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 -- County governments would take over most state road maintenance work, state patrol duties and could levy a half-cent sales tax under a plan they unveiled Tuesday. But some county leaders do not like the proposal. It is a 10-point plan designed to "ensure that Minnesotans get better results from government," Clay County Commissioner Jon Evert said, which could be a starting point to major changes. The Association of Minnesota Counties, of which Evert is president, claims the plan would save the state nearly $1 billion per two-year budget.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
ST. PAUL - A bill borrowing almost $1 billion appeared late Monday to be headed for hostile territory, Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk. An hour before the House began debate on the public works funding bill Monday night, Gov. Tim Pawlenty sent a letter to lawmakers saying he would veto the entire bill.
ST. PAUL - A public works bill appears headed to legislative passage that spends far more than Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants and leaves out some key provisions, including an $89 million sex offender treatment center expansion. The nearly $1 billion bill, funded by the state selling bonds, is not acceptable to Pawlenty, his spokesman said today.
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ST. PAUL -- The chances of a smooth Minnesota legislative session appear to be dwindling, if there ever was a chance. Democrats were livid late in the week after Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill restoring a health program for the poor that he ended last year in the name of fixing a budget deficit. The General Assistance Medical Care veto was even more galling to Democrats who control the Legislature because Pawlenty was in Washington, D.C. for several days, where among other things he was talking to a conservative organization. "The bill sitting on Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The assistant St. Paul police chief says authorities may have found an 18-year-old Eveleth man's body quicker last year if they had tracked his mobile telephone. A bill making its way through the Minnesota Legislature was written to make the job easier by requiring mobile telephone companies to tell law enforcement officers the whereabouts of missing people's mobile phones. Last April 5, Dan Zamlen went missing in St. Paul. More than 1,000 fellow Iron Rangers searched for him along the Mississippi River, but his body was not found until nearly a month later.
ST. PAUL -- No state health care program escaped Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget axe this week. "It affects almost literally every program that we touch," Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman Wednesday told the House health-care finance committee. That is not acceptable to most Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party legislators. "What we are doing here is simply allowing a lot of need to go unmet," Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House kicked its public works funding proposal to more than $1 billion Monday, adding a facility for 400 sex offenders. Representatives voted 92-37, with some Republicans joining Democrats, to fund college, trails, transportation and other construction projects.