Dayton Wants Opioid Funds, No Overall GOP Buy-in Yet

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to increase spending to battle an opioid epidemic, focusing on communities that have the biggest problems, such as American Indians. The Democratic governor proposes spending $12 million in the year beginning next July 1. He wants to spend $20 million a year after that, funded by a penny fee on every…
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Pre-Session Briefing Still Available

People who missed Tuesday’s pre-session briefing, or who want to watch it again may go to tinyurl.com/2018FNSbriefing. Gov. Mark Dayton and the four legislative leaders answered reporters’ questions for more than an hour at the Forum News Service-sponsored event.

Next Fischbach Legal Fight May Come Soon

By Michael Brun, Forum News Service With a week to go before the start of the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers said Tuesday, Feb. 13, they do not foresee any last-minute legal actions preventing a state senator from holding a dual role as lieutenant governor — but a court challenge is possible. Senate Minority Leader Tom…
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Governor, Leaders In Happy Talk Briefing

By Robb Jeffries, Forum News Service It wasn’t exactly a kumbaya moment, but Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton wrapping his arm around Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt for a selfie set a tone of congenial cooperation at the start of a Tuesday, Feb. 13, media briefing ahead of the upcoming legislative session. Between lawsuits filed against…
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Dayton, Legislative Leaders To Answer Questions Together

Minnesota’s governor and legislative leaders often communicate with each other by letter or by talking to the media. But a week before the 2018 session is to begin, Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders from both parties will sit at the same table and answer the same questions. Forum News Service will bring the five together…
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