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Tom Bakk

Nov 19, 2015

Jobless rate dips again, but racial gap remains

The state’s top labor expert said further improvement could be difficult without efforts to break down barriers for black job seekers.

Oct 2, 2015

Senators assess bonding needs up north

The Senate Capital Investment Committee is in the middle of the second leg of its four-part tour of state project ideas.

Sep 23, 2015

EPA policy flicks switch on power plant fight

Pat Garofalo holds a press conference and a hearing to warn Minnesotans of potential economic fallout from the new federal “clean power plan."

Aug 12, 2015

Colleagues remember David Dill as House’s ‘quiet giant”

The entrepreneur and avid sportsman managed to ingratiate himself with a variety of political figures from different regions, ideologies and backgrounds.

Aug 12, 2015

Closed session yields no resolution on sex-offender program

The conference was meant to bring the parties together and seek common ground on potential remedies. Of those invited to participate, only Gov. Mark Dayton emerged with a detailed plan.

Jun 17, 2015

Who won Legislature’s extra innings?

Discipline appears to have paid off for GOP caucus.

Jun 12, 2015

With leaders on board, Dayton calls special session

Fully six bills will be taken up during Friday’s session -- four budget bills, a $180 million capital investment bill and a technical and clerical correction bill -- and legislators will have no surprises about their content.

Jun 12, 2015

DFL dissension mounts over Bakk’s leadership

The liberal wing of the DFL caucus complains about process as well as policy.

May 8, 2015

Tough sailing ahead for budget deal

Observers are skeptical before political leaders convene at Lake Vermilion resort.

Feb 13, 2015

DFL trust issues at the Capitol

The initially partisan battle over Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to give raises to his state commissioners morphed into an intra-party struggle that leaves Dayton at odds with his fellow Democrats.

Jan 7, 2015

Refreshing tone augurs well for equity

While some pessimists are predicting a return to gridlock and dismissing the happy talk as just that, a few important factors are seriously different, and better, this time around.

Jun 17, 2014

The Capitol Note: Turns out, Dayton doesn’t support minimum wage changes

Gov. Mark Dayton isn't advocating changes to Minnesota's freshly passed minimum wage hike legislation, a spokesman clarified on Monday.

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