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Dayton Signs 9 Budget Bills, Still Weighing Other Vetoes

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed nine budget bills into law and plans to take final action on all outstanding bills on Saturday. The Democratic governor has already vetoed a public school funding bill he deems insufficient...


  • Rep. Ryan Winkler Rep. Ryan Winkler Resigning to Move to Belgium

    A Minnesota Democratic legislator known for speeches that poke at Republican rivals and sometimes members of his own party is giving up his seat in the state House.  
    Fifth-term Rep. Ryan Winkler of Golden Valley said Thursday he will resign this summer and move to Brussels...

  • In this image from Senate video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a Republican presidential contender, speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon at the Capitol in Washington, during a long speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act. Domestic Surveillance Fate Unclear after Lengthy Senate Talk

    The fate of the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records is unclear following an FBI warning, House-Senate disagreements and more than 10 hours of criticisms by a GOP presidential candidate...

  • House Speaker Kurt Daudt House Speaker Says Dayton Should Apologize for Public Schools Comments

    House Speaker Kurt Daudt says Gov. Mark Dayton should apologize for saying some Republicans hate public schools, but the governor isn't backing down. Dayton made the comment Tuesday after announcing he'd fulfill his promise and veto the Legislature's education budget bill...

  • Minnesota DFL Cans Fundraiser with Special Session Looming

    A Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party fundraiser featuring Gov. Mark Dayton and top legislative Democrats is off. The party said Wednesday it was postponing the downtown St. Paul event scheduled to occur Thursday because of the looming special session...

  • Dayton Says He'll Fight to Preserve State Auditor Authority

    A measure giving Minnesota counties more power to hire private firms for financial reviews  conducted by the state auditor is likely to be signed into law. But Gov. Mark Dayton says he won't let it stay law for long...
      

  • A worker removes a desk from the Hosue floor Tuesday. Session Complete, Capitol Reconstruction Gains Speed

    A more than $300 million remodeling project has moved into fast-forward mode at the Minnesota State Capitol. On Monday, workers removed all of the portraits of the former governors along with original 1905 capitol desks and furniture...

  • Members of Move MN talked about the need for a more comprehensive transportation bill Tuesday. Group Ridicules Lawmakers for Not Doing Enough for Transportation

    A transportation group is touring Minnesota Tuesday criticizing lawmakers about not doing enough to improve roads, bridges and transit. The group, Move MN, says the Legislature finished the 2015 session by putting off transportation issues until next year...

  • Special Session Possible after Dayton Rejects Education Bill

    Gov. Mark Dayton says he will veto an education budget that he says isn't big enough, setting up a special session of the Minnesota Legislature. Dayton had promised he would block the bill if lawmakers didn't add to the $400 million allocated to public schools...

  • Questions Rise About Whether Minnesota House Passed Wrong Bill

    Some doubt exists about whether the Minnesota House voted on the final piece of a state budget or something else in the harried last minutes of the legislative session. Minnesota lawmakers rushed Monday night to adopt a bill funding economic development and energy programs before a midnight deadline...

  • Otto Wants Dayton to Strike Budget Bill About Audit Clause

    Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto wants Gov. Mark Dayton to bring down a wide-ranging state government funding bill over a provision that shifts audit powers away from her. The third-term Democrat is criticizing a clause allowing counties to hire private accounting firms to do financial audits now undertaken by her office...

  • License Plate Readers Get New Regulations, Body Cams Won't

    Minnesota lawmakers have approved legislation imposing regulations on police agencies that use license plate readers, but they will wait for now to set new laws for body cameras...

  • New Minn. Buffer Strip Plan Speeds Implementation, Carries Fines

    Late changes to a plan seeking stricter rules on buffer zones separating farmland and public waterways speeds the timeline for compliance and carries possible fines of up to $500 for violators. The modifications were made early Monday to suit Gov. Mark Dayton's objections to an earlier proposal he regarded as too lax...

  • In a surprise announcement on Monday, President Barack Obama is banning the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local departments. Obama Bans Some Military-Style Equipment Provided to Police

    President Barack Obama is banning the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local police. The announcement is a surprise coming nine months after police in full body armor with armored trucks dispelled last summer's racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri...

  • States saying 'No' to Cities Seeking to Regulate Businesses

    State lawmakers across the country are increasingly saying "no" to cities and counties seeking to impose local restrictions on businesses. In the past five years, roughly a dozen states have enacted laws barring local governments from requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees...

  • Moving Parts, Dwindling Time Mark Legislature's Budget Push

    More pieces of Minnesota's next budget are falling into place. They affect poultry farmers battling the bird flu, college students seeking a financial lift, the upkeep of public parks and much more. Meanwhile, a combative Gov. Mark Dayton isn't backing away from a veto threat over an education bill that leaves out his preschool expansion plan, saying lawmakers should prepare for a special session...










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