Chatter: Dayton’s ‘Not Affordable’ Insurance Quote Spurs Lots Of Talk

“The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people.” Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had not even finished the sentence when political reporters knew they had a story. After all, Dayton has been a strong proponent of the federal health care law, better known as Obamacare, and pushed to…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells reporters Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, that the federal "Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable" and he is looking into what the state can do to reduce health insurance costs. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Dayton: ‘Affordable Care Act Is No Longer Affordable’ For Many Americans

Minnesota’s governor says a President Barack Obama inspired health-care law needs work. “The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people,” Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday, Oct. 12, while encouraging state and federal lawmakers to make changes. Soaring health insurance costs are a “very serious problem,” Dayton told…
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With Gov. Mark Dayton's arm around her, Valerie Castile walks across the Minnesota Capitol complex Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, after Dayton announced formation of a council to improve police-community relations. Castile's son, Philando, was shot and killed by a Twin Cities police officer. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Dayton Launches Council To Improve Police-Community Relations

The shooting deaths of two young black men at the hands of Twin Cities police officers has prompted Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to establish a council looking into how to improve law enforcement-community relations. Dayton signed an executive order establishing the 32-member council on Wednesday, Oct. 12, giving it a deadline of next February to…
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Conservative Group Faults Minnesota Tax Law

A conservative group says Minnesota’s taxes are the 46th most competitive in the country. The Tax Foundation reported on Wednesday, Sept. 28, that when considering corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance taxes, Minnesota finished near the last. Only Vermont, Washington, D.C., California, New York and New Jersey have worse business tax climates, the…
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Minnesota leaders walk outside to talk to reporters Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, after they failed to reach a deal to call a special legislative session. From left are House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Staff Talks Begin New Work Toward Special Legislative Session

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a special legislative session dead just more than a month ago, but on Thursday, Sept. 22, legislative and executive branch staff members gather to discuss bringing legislators back this fall. The governor raised the possibility of resurrecting special session talks during a late-August State Fair interview and talked to House…
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