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 -- Jaws dropped this morning as Minnesota leaders learned the state budget will be $876 million bigger than earlier thought. But the news came with warnings: -- A $1.3 billion deficit is expected in two years. -- The Minnesota economy could take another turn for the worse if the European economy stumbles. -- The good news depends, in part, on continuation of a federal tax cut established in the President George W.
ST. PAUL -- Questions abound two weeks before some Minnesota in-home day-care providers vote about whether to join unions. Key among those questions is how many of the 11,000 in-home day-care providers will be allowed to vote. Also unanswered is whether anything the unions negotiate with the state will affect those who are not part of unions. "We are in uncharted waters here," Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska, said Monday, because no one can recall a similar election in which private businesses are being asked to vote to form a union to negotiate with the state.
ST. PAUL -- Winter is setting in, giving soldiers on the front line of the Asian carp war a few months to form and implement a battle plan. "We have a brief window of time," Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Ted is ready for the spotlight. Really ready. In fact, he is so ready that he escaped from his cage in a dark corner of the governor's reception room Friday, and made a break for the bright television lights. Ted proudly strutted past the gubernatorial podium and into plain sight in a large empty area in front of it, where still cameras clicked, video cameras whirred and reporters scribbled notes that looked like turkey scratching. Val Brown quickly launched into action, and as the Willmar FFA's chief turkey handler saved the surprised politicians and media from Ted. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday ordered an election to allow child care providers to vote whether they want a union representing them. Republicans immediately said they will go to court to prevent next month's vote. Dayton said child care providers who receive state subsidies asked him to unilaterally order union representation to improve their wages and working conditions. However, he said, the American way is to conduct an election. The vote will happen next month, with results to be announced Dec.
ST. PAUL -- A federal grant will give rural Minnesota veterans, their families, disabled and elderly looking for rides to places like doctors' offices an easier way to line up transportation. Administrator Peter Rogoff of the Federal Transit Administration made the announcement Wednesday in St.
ST. PAUL -- The wheels are coming off the Minnesota Vikings stadium express. A Wednesday meeting among key politicians resulted in one agreement: A special legislative session to deal with building a new stadium is not likely, definitely not before Thanksgiving. Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- More than 100 Minnesota school districts ask voters to approve paying $900 million more property taxes next week in an election some Republican lawmakers say was scheduled to favor passage. "This is not good for democracy," Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, said Wednesday. Garofalo, chairman of the House Education Finance Committee, said that he will push a bill in the next legislative session to require such levy referendums to come only in general elections when more voters go to the polls.