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 — Thousands of poor Minnesota families begin getting more state aid Wednesday as the new state budget begins. The $42 billion, two-year overall state budget provides more housing assistance, as well as lower child care costs. "Too many children are living in poverty without proper housing and other basics," Assistant Commissioner Jim Koppel of the Human Services Department said.
ST. PAUL — It has been a week since the Minnesota Legislature went into overtime and finished passing the state budget, but talk about how lawmakers treated greater Minnesota is far from finished. So far, the grade is mixed.
ST. PAUL – Gov. Mark Dayton gave up his last major must-do item for a special Minnesota legislative session, setting up the possibility that lawmakers can pass the rest of...
ST. PAUL - Minnesota budget negotiators plodded along Thursday, reaching no overall agreement that would allow the governor to schedule a special legislative session to finish passing the state budget...
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans read their newspapers, watch television, listen to radio and follow social media to get updates about state budget talks, but the average news consumer has little idea about how that information reaches them. Or how much more information does not. The story is a hurry-up-and-wait tale of politicians vs. the media, this year with a twist of fancy digs, rain and sunburn. Here is how it typically works: The governor invites legislative leaders into his office (his home this year, but more on that later) to discuss how to work out the state's two-year budget.
ST. PAUL – Farmers who worry that the federal government wants to regulate mud puddles on their land are examining a 297-page rule the Obama administration released Wednesday. The new...
ST. PAUL – A special session over education funding and the failure of the three main legislative forces' priorities face Minnesota legislators when midnight arrives Monday. Lawmakers made good progress...
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — More than 3,000 Minnesota 4-H members, including about 25 in Stevens County, who planned to show birds at county fairs face a new lesson this year. "Sometimes you realize that life isn't fair," state 4-H official Brad Rugg said Friday as the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced it is ordering that all bird shows across the state be canceled this year. Kristin Koch, 4-H program coordinator for Stevens County, said about 25 local students competing in poultry categories will be affected by this decision.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota representatives responded to avian flu Monday by seeking more money to fight the growing outbreak and giving farmers assistance. On the day that state officials announced that more than 5 million birds have died or will be euthanized due to the flu, the House accepted proposals to increase flu spending as part of an overall agriculture funding bill. The House passed the overall bill by Rep.