Chatter: Does New Mexico Ruling Give Hint To Minnesota Legislative Lawsuit?

Minnesota courts only need to look at New Mexico if judges want to avoid taking sides in a legislative lawsuit against the governor. In the southwestern state, the high court’s five justices said that time remained for lawmakers and the governor to ¬†work out differences, sidestepping the issue. New Mexico leaders worked out a compromise…
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Dayton Signs Budget, But No Legislature Money

Minnesota state government has a budget, other than for the Legislature. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the Legislature’s budget Tuesday, May 30, because of what he called “a reprehensible sneak attack, which shatters whatever trust we achieved during the session.” The action was a line tucked into one of the budget bills Dayton signed Tuesday that…
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Lawmakers Plan To Wrap Up Special Session After Protest

An overtime Minnesota legislative session provided an opening to protest the state budget as legislative leaders worked out plans to finish today. Hundreds gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday, May 24, delivering chants like “veto everything” because they do not like spending bills mostly written by Republicans. In many cases, the complaints were that the…
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Updated: Minnesota Budget Talks Resume

Minnesota legislative leaders and the governor are back in negotiations to finish a $46 billion, two-year budget, but they are not telling the public about their decisions. Budget negotiations resumed Friday, May 19, but leaders were tight-lipped about their first closed-door meeting in two days. Late Friday morning, House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said they…
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Is Agriculture Battle Over?

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s aide who so angered farm-area legislators that they said the governor had declared war on agriculture now says he made mistakes. Deputy Chief of Staff Linden Zakula sent an email to the media Monday night, May 15, clarifying two mistakes he made in a May 9 memorandum when he was attacking…
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