Dayton Drops Pre-kindergarten Plan To Settle Unfinished State Budget

Gov. Mark Dayton dropped his controversial proposal to send 4-year-old Minnesota children to school, but education differences Friday left a wider gap between the governor and House Republicans than when the day started. “We had a disappointing day,” Democrat Dayton said shortly after he and House Republican leaders wrapped up negotiations for the day, with…
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4 Year Olds At Heart Of Budget Impasse

An early-learning center visit Thursday reinforced the Republican House speaker’s resolve to offer scholarships for pre-kindergarten education instead of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s wish to pay for all Minnesota 4 year olds to attend school. Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, visited a New Horizon Academy early-learning center in a poor St. Paul neighborhood Thursday, accompanied by…
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Farmers Analyze New Federal Water Rule And Wonder: Does It Go Too Far?

Farmers who worry that the federal government wants to regulate mud puddles on their land are examining a 297-page rule the Obama administration released Wednesday. The new water quality rule was not well received in farm country, but agriculture groups’ attorneys need time to study the document from the Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental…
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Governor, Leaders: Short Session Soon

It was fitting that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt stood by a grandfather clock Tuesday after they began planning a special legislative session. The two said they do not want much time to elapse before they revise and pass three vetoed budget bills, as well as some legislation that did not…
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Session Success Or Flop For Greater Minnesota?

Republicans took control of the Minnesota House this year by ousting 10 greater Minnesota Democrats in last November’s election, and immediately promised to make 2015 the greater Minnesota legislative session. The session has ended and rural Republicans think things went well. “I’m happy,” Republican Mary Franson of Alexandria said. Do Democrats agree? Not so much.…
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