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 -- Rep. Larry Howes was furious as seconds ticked away toward the 2011 Minnesota Legislature's adjournment deadline. While the Walker Republican's colleagues in the House debated tiny details of a bill funding outdoors and arts programs, senators were not even meeting.
ST. PAUL -- A special legislative session will be needed to pass the Minnesota budget, but other work was finished during the regular 2011 legislative session with 117 bills sent to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature or veto out of more than 3,000 that senators and representatives introduced. Many of the major issues are unresolved, pending the special session. And many of the smaller issues were embedded in the budget bills Dayton vetoed. Bills not passed this year remain alive when legislators convene their next regular session on Jan.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says it has been "business as usual" in his department, but that is about to change as the state faces what the governor calls a likely government shutdown. Frans said he, like other state commissioners, looked at plans drawn up in 2001 and 2005 when shutdowns loomed. Now state leaders are going beyond dusting off old reports and actually are making plans just in case there is no new budget when money runs out July 1. "We are at the very, very beginning," Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state commissioners received marching orders this morning to prepare for a state government shutdown on July 1. However, Commissioner Jim Schowalter of Minnesota Management and Budget said the first priority remains trying to negotiate a deal for the next two-year budget. The commissioner said this morning's meeting was designed to allow state officials to draw up "some consistent approach" for a potential shutdown. Preparations for a shutdown are under way because Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed what he called a "mean-spirited, divisive, unMinnesotan" proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, but his action will not stop the public from voting on it next year. The symbolic veto this morning drew attention to the most publicized bill that passed the just-completed 2011 legislative session.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials are preparing for a July 1 government shutdown after Gov. Mark Dayton blamed right-wing Republicans for refusing to compromise on a new state budget. Democrat Dayton on Tuesday vetoed Republican lawmakers' $34 billion budget plan for the next two years and said there is a "strong likelihood" of a shutdown.
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ST. PAUL -- The smiles seen on Jan. 4, opening day of the 2011 legislative session, became frowns by Monday as Minnesota's 201 lawmakers headed home with no idea when they will wrap up their primary job: writing a two-year budget. Republicans who run the Legislature said they did their part before the Monday night constitutional adjournment date. They passed 10 budget and tax bills to fund state government with $34 billion for the two years beginning July 1. However, Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A bill written to raise awareness of a rare disease that killed a southwest Minnesota boy is headed to the governor. On the last day of the Legislature's regular session, the Minnesota House voted 129-1 Monday in favor of creating Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week in the third full week of September each year. The Senate already passed the bill. "This can affect anybody at any time," Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, said before the House vote. Hamilton brought the bill up after the death of 1-year-old Leo, son of Andrew Nesseth and Lindsay Chapman of Jackson County.