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 Vikings owners met with Gov.
ST. PAUL -- First-year state Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Questions and answers about the Minnesota state budget and a potential government shutdown: What is the status of the budget? The current budget ends on June 30, so a new one is needed to fund state operations as of July 1. Article 11, Section 1 of the state Constitution says, "No money shall be paid out of the treasury of this state except in pursuance of an appropriation by law." If a new budget does not pass by July 1, much of state government could shut down. What is being done to pass a budget? Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system trustees today voted to prepare for a state government shutdown, followed by 90-minute meeting between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota churches and other civic organizations have Goodhue County churches to thank for being able to continue their fundraising meals. Cathy Thiel and Pat Irruthum of Wanamingo jumped into action more than a year ago when a state Health Department inspector told St. Paul's Catholic Church in Zumbrota it no longer could hold the traditional church meals offered to the public. "I felt strongly that church dinners should continue," Thiel said Monday after Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Republicans say they are paying what they owe Minnesota counties for information from last fall's governor election recount. "We have about 20 counties left to go," GOP Chairman Tony Sutton said. "We have been chipping away on them." Sutton estimated that the party could finish paying its recount bills within four weeks. He said about $20,000 remains to be paid. "It is about managing all the bills we have," Sutton said. The chairman answered questions about the issue Monday following a letter Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Republican lawmakers were upset this morning when Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton skipped a meeting with them about education funding. "It is very difficult when the governor does not show up," Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, said after leaving a meeting in the governor's office.
ST. PAUL -- Political sparring around the Minnesota Capitol intensified Wednesday, two days after the Legislature adjourned, as Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans said it has been "business as usual" in his department, but that is about to change as the state faces what the governor calls a likely government shutdown. Frans said he, like other state commissioners, looked at plans drawn up in 2001 and 2005 when shutdowns loomed. Now state leaders are going beyond dusting off old reports and actually are making plans just in case there is no new budget when money runs out July 1. "We are at the very, very beginning," Democratic Gov.