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 -- Tiny plastic beads found in soap and other personal care products may be on the way out. "Small plastic is a big problem," Stiv Wilson told a...
ST. PAUL -- Greater Minnesota leaders say that apartment houses may be the answer to their housing shortages. The Greater Minnesota Partnership and Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities propose a state program to give grants and tax credits to companies willing to erect apartment buildings in cities without enough housing for jobs already available. “There is not the ability of the private sector to respond,” Rick Goodemann of Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership said. “It’s a complicated problem.” Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota farmers think part of their property tax bills is unfair, but they probably should not get up their hopes that things will change immediately. Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, and Sen. Lyle Koenen, D-Clara City, offered bills Thursday that would keep farmland from being taxed to pay for school and other local government construction projects.
ST. PAUL -- A federal court recently outlawed Minnesota's wolf hunting and trapping seasons, but wolf supporters are not ending efforts to redraw state laws in the animals' favor. Three bills were introduced in the Minnesota Legislature on Thursday, including one that would require wolf trappers to obtain permission from a landowner to use the property. A second bans snaring, which is the use of a cable that the organization Howling for Wolves calls a noose. "People celebrate the value of wolves," Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Authorities began to clean up after a northeastern Iowa ethanol train derailment Thursday morning, at about the same time that rail safety advocates renewed calls to get...
ST. PAUL -- Nearly a dozen Minnesota school districts launched four-day school weeks as a means to save money, but as state officials say they need to return to five-day...
ST. PAUL -- Proposals to allow schools to start classes before Labor Day, a frequent legislative debate topic, would hurt the state's economy, a Brainerd-area resort owner testified Tuesday. At...
ST. PAUL -- Rural Minnesota is short of medical professionals, and many health advocates are lining up behind a proposal to partially forgive student loans of graduates who practice in...
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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to collect and spend more than $40 billion from state taxpayers in the next two years, without a general tax increase. As always for Dayton, key in his budget proposal he was releasing today is increasing education funding, this year with a focus on expanding early-childhood programs. Dayton did not call for new general taxes, unlike two years ago when he and a Democratic-controlled Legislature approved $2 billion higher taxes.