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 - Al Franken wants 60 rejected St. Louis County absentee ballots added to November's election tally even though dates on related paperwork do not match. St. Louis County took the trial spotlight Thursday while behind the scenes the Franken campaign sought to have Norm Coleman's U.S. Senate election challenge thrown out of court The county's election chief, Paul Tynjala, and Duluth City Clerk Jeff Cox spent much of the day on the witness stand saying that most of the 60 disputed absentee ballots should be counted.
ST. PAUL - Non-profit organizations, county assessors and the state have crafted a compromise that could allow charities to continue being exempt from property taxes. If the bill heard for the first time Wednesday becomes law, more than 4,000 properties owned by 1,700 non-profit organizations could avoid paying property taxes.
ST. PAUL - Federal money may have saved Minnesota's budget this year, and will help the next two-year spending cycle, but state leaders warn that economic problems are far from over. Economic stimulus funds approved last month by Congress and President Barack Obama lowered Minnesota's projected 2010-2011 budget deficit from $4.8 billion to $4.6 billion.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's economy appears to be mirroring the national one, with employment expected to near 10 percent. "We think it is going to be a slow recovery," Minnesota State Economist Tom Stinson said Tuesday, with the state not fully recovered until 2012. Stinson said the recession will cost 120,000 Minnesota jobs through next year. As part of a twice yearly report released Tuesday, Stinson said only one segment of the Minnesota economy is doing well - health care.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota budget writers are thanking Washington today as finance officials announce the state deficit actually dropped from what was expected - thanks to an economic stimulus package. The deficit now is expected to be $4.57 billion in the two years beginning July 1 - out of a $33 billion budget - instead of the previously predicted $4.85 billion. Without the federally approved economic recovery money, however, the deficit would be $6.4 billion, according to budget documents leaked to reporters before this morning's official announcement. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Cities across Minnesota launched a public relations campaign to save state aid they receive, saying proposed budget cuts would cost police, fire and library jobs. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who wants to reduce those payments, says that cities could save some of those jobs by firing their lobbyists, such as those who organized the Web site. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities -- which includes Red Wing, Cannon Falls and Kenyon -- and St.
ST. PAUL - Cities across Minnesota launched a public relations campaign to save state aid they receive, saying proposed budget cuts would cost police, fire and library jobs. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who wants to reduce those payments, says that cities could save some of those jobs by firing their lobbyists, such as those who organized the Web site. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities - which includes Red Wing, Cannon Falls and Kenyon -- and St.
ST. PAUL -- Federal funds meant to spur the economy will help make this one of Minnesota's busiest road construction years. Federal economic stimulus money will provide $180 million for 60 Minnesota transportation projects outside the Twin Cities, Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Wednesday. By the time all money is received, Minnesota officials expect to receive $596 million for state and local highway and transit projects in the coming two years. But that is just a start.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators are considering spending millions of dollars to keep 187,227 acres of northern Minnesota state forests the same as they are today. "It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, said Monday. But legislators need to approve spending the money, estimated for the time being at $50 million. The state would not buy the land, but the funds would allow the public to use the land as now occurs - for everything from bicycling to hunting. Logging would be allowed to continue on the land - in Itasca, St.