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Aug 14, 2013

Final vote on stadium agreements delayed

The Minnesota Vikings franchise and the public authority that will own its new home are working to break ground on the downtown Minneapolis stadium later this year. But Gov. Mark Dayton’s call for an inquiry into the team’s finances is complicating an already difficult set of negotiations over final agreements for the use and financing of the stadium.

Aug 14, 2013

Dayton, leaders to meet on special session agenda

Republican leadership has used Dayton's openness to additional topics to push for a repeal of the business-to-business warehouse tax.

Aug 9, 2013

On second thought: Put farm repair tax on agenda, says Dayton

A special legislative session appears imminent. Gov. Mark Dayton has suggested Sept. 9 for a one-day gathering of the House and Senate. But the exact agenda for the session has remained uncertain in recent days. Dayton indicated on Tuesday that he wanted disaster assistance relating to storm damage in 18 counties to be the sole item on the agenda.

Aug 9, 2013

Thompson touts electability, regular guy style

Dave Thompson is a good talker. Before the two-term state senator from Lakeville started his career in St. Paul, Thompson spent more than seven years in talk radio. Now, heading into a four-way contest for the GOP endorsement to for governor next fall, Thompson is counting on his way with words to win the backing of activists and ultimately the primary and general election.

Aug 8, 2013

Dayton spars with Vikings’ owners as vote on final stadium agreement nears

Gov. Mark Dayton is taking a hard line against the owners of the Minnesota Vikings in the wake of a New Jersey judge’s decision that the team owners are guilty of fraud and breach of contract in an unrelated apartment development deal. The discord is playing out as the state Sports Facilities Authority is getting set to vote on the final agreement on the specifics of how the team will use and fi[...]

Aug 8, 2013

Mystery no longer: Dayton pushing to bring Shutterfly expansion to MN

The Minnesota political press has finally captured its Shutterfly. The Redwood City, Calif.,-based technology company turns out to have been the company that Gov. Mark Dayton was visiting on his most recent job-hunting foray outside Minnesota.

Aug 8, 2013

Dayton, DFL leaders want to repeal farm machinery tax during special session

Gov. Mark Dayton indicated in a speech at FarmFest on Thursday that he wants to utilize an upcoming special session to repeal a controversial tax on farm machinery repairs.

Aug 7, 2013

Politicos, as ever, flock to Farmfest

In the flurry of activity that closed out the 2013 legislative session, a sales tax on farm machinery repairs became part of the omnibus tax bill ultimately signed into law. Now that the tax is on the books and farmers are facing levies on the labor costs of having their tractors and milking parlors fixed, it’s no surprise that the 11th-hour development at the Capitol is one of the hot topics at[...]

Aug 1, 2013

Governor candidates test campaign themes in first GOP debate

Republican candidates Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County Commissioner, Orono businessman Scott Honour, state Sen. Dave Thompson and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers gathered in front of about 150 Republicans packed into the Mermaid Event Center in Mounds View Thursday night. While the candidates’ positions on issues rarely diverged significantly, each one spent the night testing out campaign sloga[...]

Aug 1, 2013

Dayton, legislators discussing possible storm-related special session

Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders of all four legislative caucuses are discussing the possibility of a special session to pay the state’s share of disaster costs incurred after a series of severe storms hit Minnesota in June.

Jul 31, 2013

New state laws kick in on Aug. 1

The legalization of gay marriage was one of the most high-profile new laws passed in the DFL-controlled Legislature last session, but a handful of other less-heralded policy changes will also kick in at midnight on Aug. 1.

Jul 30, 2013

Dayton: Local property taxes will dip by $120 million

Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislators today took credit for a projected $121 million decline in property taxes for 2014. Republicans, however, flatly denied that the local property tax reductions will happen and Dayton conceded that only local elected officials, not state lawmakers, can reduce property taxes with the increased aid they get from the state.

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