Service and St. Paul Pioneer Press reporters during…
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Elderly, Disabled Care Top Priorities

This is one of a series of stories previewing the 2015 Minnesota Legislature. It concentrates on Republicans’ policy initiatives as they will retake control of the House. The Senate and governor’s office remain in Democratic control. The top priority for many rural Minnesota legislators is to improve state funding sent to elderly and disabled care…
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Higher Taxes? Take A Guess

This is one of a series of stories previewing the 2015 Minnesota Legislature. It concentrates on Republicans’ policy initiatives as they will retake control of the House. The Senate and governor’s office remain in Democratic control. Let’s face it: What most Minnesotans want to know about the upcoming legislative session is whether lawmakers will raise…
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Republicans Prepare New Rural Agenda

This is one of a series of stories previewing the 2015 Minnesota Legislature. It concentrates on Republicans’ policy initiatives as they retake control of the House. The Senate and governor’s office remain in Democratic control. Republicans who will control the Minnesota House the next two years make it abundantly clear they will focus on rural…
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Democratic Doubts Remain As Daudt Prepares To Lead Minnesota House

Memories of 2011 remain fresh for Mark Dayton. That was when Dayton, Minnesota’s Democratic governor, faced a conservative Republican Legislature and as time ran out the two sides could not agree on a state budget, throwing Minnesota into a three-week government shutdown. While no one is predicting another shutdown in 2015 as legislators and Dayton…
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