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Governor Dayton to hold town hall meetings in Rochester

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Rochester Photo Credit: Flickr User cursedthing

Over the last week, more than 500 Minnesotans gathered at town hall meetings hosted by Governor Mark Dayton in Duluth, Moorhead, and St. Cloud. The Governor’s ‘Meetings with Mark’ are an effort to engage Minnesotans in personal conversations about his proposed investments in education, job creation, and improving the lives of middle-class families. Another Meeting with Mark has been scheduled for next week in Rochester at the following time and location:

Thursday, April 4 at 6:00pm
Heintz Center Common Area
Rochester Community and Technical College
1926 College View Road East
Rochester, MN 

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Infographic: MNsure Benefits Minnesota Families

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Health

An estimated 1.3 million Minnesotans will benefit from legislation recently signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton, including nearly 300,000 Minnesotans who are currently uninsured. The bill establishes a new marketplace where Minnesotans can choose quality, affordable health coverage, and will save Minnesota families and businesses an estimated $1 billion in health care costs by 2016. Explore the infographic below to learn how the new MNsure marketplace will benefit Minnesota.

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Governor Dayton appoints David Lillehaug to the Minnesota Supreme Court

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

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Governor Dayton announced his appointment of David Lillehaug to Minnesota's Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the state capitol.

Today, in a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mark Dayton announced his appointment of David Lillehaug to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Mr. Lillehaug will replace Justice Paul Anderson, who will be retiring from the Bench at the end of May.
 
Governor Dayton thanked Justice Anderson for his dedicated service to the State of Minnesota, especially for his service on the Supreme Court, where he has served as Associate Justice since 1994.
 
About the appointment, Governor Dayton said:
 
“Mr. Lillehaug served our state admirably as the United States Attorney, after being confirmed unanimously by the US Senate.  In the following years, he has served as lead counsel for cases involving some of the most complex legal and constitutional questions of our time.  They include: establishing the rights of Minnesota’s religious institutions under the “conceal-carry” firearms law; challenging Governor Pawlenty’s unallotment of appropriated funds in 2009-2010; and representing my office on constitutional issues regarding the 2011 state government shutdown.
 
“In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Lillehaug served as Senator Al Franken’s chief Minnesota counsel in the recount following his US Senate contest with Senator Norm Coleman.  When faced with my own recount after the 2010 gubernatorial election, I also turned to Mr. Lillehaug for his expertise.  In both the 2010 recount and 2011 shutdown cases, Mr. Lillehaug’s representation was superb.  He has one of the most brilliant minds I have ever encountered; yet he can also put very complex legal issues into very understandable writings.  His diligence, preparation, and professionalism were always impeccable.


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Building a Better Minnesota: Governor’s budget invests in employment for people with disabilities; saves taxpayers dollars

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

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Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson met with Securian Financial Group staff and Lifeworks Services employees and clients Friday, March 8, to discuss a proposal in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget that provides employment support for people with disabilities.

Scott Strohman had a word of advice for Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson when she visited his workplace Friday, March 8.

“Don’t be afraid to take chances, because if you don’t, you’ll never know what the end result could be,” he said, encouraging her to continue pushing for proposals in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget that support employment for Minnesotans with disabilities.

The governor’s Reform 2020 budget package invests close to $400,000  in the next biennium to help young Minnesotans age 18-26 with disabilities maintain employment, and is projected to save the state more than $500,000 in the following budget cycle. Through the proposal, navigators employed by community organizations will help participants with job issues, benefits planning, including health insurance benefits, and integration of other services they receive.


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eCharging Makes a Big Impact in Minnesota Communities

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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A Minnesota State Patrol Trooper writes a ticket for a driver involved in a crash. 

Every year in Minnesota, there are more than 10,000 felony convictions, nearly 100,000 criminal complaints and nearly 200,000 separate charges. And for every one, a paper trail must be created involving the arresting law enforcement agency, attorneys, the court system and the state. It is a necessary part of the work done by Minnesota criminal justice agencies. But it is time consuming and expensive.


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Governor Dayton to hold town hall meetings in Moorhead, St. Cloud

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM
Categories: Education, Budget

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Last night in Duluth, nearly 200 Minnesotans gathered at a town hall meeting hosted by Governor Mark Dayton. It was the first in a series of the Governor’s ‘Meetings with Mark’ – an effort to engage Minnesotans in personal conversations about his proposed investments in education, job creation, and improving the lives of middle-class families. Two more Meetings with Mark have been scheduled for next week in Moorhead and St. Cloud at the following times and locations:


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MnDOT 2012 Highlights

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is committed to providing innovative solutions to Minnesota’s transportation needs that reduce construction impacts on citizens while improving quality of life. From the construction of the new Highway 61 Bridge in Hastings, to the development of multi-model transit options for Minnesotans, 2012 was a year of firsts for the agency. In Perham, over 200 jobs were created building a new freeway interchange on Highway 10, an important investment in our infrastructure made possible by the Transportation and Economic Development (TED) Program. Governor Dayton’s proposed budget continues funding for the TED Program, to help ensure Minnesota communities can continue to invest in infrastructure while creating jobs.  


To learn more about the TED Program, multi-modal transportation, and MnDOT’s innovative use of the latest advancements in engineering, check out this video from MnDOT.



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1.3 Million Minnesotans to Benefit from New Health Insurance Marketplace

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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Governor Dayton signs HF5/SF1, legislation creating MNsure, the Minnesota health insurance exchange. 

An estimated 1.3 million Minnesotans will benefit from legislation signed into law today by Governor Mark Dayton, including nearly 300,000 Minnesotans who are currently uninsured. The bill (HF5/SF1) – which establishes a new marketplace where Minnesotans can choose quality, affordable health coverage – will save Minnesota families and businesses an estimated $1 billion in health care costs by 2016. After federal tax credits, individual consumers will see an average 34 percent decrease in premiums for insurance purchased through MNsure – Minnesota’s new federally mandated health insurance exchange. The average family will save $500 annually. 


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Governor Dayton Hits the Road to Make the Case for Budget for Better Minnesota

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Categories: Budget, Greater Minnesota


ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Dayton is bringing his proposed ‘Budget for a Better Minnesota’ to the people of Minnesota. In an effort to engage Minnesotans in personal conversations about his proposed investments in education, job creation, and improving the lives of middle-class families, the governor will be hosting ‘Meetings with Mark’ in communities around the state, starting with a town hall meeting in Duluth on Wednesday, March 20th, at the Public Safety Building, 2030 North Arlington Avenue.

‘Meetings with Mark’ will give Minnesotans the opportunity to weigh-in on the state’s ongoing budget conversation – offering their ideas, questions, and concerns about the state’s education system, our economy, and our shared future. Governor Dayton welcomes all viewpoints and invites all Minnesotans to join him in conversation about the budget challenges facing our state and the investments we need to make in order to build a Better Minnesota. All ‘Meetings with Mark’ are free and open to the public and press.

Last week, Governor Dayton provided the details of his Budget for a Better Minnesota, delivering a fair and balanced budget that will responsibly resolve the state’s deficit and make crucial investments in Minnesota’s future. The Governor’s proposal focuses on improving the lives of Minnesotans by making major investments in education, job creation, and a stronger middle class. Those investments include $640 million in new funding for education, $86.5 million for job creation and economic development, and $120 million in aid to local governments that will help provide property tax relief to Minnesota homeowners, renters, and businesses.

Additional information about future ‘Meetings with Mark’ will be provided in the coming days. More information about the governor’s Budget for a Better Minnesota is available online at http://mn.gov/governor/budget. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #BetterMN.

WHO: Governor Mark Dayton

WHAT: ‘Meeting with Mark’ to discuss the state budget

WHEN: Wednesday, March 20 6:00pm

WHERE: Duluth Public Safety Building, 2030 North Arlington Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811


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A Fair and Responsible Budget that Invests in the Middle Class

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Categories: Budget, Jobs, Education

Governor Dayton Budget Proposal

A Fair and Responsible Budget that Invests in the Middle Class

Today, Governor Dayton released a revised budget plan today that responsibly resolves the state’s budget deficit and makes crucial investments in Minnesota’s future. The Governor’s proposal focuses on improving the lives of Minnesotans by making major investments in education, job creation, and a stronger middle class.

First, Governor Dayton’s budget makes $640 million of long-overdue investments in education. The Governor’s budget would provide access to high-quality early education for 10,000 young children, fund all-day Kindergarten for 46,000 kids, and increase school funding for every district in the state. His budget would also deliver the largest increase in direct student aid in 25 years, along with needed investments in the MnSCU system and the University of Minnesota to train our workforce for the jobs of the future.

The Governor’s budget also makes needed investments in job creation. Minnesotans need a strong economy we can depend on for good jobs, living wages, and a strong middle class. That is why Governor Dayton’s budget invests $86.5 million in proven economic development initiatives that will create thousands of jobs and leverage nearly $1.5 billion in additional private investment in Minnesota’s economy.

Governor Dayton’s budget plan would also provide property tax relief to Minnesota families and businesses. His budget would increase funding for the renter’s credit, fully-fund the homeowner’s property tax refund program, and increase aid to local governments by $120 million.

These new investments are made possible by asking the wealthiest 2 percent of Minnesotans to pay their fair share in taxes and closing unfair corporate tax loopholes enjoyed by just a handful of corporations.

According to the Department of Revenue’s most recent tax incidence study, most low- and middle-income earners in Minnesota pay about 20 percent more as a share of their income in state and local taxes than the wealthiest Minnesotans.  In order to address that disparity, honestly resolve our state’s budget deficit, and make long overdue investments in education and job creation, the governor’s budget asks the wealthiest 2 percent of Minnesotans to pay their fair share of income taxes.

Finally, the governor’s budget delivers on his commitment to a Better Government for a Better Minnesota – ensuring Minnesotans get better public services for a better price. His budget delivers $5.1 billion in cost savings and reductions over four years through reform and responsible fiscal management.

For more information about Governor Dayton’s Budget for a Better Minnesota, visit http://mn.gov/governor/budget and follow the conversation on Twitter at #BetterMN.

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