Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announces on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, that he will not call a special legislative session, blaming Republicans for failing to support Twin Cities transit funding needs. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Chatter: Dayton Says Clean Water Tops Light Rail Politics

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to campaign for clean water in coming months instead of against Republicans he blamed for torpedoing a special legislative session over a southwestern Twin Cities light rail proposal. The Democratic governor has been very strong in his statements against Republican opposition to the rail project, which he says…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, left, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk announce on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, that there will be no special legislative session to pass a tax bill and fund public works projects. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Forget The Special Session

Farmers can forget about tax breaks to lighten their burden in funding new schools. Drivers on some of Minnesota’s most dangerous highways will not see immediate safety improvements. New state aid cities expected is not coming. Those are three of many issues impacted as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders failed to agree on…
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Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius listens to a reporter's question Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, about pre-kindergarten funding. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Minnesota Hands Out $25 Million To Launch Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Minnesota taxpayers will fund free pre-kindergarten for 3,302 4-year-olds this fall, a far cry from what Gov. Mark Dayton would like. Dayton and state education officials on Monday announced what districts will get money to start the programs. The $25 million legislators approved earlier this year means slightly more than a fifth of the state’s…
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Local Governments Want Special Session

Local government officials across Minnesota need to know if a special legislative session will be called to pass a tax bill. They are nearing a deadline to plan for money the bill would provide them, but Friday is the earliest state leaders will meet about the issue. Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters on Monday that…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, left, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt meet with reporters Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, after touring the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. (Governeor's office photo)

Dayton, Daudt Agree State Hospital Needs Security Help

Minnesota’s governor and House speaker agree that the St. Peter state hospital needs better security, after years of assaults on employees, but how soon that help can come remains in doubt. “There is no perfect answer,” House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said Monday after he and Gov. Mark Dayton toured the Minnesota Security Hospital. “One…
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