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 -- Advocates for Minnesota's elderly and disabled are back at the state Capitol asking for money on top of new funding they just received. Legislators earlier this year granted a 5 percent increase to many programs for the elderly and disabled. Now, community-based programs for those groups want another 5 percent boost. "It stopped the hemorrhaging," state Sen. Kent Eken, D-Twin Valley, said Monday about the earlier increase, adding that more is needed. "We haven't been keeping up with inflation," he said. "In fact, not even half." The bill Eken and Rep.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Perhaps some rural hospitals could just provide emergency room services, and drop full hospital services. Maybe medical schools could recruit more rural students and government could increase money available to forgive student loans to people who practice in rural areas. And it may be a good idea to stop paying medical providers just for performing medical procedures and, instead, pay them based on their success with patients. Those and other ideas were the beginning of a conversation U.S.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota state budget surplus sits at $1 billion, but not really. While state officials said a Thursday economic and budget report was good news, Minnesota's top finance official said that inflation will eat up what many called a surplus. Still, political leaders agreed that the added money, unlike deficits they often have been dealt, will make budgeting easier when legislators return to St. Paul on Jan.
ST. PAUL -- The wraps are about to come off a top-secret report that lays the groundwork on what likely will be a $40-billion, two-year Minnesota state budget. What is called the state "budget forecast" will be unveiled to the public at 11 a.m. today in the state Capitol, a couple of hours after a short summary of it is to be distributed to reporters and key state officials are told what to expect. The forecast predicts state revenue for the next two years, which Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The orange cone, that construction icon, could be featured during the upcoming Minnesota legislative session. An extensive ongoing renovation projects has all but taken over the state Capitol. "It is going to be like a major highway project," Gov. Mark Dayton said about the disruption Minnesotans visiting the Capitol will experience. Just how big a problem it will be is anyone's guess, he added.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans only need to look at the first two counties on an alphabetical list to understand the Internet disparity between rural areas and those in big cities...
ST. PAUL -- Everyone was all smiles Monday as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton led a traditional celebration of Minnesota's role in Thanksgiving dinners across the country. The governor was happy...
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton won one final victory Tuesday to cap his nearly 40-year career as a public servant. Dayton beat Republican Jeff Johnson. With 3,929 of 4,106 precincts reporting...