Governor, Leaders In Happy Talk Briefing

By Robb Jeffries, Forum News Service It wasn’t exactly a kumbaya moment, but Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton wrapping his arm around Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt for a selfie set a tone of congenial cooperation at the start of a Tuesday, Feb. 13, media briefing ahead of the upcoming legislative session. Between lawsuits filed against…
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Dayton, Legislative Leaders To Answer Questions Together

Minnesota’s governor and legislative leaders often communicate with each other by letter or by talking to the media. But a week before the 2018 session is to begin, Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders from both parties will sit at the same table and answer the same questions. Forum News Service will bring the five together…
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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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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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Deep Into Session, Legislators Look For Starting Line

The Minnesota Legislature passed all of its spending legislation in the last couple of weeks, the earliest in memory, but lawmakers just reached the starting line in writing a two-year budget. As lawmakers start a Passover-Easter break this weekend, they leave behind a few bills they have passed and became law since they arrived Jan.…
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