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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Many resort owners and boaters strongly object to a new law written to stop invasive species from spreading through Minnesota waters, and they have been heard. Legislators are looking into whether to scuttle the law, passed in 2012, or to tweak it into something more acceptable. The existing law requires boaters and others who tow boats and other trailers carrying water equipment to take classes, beginning this year, about how to avoid transferring aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels from one water body to another.
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he is ready to move on from a dustup with Gov.
By Don Davis FORUM NEWS SERVICE This Minnesota legislative session is heavy on greater Minnesota topics, but the governor’s budget, which will be the base of whatever two-year spending plan that eventually passes, drew mixed reviews about how it would fund issues outside of the Twin Cities. Officials representing Minnesota cities complained that Democratic Gov.
By Don Davis Minnesota nursing home workers can earn more money at Fleet Farm, Dairy Queen and a sugar beet processing plant than helping the elderly, nursing home administrators across the state complain. That means, they told a House committee Wednesday, that nursing home residents are not getting care as good as they should.
Rural Minnesota has some striking differences with Minneapolis and St. Paul, but also some surprising similarities. For instance, north-central Minnesota's population is poorer than most of the state, with lower income and more school students on government-subsidized free lunch than much of the state.
By Don Davis The death of 4-year-old Eric Dean in west-central Minnesota is producing state legislative discussions about how to improve child abuse investigations.
By Don Davis / Forum Capitol Reporter By dON dAVIS FORUM NEWS SERVICE One theme prevails in lists of priorities released Thursday by Democrats who control the Minnesota Senate and Republicans who run the House: greater Minnesota. The two sides differ on how to help those outside the Twin Cities, but most of their priorities are about rural areas and regional centers. There was one other common theme: a lack of specifics about their proposals, which range from free technical education to business tax breaks, especially how they would be funded. Led by Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk,
By Don Davis FORUM NEWS SERVICE “Help wanted” signs hang in front of businesses and factories throughout rural Minnesota and in many communities even if those jobs are filled, workers may not find homes nearby. Training workers and building homes are two parts of the same problem that rural legislators hope to fix. The workforce issue is one of the major ones that will be brought to St.
By Don Davis FORUM NEWS SERVICE Republicans who will control the Minnesota House the next two years make it abundantly clear they will focus on rural Minnesota when the legislative session starts Jan. 6. Or, as they prefer to say, GOP members will drop what they call a Minneapolis-St.
By Don Davis/ Forum Capitol Bureau Let's face it: What most Minnesotans want to know about the upcoming legislative session is whether lawmakers will raise their taxes.