Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans whose taxes are soaring would get a larger property tax refund under a bill House Republicans will push in next year's legislative session. "This is a top-tier priority for our caucus," Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, of the House Taxes Committee said Monday in announcing his bill to increase property tax refunds for homeowners whose property tax bills soar. The Davids plan also would cut $411.85 from every business property tax bill.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans thanked veterans Friday, but one of their most desired honors needs an act of the Legislature and younger blood. Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito said that many ex-military personnel have two major requests: a bronze marker at their grave denoting their veteran status and an American flag on their casket. Honor guards, which handle flag duties, were endangered when state officials forgot to include continued funding in their budget requests, so Gov. Mark Dayton and Shellito found the needed funds on a temporary basis.
ST. PAUL -- Older Minnesota veterans need education help, like those just returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, so the Dayton administration proposes expanding a program to include them, too. Gov. Mark Dayton and Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito on Thursday announced plans to ask the Legislature next year to increase the Minnesota GI Bill's reach to provide benefits to all Minnesota veterans.
ST. PAUL -- A federal grant will give rural Minnesota veterans, their families, disabled and elderly looking for rides to places like doctors' offices an easier way to line up transportation. Administrator Peter Rogoff of the Federal Transit Administration made the announcement Wednesday in St.
ST. PAUL -- A state senator said he blocked spending $60 million of federal health program money in Minnesota because he did not have enough information about how the money would be spent. "It is my intention to give every federal grant scrutiny," Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, said Tuesday after Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Julie Rosen helped produce a winner in a Las Vegas sports competition and is now back in St. Paul trying to work that same magic on another sports issue. It was about a week ago that the Minnesota state senator from Fairmont watched as a bull, in which she owns a 50 percent share, gave a spectacular bucking show to a packed Vegas arena. Yellow Jacket Jr. helped Brazilian Silvano Alves maintain his Professional Bull Riders' point lead with a 92.25 ride, giving him the 2011 title and $1 million after the Vegas world finals title round. A couple of days later, Rosen was in St.
ST. PAUL -- The wheels are coming off the Minnesota Vikings stadium express. A Wednesday meeting among key politicians resulted in one agreement: A special legislative session to deal with building a new stadium is not likely, definitely not before Thanksgiving. Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- More than 100 Minnesota school districts ask voters to approve paying $900 million more property taxes next week in an election some Republican lawmakers said was scheduled to favor passage. "This is not good for democracy," Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, said Wednesday. Garofalo, chairman of the House Education Finance Committee, said he will push a bill in the next legislative session to require such levy referendums to come only in general elections when more voters go to the polls.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota leaders are two and a half weeks away from a planned legislative session to finance a Vikings football stadium, but are far from an agreement on how to collect $650 million that is supposed to come from public funds. On Tuesday, the main proposal for $350 million in local funds collapsed. "My timetable may or may not be feasible," Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Many around the Capitol don't quite understand why temperatures are dipping into the 30s: It can't be fall already. With the July government shutdown and now the increasingly frantic stadium debate, this has been a strange and busy non-election year. "This is the busiest I have ever been between sessions," Rep.