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 — Cami Peterson-DeVries was intense when she pleaded with Minnesota lawmakers to find money so nursing homes could boost worker wages. "They can go to the sugar beet plant down the road and get more money," she told a state House committee. Peterson-DeVries, who was RenVilla Health Center administrator in Renville, was joined on the witness stand by many others from rural nursing homes across the state, including Michael Syltie of Wind West Village in Morris. He said that his 50-person staff had 15 openings. The testimony was Jan. 21, 2015.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota violates federal identification card rules, and Minnesotans needing an ID to get into some federal facilities may be out of luck. Within days, the federal government...
WASHINGTON — American schools will feel less federal intervention once the president signs a bill headed his way. Supporters of a measure the U.S. Senate passed 85-12 Wednesday, sending it to President Barack Obama, say that when it becomes law pressure Washington has put on local schools will ease and school leaders will have more say in what happens in classrooms. "There's nothing more important to our kids' futures — and our country's economic future — than providing them with a good education," said Sen.
ST. PAUL — Federal authorities are ready to give farmers in Minnesota and nine other states money to help save the iconic monarch butterfly. The U.S.
ST. PAUL — An abandoned western Minnesota prison became a viable option to house state prisoners Wednesday when two Democratic senators said that leasing space in it makes more sense than new construction. "I felt today there are legs under our proposal," Swift County Commissioner Gary Hendrickx said after a prison overcrowding task force meeting. Several members of the task force said that they want to investigate leasing a private Appleton prison that closed in 2010 after Minnesota and others removed their prisoners. Minnesota Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy, a Gov.
ST. PAUL – Finding gasoline mixed with higher percentages of ethanol soon will be easier for Upper Midwest motorists. A federal grant is due to help fund 620 new "blender...
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...