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 -- 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.
ST. PAUL -- Doubts are surfacing about whether a pre-Thanksgiving special legislative session to approve a Minnesota Vikings football stadium is feasible. "I would not say that we are ready for that at this point," Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, said after meeting Friday with Gov. Mark Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen. "That's the governor's call and we're just going to continue discussions and keep working." Dayton said about his planned Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials hope a $100 million investment they are making in banks will end up in the hands of small business owners. That could result in more jobs across the state. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A Willmar company runs the first private business innovation center of its kind in the country. A Duluth firm based in Canal Park, near Lake Superior, is nearly ready to ship an electronic device designed to help people who do not speak English obtain better medical care. They are two examples nearly 800 Minnesotans saw Tuesday as they looked for encouraging news about the state's economic future. They discussed ideas about how to add jobs in Minnesota at a job summit Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minneapolis is trying to wiggle back into the stadium debate. After meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday, the mayor and City Council president of Minnesota's largest city said they are prepared to deliver their own Vikings football stadium plans to Gov Mark Dayton this week. Mayor R.T. Rybak said any Minneapolis plan would be less expensive than the Vikings' preferred proposal, to build a $1.1 billion stadium in northern Ramsey County's Arden Hills. The Vikings, who reject any stadium other than in Arden Hills, have played the downtown Minneapolis Metrodome for three decades.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota politicians started 2011 talking about jobs, talk that faded during the contentious budget-dominated legislative session but is resurfacing as they look toward a new year. Gov. Mark Dayton today convenes a jobs summit to find ways to expand employment, and on Monday some tried to get a jump on the summit.
ST. PAUL -- A conservative representative and liberal senator who seldom agree on political issues want to give the Minnesota Vikings football team the Metrodome if the team agrees to stay in the state 25 years. Rep. Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines, and Sen.