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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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Summer unofficially is in the history books, so it is Minnesota political season. It is time when voters may turn more attention to campaigns leading up to the Nov. 4 election. There are local races that attract some, but most Minnesotans who care about such things will focus on the U.S.
Minnesotans should not need to wait in long lines at today's primary election. With a few exceptions where local races are exciting voters, low turnout is predicted despite two hotly contested statewide races. Four Republicans are competing for the right to face Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton as he runs for his second term. The GOP contenders are businessman Scott Honour, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, former state Rep. Marty Seifert and state Rep. Kurt Zellers.
Minnesota's minimum wage is about to rise. After the House passed 71-60 a higher minimum wage Thursday, it heads to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign it into law. "I think this is a great trade off, minimum wage for a better life for a great many people in this state," Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-St. Paul, said. Republicans said they agree higher wages are needed, but many did not like the bill that passed.
ST . PAUL — Providing financial aid to Minnesotans struggling to pay heating bills in this polar vortex of a winter came first as the state Legislature launched its 2014 session Tuesday, with work also beginning on an effort to cut $600 million in taxes. The session’s opening day brought hundreds to rally in favor of a Democratic plan to raise the state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators opened their 2014 session today battling the polar vortex. Less than an hour after the session started at noon, the House voted 133-0 to provide a $20 million boost to Minnesotans struggling to pay heating costs this winter. Rural lawmakers stood one after another saying their constituents are hurting as temperatures have remained bitterly cold for most of the year. The bill written by Rep.
ST. PAUL – President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech promise to “give Americans a raise” raised the hopes of Minnesotans who want the state minimum wage increased. The Democratic-controlled Minnesota House already is on record in favor of a $9.50-an-hour wage, but fellow Democrats in the Senate majority stopped well short of that level last year. “With the president’s call for a $10.10 minimum wage coupled with Gov.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota is ramping up its campaign to get the 2018 Super Bowl in the new Vikings stadium at a time when construction has barely begun. "It's our time, it's our moment and we are ready," said Richard Davis, chairman of U.S. Bancorp and one of three leaders of a committee to organize the effort. Unlike Sunday's Super Bowl, to be near New York City in New Jersey, Davis today promised it will be "70 degrees and clear" in the new downtown Minneapolis enclosed stadium on Feb. 4, 2018.
Personal income is expected to rise faster than public budgets in coming years, meaning a smaller percentage of Minnesotans’ income will go to government. State figures show that 15.4 percent of the average person’s income today goes to state and local governments, a figure expected to drop to 14.6 percent in four years.