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 -- Minnesota lawmakers look longingly at North Dakota, or more accurately wish they had oil income the state to the west enjoys. Now, Steven Elbow of The Capital...
ST. PAUL -- Many Minnesota public safety workers say they are not prepared to deal with an oil train or pipeline accident. They told the state Public Safety Department they are not adequately trained and some did not know what type of equipment they need to fight an oil fire, the department said in a report released Thursday.
ST. PAUL -- Rural Minnesota has some striking differences with Minneapolis and St. Paul, but also some surprising similarities. For instance, north-central Minnesota's population is poorer than most of the...
ST. PAUL -- There is no choice but to raise taxes to improve Minnesota's transportation system, say state Senate Democrats. "I can't think of another path ... without some increase...
ST. PAUL -- The death of 4-year-old Eric Dean in west-central Minnesota is producing state legislative discussions about how to improve child abuse investigations. "There has been a light shining onto the child protection system in our state..." Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson told a state Senate committee Monday about the months since Dean's death became a statewide news story. "It should be on the top of the front page, the most emailed story.
ST. PAUL -- Pomp and policy mixed Tuesday as Minnesota legislators returned to work in their 2015 session. Winifred Swedzinski, 6, was in the House chamber for the pomp as her father, Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, was sworn in for his third term. She and her three sisters quietly played around their father's desk during the noon hour session. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Uniting Minnesota is one of Gov. Mark Dayton's goals as he begins his second, and final, term as the state's chief executive. "What helps some Minnesotans usually helps all of us," Dayton said in his Monday inaugural address to about 400 invited guests. "So let’s cheer each other’s successes, not resent them." The governor, who at 67 has said he will not run again, complained that Minnesotans divide themselves up into camps: "There’s greater Minnesota against the metro area. Central cities vs. suburbs. Urban schools against rural districts. East metro vs. west metro.
State Sen. Kent Eken wants to boost state funding 5 percent for home-based care Minnesota’s elderly and disabled receive, as well as giving a similar raise to nursing homes. The Twin Valley Democrat suggests a higher gasoline tax for transportation needs and would like more money so state-run colleges and universities can continue a tuition freeze. Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, agrees that nursing homes need more money, even if a tax increase is needed.