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 -- A retired judge is considering whether the courts should stay open during a government shutdown that could begin Friday. It was one of several Monday developments as legislative leaders and the governor try to negotiate a budget. Also Monday, cities prepared to go to court to keep their state aid flowing and Republican legislative leaders urged that the Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota budget negotiations are back on today, with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders planning a mid-afternoon gathering in a Senate meeting room. The Senate announced the meeting late this morning, but there was no word about why Sunday's budget talks suddenly broke off. There also was no indication about what leaders would discuss today. The meeting comes as the state faces a Friday government shutdown if no budget is in place.
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 -- 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 courts to order mediation to solve the state budget impasse and if that does not work asked that what he considers critical state programs be allowed to continue operation even without a budget. Dayton today filed paperwork in Ramsey County District Court seeking to allow some state government operations to continue if there is no budget passed by July 1 and there is a government shutdown.
ST. PAUL -- State and Minnesota Vikings leaders called Tuesday talks about a new stadium constructive, but they offered no proof that stadium construction was any closer than it has been for months, or even years. The take-away from the 90-minute meeting was that a bill must be written by Friday if it is to receive a vote during a special late-June legislative budget session. If the June 30 deadline passes without a budget passing, Vikings supporters could have more time. The most optimistic comment came from Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Vikings owners met with Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate ethics committee Monday night told state Sen. Gretchen Hoffman to apologize for a misleading tweet about a fellow senator. Hoffman, R-Vergas, must send an apology letter to Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, and tweet a link to the committee's report finding her at fault.
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.