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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The moose population in northern Minnesota’s forests is dwindling, but a tax that voters raised in 2008 could help save the giants. “All of us came together on this project,...
Minnesotans entering their sixth year of a fund that pays for a variety of outdoor projects have some advice for their North Dakota neighbors who this fall may decide to implement a similar fund: Work out spending details early. One of the few major problems encountered in launching the Minnesota legacy fund, with money coming from a sales tax increase, was vague language about how parks and trails money may be spent.
ST. PAUL -- Primary care doctors soon may be in short supply, a Minnesota Hospital Association report showed on Monday. “Many of our hospitals, especially those in greater Minnesota, already...
ST. PAUL -- More Minnesota counties likely will be added to a presidential flood disaster declaration. President Barack Obama on Monday declared eight of 51 counties that experienced flood damage this summer as eligible for federal disaster aid. However, Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Everyone knew that U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Mike McFadden will run rich campaigns if they face off in November, as expected, but a couple of mostly rural U.S. House races involve more money than usual. Northern and east-central Minnesota's 8th Congressional District race between Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan and Republican challenger Stewart Mills is a financial barnburner. Nolan reports $1 million raised in April, May and June, with $579,000 in the bank.
ST. PAUL -- Many Minnesota property owners could see some tax relief this year, but farmers can expect higher taxes for at least the next two years. "What I am hearing is it is making it much more difficult to do business as a farmer," Rep.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Appeals Court on Monday ordered a sex offender to remain in a treatment program. About the time that order was posted, a federal judge elsewhere in St. Paul was hearing that he may be asked to free some sex offenders in the same program. Dezeray Marie Roblero-Barrios is not ready to be released, Appeals Judge John P. Smith wrote for the three-judge appeals court. Roblero-Barrios claimed she has progressed enough in the state Human Services Department's sexual offender treatment program to be released.
ST. PAUL -- Local governments across Minnesota and state agencies should receive federal aid to recover from widespread flooding last month, but it is not so clear where homeowners stand...
ST. PAUL -- Opponents to establishing unions for child care and personal attendant businesses say they think a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a related Illinois case also will result in overturning a 2013 Minnesota law. The court Monday ruled that in-home care workers in Illinois who are paid by the state are not similar enough to government employees to be compelled to pay union dues.
ST. PAUL -- A revised two-year Minnesota state budget that starts Tuesday is good news, rural education advocates say. Rich suburban school districts have done well at raising residents' taxes to improve their budgets, and the state has done a good job of boosting urban districts' funding. Rural school officials say they have not fared so well, until this year. "For many years, rural schools saw average to below average funding increases when compared to schools in the urban core," Sam Walseth of the Minnesota Rural Education Association wrote.