Dayton Starts Public Works Campaign

Gov. Mark Dayton may not be up for election in November, but he is campaigning this week. The Democratic governor launched a three-day statewide tour Wednesday to sell Minnesotans on the need for a public works finance bill. He emphasized higher education facility needs at his first stop, Rochester Community and Technical College, and will…
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Trust Lacking, But Minnesota Leaders Hope For Special Session

Minnesota’s political leaders say they have a problem trusting each other, but on Tuesday they pledged to continue trying to pass failed tax and public works legislation. “We all have trust issues with one another,” Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, agreed, adding: “I think the governor hasn’t really kept his…
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Dayton: ‘We Can’t Agree On Anything’

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday morning expressed hope that he would be able to call a special legislative session to finish work Minnesota lawmakers failed to accomplish as their regular session ended last month, but used words like “discouraged” more than optimistic comments when talking to reporters. “This is why I get discouraged about the…
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Midnight Comes And Tax Bill Goes

Legislation that could give tax breaks to a majority of Minnesotans died at midnight, perhaps taking with it any chance for transportation and other public works project funding. The tax bill would have provided $800 million in tax cuts over three years to people as varied as farmers, veterans, parents and students, but was held…
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Legislative Races Fill An Election Gap

This year presents a rare opportunity for Minnesotans to focus on legislative races, and who controls the Legislature. “That’s the whole deal,” veteran politician Nancy Larson said Saturday at the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention. “But people here don’t realize that.” Control of the state House and Senate is up to voters this year, and it…
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