It's a pattern of behavior his opponents say they've seen repeatedly during his first term as governor. Whether it's a Vikings stadium, business and cigarette taxes, or medical marijuana, some Republicans say Dayton's policy shifts show he's inconsistent and erratic.
The allegation was made this week by a supporter of medical marijuana who met privately with Dayton. On Wednesday, Jessica Hauser of Woodbury said the governor suggested she buy marijuana for her son on the street, or in another state.
Legislation would require the state provide at least $50,000 for every year a person wrongly served behind bars. A special judicial review panel appointed by the Supreme Court would determine the full amount of money to be awarded.
Gov. Mark Dayton said today his proposal to study one type of medical marijuana has been rejected by those who want broader use of the drug. Still, supporters of medical marijuana say they're not giving up.
The department is updating its software system to handle changes to the tax code that were made on Friday when Gov. Mark Dayton signed a $443 million tax cut bill into law.
Backers say the Women's Economic Security Act, which has quietly made its way through the Legislature, would help ensure that women start earning as much as men. But one Republican lawmaker said the legislation makes women look like a bunch of "whiners," and could cause businesses to cut jobs.
"The reality is they haven't agreed and it doesn't appear likely they're about to agree," Gov. Mark Dayton said. "So I need to take this to the people of Minnesota and make it clear to them that they have a big stake in this and that this is unacceptable."
Dayton said he's sympathetic with people who say they need medical marijuana to treat certain conditions. But he said as governor he must weigh the potential good of marijuana for some against the harm it could cause others. He suggested the failure to pass a new law would not create a great hardship.
A committee in the Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that would forbid people from using e-cigarettes indoors and prohibits the sale of electronic delivery devices to people under the age of 18.
Members of the Restore the Vote Coalition say a bill that would allow felons who have been released from prison to vote is a civil rights issue that will allow thousands of people, many of them minorities, to have a say in the political process.
Rep. Pat Garofalo, suggested in a tweet Sunday night that pro basketball players have criminal tendencies.
The winter has been dangerous for Minnesotans with disabilities, many of whom have had to navigate those areas in a wheelchair or without sight.
Thursday's 126-2 vote comes just 10 days since the legislative session began. The bill heads to the Senate, where leaders haven't publicly embraced the plan.
Although "federal tax conformity" might sound like a dry subject to some, it's an issue that touches hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans. Unless the state makes the change it could leave some people facing tax bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.
The tax cut talk came as Minnesota lawmakers kicked off the 2014 legislative session on Tuesday, but DFL leaders in the Senate are reluctant to embrace the plan.