ST. PAUL—Minnesota policymakers should have a $1.4 billion available when they start to draw up a two-year state budget in a month, state officials announced Friday, Dec. 2. "Minnesota's budget and economic outlook remains stable, despite continued slow economic growth," Minnesota Management and Budget reported. "Lower forecast revenue projections are partially offset by reduced spending estimates."
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is more than doubling its research space, the first major step in a $6.5 billion plan to increase its Rochester presence. The overall plan, known as Destination Medical Center, would add 30,000 jobs to world-famous Mayo and double Rochester’s 100,000 population. “Just thrilling,” Gov. Mark Dayton said about the announcement.
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had not yet announced his resignation today before U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's name came up as a possible replacement. The Minnesota Democrat was expected to face questions about the prospect this afternoon at an unrelated news conference. President Barack Obama was expected at 3:30 p.m. Central time to announce that Holder is leaving.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday asked that counties damaged by floods last month be declared a presidential disaster area. Dayton also added 16 counties to the state disaster list, meaning 51 of Minnesota's 87 counties reported damage from flooding that began June 11. If President Barack Obama honors Dayton's request, state and local government will get federal money to pay 75 of flood-related costs. The state will pay the rest.
ST. PAUL -- Much of the money in the Minnesota House's plan to tweak the state's two-year budget would go to greater Minnesota. "We focused on rural Minnesota and greater Minnesota," House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, D-St. Paul, said, because many rural parts of the state have not recovered from the recession as well as the Twin Cities. The House passed the bill 70-59 late Thursday to add $322 million to the $39 billion, two-year state budget enacted last year.