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 -- The five men gathered like at a family reunion, showing broad smiles and greeting each other with firm handshakes. Those smiles among top Minnesota policymakers, however, faded and at times disappeared into frowns, foretelling what appears likely to be a sometimes-cooperative, sometimes-contentious legislative session that begins at noon Tuesday. The five are the four legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton all but ruled out the Minnesota Vikings' preferred site for a new stadium Wednesday, and said questions remain about two downtown Minneapolis sites. With the 2012 legislative session beginning Tuesday, those answers are needed soon or no new stadium will be approved this year, the governor said. The Vikings' Metrodome lease expires Feb.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton says he does not have enough information to get behind a Vikings stadium plan, but appears to be leaning toward a western downtown Minneapolis site. The governor released pages of information about the three major potential stadium locations Wednesday, but said enough questions remain for each that he cannot recommend one. Nine proposals were submitted last week, three of which he took seriously. Dayton said he is pressuring backers of each site to fill in the blanks, but did not give a deadline for when those answers are due.
ST. PAUL -- Attacks on Gov. Mark Dayton's public works spending proposal came from both sides, starting Tuesday even before he finished announcing his $775 million plan. Republicans said he wants to spend too much.
ST. PAUL -- Businesses outside of the Twin Cities need a boost, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities said, and the group is asking legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton to provide help. The most dramatic example of Greater Minnesota businesses needing assistance comes from a tax credit approved in 2010, designed to influence people with money to invest in businesses.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's best-known citizen-lobbyist on open government issues says the Legislature needs to be, as they say around the Capitol, more transparent. Rich Neumeister has prowled the Capitol's halls for years fighting for public access and recently took on controversial departures of two state officials. He concluded that in both cases, "with these decisions happening within the Legislature, the public may never know why." The Legislature lives under different rules than other public bodies and can do more in secret.
ST. PAUL -- A Thursday deadline and the approaching Minnesota legislative session are pushing Vikings stadium talk up front. Stadium talk dominates this week, especially on Wednesday because of an unexpected proposal to build a stadium in Shakopee. Brad Tabke, mayor of the southwestern Twin Cities community for a week, unveiled his plans for a Shakopee stadium a day before Gov. Mark Dayton wants all proposals on his desk. "Shakopee hosts 6 million visitors each year at ValleyFair, Canterbury Park, the Renaissance Festival and many other attractions," Tabke said.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative leaders said cutting a business's taxes for hiring people and passing a large public works bill would create thousands of Minnesota jobs. Key to a proposal the Democrats offered on Wednesday is providing a $3,000 tax credit for the unemployed, veterans and recent graduates this year and a $1,500 credit next year. The plan would cost the state $35 million. Dayton plans to release his proposal to fund public works projects, funded by selling bonds, on Tuesday.
ST. PAUL -- Iowans like it when they swipe the Floyd of Rosedale football trophy from Minnesota, they make jokes about Minnesota and, apparently, Hawkeye State residents enjoy showing Minnesota politicians the door. Iowa Republicans gave U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann the boot after their famous caucus Tuesday less than five months after fellow Minnesotan former Gov.