Dayton Construction Plan, Local Projects Could Top $2.3 Billion

Gov. Mark Dayton’s statewide public works funding plan and local projects he says merit funding top $2.3 billion for his last in elective office. He announced a $1.5 billion proposal Tuesday, Jan. 16, but the governor’s office also reports that he feels $858 million in local projects “merit state investments,” but he did not include…
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Chatter: Minnesota Should Have Say In Farm Bill

Minnesota would seem to have an outsized influence on the next farm bill. Both of the state’s senators are on that body’s Agriculture Committee and three of the state’s eight congressmen are on the House farm panel, including Rep. Collin Peterson, the top-ranking Democrat and former chairman. All Minnesotans on the committees are Democrats, in…
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‘Acting Lieutenant Governor’ Quiet In First Day On Job

Minnesota state Senate President Michelle Fischbach calls herself “acting lieutenant governor,” but has not talked publicly about the job she just inherited. The Republican senator issued a statement Wednesday, Jan. 3, giving no indication that she plans to be an active No. 2 to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. “My primary focus will continue to be…
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Grandchildren’s Pictures Could Mediate Potential Constitutional Conflict

Minnesota’s governor and soon-to-be lieutenant governor will sit down to discuss their relationship, and potential constitutional conflict, over pictures of their grandchildren. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Senate President Michelle Fischbach, a Paynesville Republican, plan a Friday, Dec. 15, lunch at the governor’s residence to discuss a rare relationship between a Democratic governor and…
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Dayton: ‘No One I Trust More’ Than Lt. Gov. Smith In U.S.Senate

Mrs. Smith is going to Washington. “This is an extraordinary moment,” Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said Wednesday, Dec. 13, after accepting a gubernatorial appointment to replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken. She added that that although she plans to run for public office alone for the first time next year, “I shouldn’t be underestimated. And…
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