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 -- Mark Dayton revised his state budget proposal Tuesday, reducing the expected take from his "tax the rich" hope and adding a variety of other revenue enhancers and budget cuts. The Democratic Minnesota governor candidate said he would raise taxes and other revenues $3.6 billion and cut spending $1.2 billion, leaving a $1 billion gap in Minnesota's budget that has a projected $6 billion deficit.
ST. PAUL -- The headlines read that the Minnesota governor's race is deadlocked between Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton, but there is more to the story. As usual a couple of months before an election, there are plenty of undecided voters.
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ST. PAUL -- Governor candidate Tom Horner of the Independence Party suggests that instead of starting schools early, as 25 southwestern Minnesota districts did, they should only send teachers in early. Horner said that school districts should have teachers return to work before Labor Day and move all in-service days possible to that time, before students begin. "Reserving as many days as possible from September through June for classroom instruction should be the highest priority of the state, Education Minnesota, teachers, families and students," Horner said.
BROOKLYN PARK -- Mark Dayton could see Minnesota borrowing $1 billion to build and repair facilities, Tom Horner sees something closer to $400 million and Tom Emmer would give cities more options to fund their own projects. In a governor campaign that centers on the state budget, the three main candidates on Wednesday looked at a part of state spending- infrastructure such as roads and buildings.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota programs would be cut $2.45 billion and taxes increased $2.15 billion under governor candidate Tom Horner's budget plan. Horner's proposal would lower the state sales tax by a penny a dollar, but he would start taxing clothing and personal services for an increase of $1.4 billion. He said he has not decided what services to tax, but earlier hinted that haircuts could be among them.
ST. PAUL -- Anyone who follows governor candidates around knows they never are alone. Democrats and Republicans almost always hire young people to follow opposing candidates so they know everything the candidate does. It has been happening since the 1980s, but it is even more important and common today. Why? Just think about those grainy black and white videos that often appear in negative campaign commercials, usually accompanied by ominous music. Some of those images come from so-called trackers who, well, track candidates. Trackers usually record everything a candidate does.
BROOKLYN PARK -- Chad Peterson tapped his chest, near his heart, and talked about fallen fellow Deputy Sheriff Christopher L. Dewey: "He will always be a hero here." Peterson choked back tears Wednesday in remembering his partner, but Minnesotans who did not even know Dewey also honored the 27-year-old Mahnomen County deputy who was shot on duty 18 months ago and died Aug.