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 -- Minnesota's governor and legislators are preparing for a special legislative session to fund flood relief even as flood waters continue to rise in parts of southern Minnesota. Gov. Tim Pawlenty this morning announced that he and legislative leaders agreed to hold a one-day special session between Oct.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota governor candidates focused on predicable differences during a Thursday night education debate, but some agreements also surfaced. The Independence Party's Tom Horner, Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton all said they would push for better early-childhood education and the trio voiced strong support for reducing the learning gap between white and minority students.
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.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
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.