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 -- Minnesota senators voted themselves and other state officials pay raises Tuesday with no debate. The only mention of the raises, part of a larger bill funding several state agencies, in the Senate came when bill sponsor Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, quickly described the bill. He did not provide specifics. When the vote came late in the afternoon, two big voting boards in the Senate chamber showed it failing by a single vote, then tied 33-33. After several minutes at 33-33, Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, changed from a "no" vote to "yes," and acting President Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Senate Democrats suggest adding surcharges on nursing homes and health maintenance organizations to help make up for a $150 million cut to state health programs ordered by legislative leaders. A bill unveiled Monday by Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers put Mayo Clinic leaders on the hot seat Wednesday, a day after the world-famous medical center's leader said 49 other states would love to be its home. Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, said he was not happy to see Mayo President Dr. John Noseworthy go to the National Press Club Tuesday "and wag his finger at the Minnesota Legislature." Lesch said his support for the plan fell after Noseworthy's comments.
ST. PAUL -- Communities across Minnesota should pressure lawmakers to support a public works funding bill, its House sponsor says. "I think those local communities absolutely have a vested interest in this bill," Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St.
ST. PAUL -- Two Minnesota lawmakers are offering legislation to prevent Sanford Health from controlling University of Minnesota hospitals. Sanford, headquartered in South Dakota and North Dakota, is looking at taking over Fairview Health Services, which operates the university hospital system. "If we need to pass legislation to protect our University of Minnesota hospitals, then that is absolutely what we should do," Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, said Monday.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton says 21,000 people would get jobs if the Legislature funds his $750 million public works project proposal. The Democratic governor said he emphasized projects that are ready to begin. They would be funded by the state selling bonds. The biggest Dayton project is $109 million to begin a major Capitol building renovation project.
ST. PAUL -- Almost 1 million Minnesotans would receive larger property tax refunds, or their first refunds, under a House Democratic proposal. Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL-Minneapolis, said the House plan would establish the homestead credit refund, spending $250 million to replace existing homeowner tax refunds and expand a renters' refund.