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 Dayton administration predicts Minnesotans’ property tax bills will fall next year. Maybe so, maybe not. Local government officials are considering what to do with property taxes, including looking at whether they need to increase spending, and taxes, after a decade-long funding drought.
ST. PAUL -- Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton plan a late-afternoon Friday meeting to work out details about a probable special session that could appropriate money for disaster relief and, perhaps, overturn a tax or two. Dayton said he hopes the five can at least agree on the date of a special session, which he proposes to be Sept. 9. He said he would love an agreement that legislators will only consider the disaster and overturning a farm implement repair tax.
ST. PAUL -- An organization opposed to wolf hunting says a drop in the animal’s population means this year’s Minnesota hunting season should be canceled. Howling for Wolves is launching a petition drive in an effort to convince Gov. Mark Dayton and his Department of Natural Resources to kill the season scheduled to begin in November.
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REDWOOD FALLS -- Gov. Mark Dayton has asked the agency building a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium to see if team owners’ New Jersey legal problems could affect the Minneapolis stadium. A final stadium construction contract is not due to be signed with the Wilf family until fall, Dayton told reporters after he spoke today at the Farmfest event in southwestern Minnesota.
REDWOOD FALLS — Top agriculture members of Congress can be ready with a backup farm bill quickly, but it is not clear if it ever will see the light of day. U.S. Rep.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota same-sex couples wed both in large groups and intimate settings early today as state law specifically allows gay marriages for the first time. “I am proud that Minnesota ... is in the forefront,” Gov. Mark Dayton said before Minnesota joined Rhode Island today in becoming the 12th and 13th states where gays can legally wed. Celebrations included mass weddings in cities like Minneapolis, Duluth and Moorhead, but quiet ceremonies were held in homes, courthouses and other locales throughout Minnesota. Mayor R.T.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota state commission provided a key approval Wednesday to a northern Minnesota oil pipeline expansion as chants of "shame on you" rang out in the downtown St. Paul meeting room. "We are the people you represent," one of more than 100 protesters shouted as all five Public Utilities Commission members approved increasing the pipeline's capacity after a brief discussion of the pipeline issue with no chance for public testimony.
BLOOMINGTON — President Barack Obama’s education secretary told an audience packed with Minnesota educators Tuesday that he would like to send the state millions more dollars to match state money approved this year to increase early-childhood education. But any such appropriation first must get through a Congress that has failed to pass a budget. Secretary Arne Duncan said political leaders need to face reality and understand that spending money on children now will save money for years to come. Duncan appeared at three events Tuesday, including a discussion with Gov.