Broadband, Racial Equity Top Dayton Wish List

Giving all Minnesotans equal access to high-speed Internet and promoting racial economic equality are Gov. Mark Dayton’s top requests in seeking a $700 million budget boost. Each would cost $100 million. He also announced Tuesday that he wants to supplement a $42 billion, two-year budget he and lawmakers enacted a year ago with $77 million…
Read More

Bonding ‘like Pushing Boulder Uphill’

For those who took a long weekend and missed Friday’s announcement: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton knows his $1.4 billion public works project plan cannot happen as proposed. “It’s like pushing a boulder uphill,” he said Friday in announcing his proposal, one of the largest such requests in history and a big target for Republicans who…
Read More

Political Chatter: Democrats Seek To Stop Rural Legislative Losses

Minnesota Democrats hope the flip-flopping of state House control continues through one more election. Democrats mostly dominated the House for years, until Republicans held control from 1999 to 2006. Since then, Democrats controlled two two-year sessions, Republicans won the House back in 2011 before Democrats took it in 2013. Republicans control the current two-year Legislature…
Read More

Updated: Budget Surplus Grows

Minnesota’s budget surplus has ballooned to $1.9 billion, state officials announced Thursday morning. The surplus, more than double what lawmakers had when they finished work in June, drops to $1.2 billion when $665 million is allocated to reserves and to make payments required by state law. The money is projected to be available for the…
Read More

‘I Think We’re There’ On Budget Deal

A state budget deal is all done except for a few details, the chief negotiators said Monday, making a special session for lawmakers to complete their work possible as early as late this week. The almost-deal came on the day when nearly 10,000 state workers were told they could be laid off if no budget…
Read More