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Budget agreement could hinge on policy, bonding measures

With less than a month to go before the Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn, the GOP-controlled House and Senate find themselves fundamentally at odds with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on the role of new tax revenues in fixing the state's $5 billion deficit. Dayton is pushing for about $2.5 billion in tax increases to help close the budget deficit, while Republicans are continuing to espouse an all-cuts budget.

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Dayton cabinet appointments could be drawn into budget deal

Only one of Gov. Mark Dayton's commissioners has been approved by the Senate so far. But as session draws closer to the adjournment date, sources say to watch for committee hearings to take up commissioner appointments, and some more controversial picks could be taken up on the floor. Why? The Republicans may use some appointments as leverage in the looming budget showdown.

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Green light for PCA chief Aasen – so far

In the 1990s he served as the state's emergency management director under Republican Gov. Arne Carlson. Aasen then joined the administration of Independence Party Gov. Jesse Ventura as assistant commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. He subsequently served as director of government relations for Ventura during a time of unprecedented tri-partisan control at the Capitol, with Republicans running the House and Democrats controlling the Senate.

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Dayton’s cabinet is taking shape

Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet is almost complete. On the week in which he was officially sworn into office, Dayton continued to add to the roster of top agency officials who will help him govern alongside the GOP-controlled Legislature in confronting the state's $6.2 billion budget deficit.

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