Senate Democrats want to provide free education to students at Minnesota's two-year community and technical colleges. But Republicans and leaders of four-year colleges are wary of the plan.
In a speech to a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce dinner Wednesday night, Dayton said revenue from the gas tax and license tab fees hasn't kept up with demand for road, bridge and transit projects.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that he is not willing to back the state share of the $1.6 billion project until disputes over its route are settled.
Gov. Mark Dayton starts his second term Monday. He and other statewide elected officials will be sworn in at a ceremony that starts at noon at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.
Documents and interviews indicate DFL state Sen. Jeff Hayden was in a position to know about questionable spending and other problems at Community Action of Minneapolis.
"I believe that I will be vindicated," said Bill Davis, the suspended CEO of Community Action of Minneapolis. It's the first time Davis has spoken publicly since the state of Minnesota shuttered his nonprofit in September.
Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman has asked the state legislative auditor to investigate claims that he disregarded requests from key members of his department to terminate a contract with a controversial nonprofit.
Commerce Department staffers say they told Commissioner Mike Rothman for years that his DFL political ally Bill Davis was mismanaging public money meant to aid poor people.
Minnesota Republicans regained control of the House on Election Day, setting up a delicate political dance with Gov. Mark Dayton, who won a second term.
With more than 78 percent of the vote in, Dayton had defeated his Republican challenger, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson.
Democrats wasted no time in denouncing the Republican attack ad, which they said amounts to fear mongering.
In the not-as-blue-as-it-used-to-be 8th Congressional District, Democrats are clearly worried about Rep. Rick Nolan's support in a region Democrats usually win by wide margins.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Johnson's plan duplicates a process that is already taking place.
From telephone calls and door-to-door meetings with voters, candidates, political parties and other groups are intent on motivating core supporters.
There are no confirmed cases in Minnesota and only a few across the country, but fear of the highly contagious and often deadly disease is animating political debate.