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Iron Range highway victim of end of session rush — Minnesota's Transportation Commissioner, Iron Range legislators and others are urging Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to add a transportation project to the agenda in the upcoming special session. The Legislature adjourned Monday night without providing $150 million to complete a major rerouting of Highway 53 on the Iron Range.

Dayton vetoes education bill, slams Republicans — Dayton said he's upset the Republican-controlled House would not agree to spend between $125 and $150 million more on education - especially when they left $1 billion unspent.

Despite budget surplus, session ends in disagreement, recriminations — Back in December, when finance officials announced that the state had a $1 billion surplus, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said the surplus would make it more likely that the session would end on time without a government shutdown. Since then, the surplus doubled but the talk of a smooth end to the session faded away.

Session limps to a close with Legislators dismayed — The divided Minnesota Legislature on Monday finished a $41.5 billion budget. But Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to veto an education bill, requiring legislators to return for a special session.

Despite veto threat, lawmakers press ahead on budget — State lawmakers worked late into the night on Saturday on parts of a $41.5 billion two year state budget. But a veto threat has increased the prospects of a special session. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton Saturday repeated that he would veto a budget bill that finances K-12 schools and early childhood education.

Deal limits police retention of license plate data — House and Senate negotiators reached a deal Saturday on how long police departments can store data collected by electronic license plate readers. Unlike an earlier Senate version of the bill, the agreement does not address video captured by police body cameras. Rep.

Dayton objects to lawmakers’ budget deal — Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to scuttle a deal reached by House and Senate leaders to end the Legislative session. Dayton says he'll veto an education bill if the Legislature doesn't add more money to fund one of his top priorities, half day pre-k for four-year olds.

Still no budget deal as deadline approaches — With four days until the deadline to adjourn, budget talks broke off Thursday before the 10 p.m. news even started. Legislative leaders, including Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt, were mum as they left the governor's residence. The negotiators did cut a deal on two smaller budget items. They agreed to spend $111 million more on public safety and courts.

Health care dominates budget talks

After a morning of bluster, budget talks get quiet — Governor Dayton and legislative leaders ended their budget talks Tuesday night by saying little about the overall progress of budget negotiations. That's a dramatic departure from the start of the day when Republicans criticized Dayton and Senate Democrats for slow walking the process.
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May 23, 2015

Happy Birthday, @Stowydad. Enjoy your last year in your thirties.

May 22, 2015

RT @kpottermn: For Senate's leader Bakk, end of #mnleg session means time to repair some divides -…

May 22, 2015

RT @edunbarMPR: Enviro groups ask gov for veto, get cookies (for proof see @sjemorse hand holding fishing rod)…

May 21, 2015

RT @PostReid: Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26 million in additional payments @postroz @thamburger

May 21, 2015

RT @nprpolitics: NPR analysis: Despite a WH ban, vast majority of military-style equipment would still be available to local police

May 21, 2015

RT @malbertnews: That's a wrap: @Letterman's final show was program's most-watched episode in 20+yrs: @CBSNews:

May 21, 2015

RT @gundersondan: Minnesota counties use a collaborative approach to get more buffers on the land to protect water quality.

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