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 - News of a $5.3 billion state budget deficit could hit nearly every Minnesotan with program cuts or increased costs. Or it could be an opportunity to shrink state government. Or, more likely, it could be a combination of the two. It will be months before Minnesotans know how the record deficit will affect them. Gov.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota faces a historic $5.2 billion budget deficit. The deficit for the two-year budget that begins July 1 will be $4.8 billion, with the remaining $426 million coming out of the budget in the next seven months. Minnesota's two-year budget is $34 billion. Most of the problem is from lower-than-expected revenue, State Finance Commissioner Tom Hanson said. Two figures point out the problem: State revenues, such as taxes, are expected to drop 1.8 percent in the next two years compared to the current budget cycle.
ST. PAUL - The country's economy could worsen if the federal government sends aid to financially hurting states, Minnesota Gov.
ST. PAUL -- More than 3,000 Minnesota campaign volunteers and official election workers are wrapping up recounting 2.9 million ballots from U.S. Senate race, with at least 300 paid and unpaid attorneys watching. Minnesota Canvassing Board members are considering what to do about an estimated 12,000 absentee ballots that local elections officials rejected. And the board, the state's top elections authority, is to meet Dec. 16-19 to officially certify either Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman or Democrat Al Franken as the man who will be Minnesota's U.S. senator beginning Jan.
ST. PAUL - A state elections board decided it does not have the authority to decide whether rejected absentee ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race should be counted, but the five-member board this morning agreed that any absentee votes that were not counted should be part of an on-going recount. The vote went against a request from Democrat Al Franken's campaign that the state Canvassing Board look through thousands of absentee ballots to decide which ones should be counted. Supreme Court Justice G.
ST. PAUL - U.S. Senate recounts began at 10 sites this morning -- including Goodhue County -- and another nine start later this week or next week. More than half of the 107 recount sites have completed their work, with Republican U.S. Sen.
ST. PAUL - Reports from around the state today indicated Norm Coleman and Al Franken representatives increased their ballot challenges, the U.S. Senate recount's third day. While it was not a universal trend, it appeared at mid-day to be common. The more challenged ballots that pile up during the recount, the more votes that must be decided by the five-member state Canvassing Board beginning Dec. 16. By Thursday night, 734 ballots had been challenged with fewer than half of the ballots recounted. The 734 number far outdistances the 215 votes that Republican Sen.
ST. PAUL - Recounting U.S. Senate ballots in Swift County was not so swift this morning. The morning began with confusion and a heated exchange between the Swift County auditor and a Norm Coleman campaign official, one of the rare flare-ups reported around Minnesota in Day 2 of the U.S. Senate recount. Stacey Barrack repeatedly asked Auditor Byron Giese to stop the procedure as the first Swift County precinct was being recounted. Barrack objected to Giese's denial of a challenge made by the Coleman observer.
ST. PAUL -- A man who knows the subject liked what he saw Wednesday as Minnesotans began recounting 2.9 million U.S.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota politicians want guarantees that any federal money spent to bail out a troubled automobile industry be used wisely. For U.S. Sen. Norm Colman, R-Minn., the key is that whatever money is given to the industry, automakers must be accountable. "I have a strong concern that any support we give the auto industry must have strong, fiscal controls and accountability," Coleman said. "The taxpayers of my state will insist on it, and I will demand it." Coleman and Minnesota Gov.