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 -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders today blamed each other for a likely government shutdown on July 1. The governor said a Republican budget lawmakers passed would throw 140,000 Minnesotans of state-funded health-care programs, take away $370 in aid for each special education students and force tuition to rise as much as 12 percent.
ST. PAUL -- Ten days remain before the state budget runs dry, but no high-level budget talks have occurred since Thursday. Republican legislative leaders on Monday asked Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Twitter and other social media are becoming intertwined with politics. Two situations illustrated that in the past week, and showed the connection can be politically dangerous. U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., got the most publicity on the topic after it was discovered he tweeted lewd photos of himself to women. He resigned Thursday over the scandal. Minnesota state Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, received far less notoriety, but also lost a battle over a tweet.
ST. PAUL -- Optimism was in short supply around the Minnesota Capitol Friday, two weeks before a government shutdown could begin. No high-level budget discussions occurred, and none were expected this weekend after a Thursday disagreement between Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Sen. Gretchen Hoffman has apologized for a tweet she issued last month during a heated Minnesota Senate debate on health-care funding. As required by the Senate ethics committee on Monday, the Vergas Republican sent a letter to Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights. "This letter is intended to be the written apology from me to you indicated by the Minnesota Senate Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct..." Hoffman wrote.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's budget talks are at an impasse and two weeks before a potential state government shutdown Gov. Mark Dayton said he does not know how the problem can be resolved. Republican legislative leaders Thursday gave Dayton a proposal that removed $200 million in tax cuts from bills they passed during the regular legislative session and offered to spend the funds in other areas.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants to keep state troopers on the road, guards in prisons and poor Minnesotans receiving health-care payments, but without a state budget in place before July 1 the state would close state parks, suspend the state lottery and stop payments to public schools. Those were among recommendations Dayton made to Ramsey County District court today as his administration prepares for a possible government shutdown. Dayton's proposal would keep 12,350 state workers on the job out of the nearly 40,000 state employees.
ST. PAUL -- The impact of a state government shutdown is in the hands of Minnesota judges. State Attorney General Lori Swanson on Monday laid groundwork for them to become involved if the governor and legislators cannot agree on a budget before July 1.
ST. PAUL -- Dayton administration officials said there were more questions than answers Friday about a potential state government shutdown as more than 40,000 workers received layoff notices. Gov. Mark Dayton's Cabinet met Friday afternoon, without the governor present, to discuss a shutdown.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is gearing up for a government shutdown. Or not. A Wednesday emergency meeting of the 54-campus system's board of trustees resulted in a resolution supporting shutdown preparation.