December 12, 2013 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today Governor Mark Dayton announced the following appointments to the Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and the Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board.
December 12, 2013 - ST. PAUL, MN – Entrepreneurs are about to get a needed boost of funding to start, expand, and sustain new businesses in Minnesota. Today at the state Capitol, Governor Mark Dayton and Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben announced the state has created a new $6.7 million Angel Loan Fund that will provide no-interest loans of up to $250,000 for startup businesses. Starting in early December, entrepreneurs across Minnesota can begin applying for these loans to help with business startup costs, working capital, equipment purchases, construction, inventory financing, franchise funding, and more.
December 10, 2013 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, 78 state employees from 15 state agencies were recognized for outstanding achievements that have reformed state government and saved taxpayer dollars. In the Governor’s ongoing effort to build a Better Government for a Better Minnesota, state agencies have worked hard finding innovative ways to deliver better services to Minnesotans while eliminating wasteful spending, improving efficiencies, and strengthening measures of accountability.
December 09, 2013 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Duchess Harris to the Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Ms. Harris term is effective today and will extend through March 1, 2014. Ms. Harris replaces Cheryl Chatman.
December 09, 2013 - ST. PAUL, MN –Governor Dayton announced today the commencement of a process to fill two upcoming at-large vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. These vacancies will occur upon the retirements of the Honorable Thomas J. Kalitowski and the Honorable Terri J. Stoneburner, effective April 1, 2014.
December 05, 2013 - ST. PAUL, MN – After years of irresponsible borrowing, all of the $2.8 billion that was borrowed from Minnesota schools has been repaid due to the budget surpluses generated by Minnesota’s growing economy. A new economic forecast released today by the Minnesota Department of Management and Budget (MMB) shows that the additional $1.086 billion surplus projected for the current biennium will permit the immediate repayment of the final $246 million, still owed our schools. Changes made last session by the Legislature and Governor Dayton accelerated that repayment by mandating in law that any additional surplus would go immediately to the schools.
December 04, 2013 - A bipartisan effort to overhaul the state's information technology (IT) systems is paying off, according to new information released today by Governor Mark Dayton and MN.IT Services, the state’s IT agency. Since 2011, IT consolidation efforts within the Dayton Administration have saved Minnesotans an estimated $17.4 million by reducing waste, consolidating contracts, reforming administrative processes, and implementing new accountability measures. Governor Dayton praised the state’s information technology workforce for those savings, and other IT innovations and reforms at a celebration recognizing the work of MN.IT employees across the administration.
November 26, 2013 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton issued Executive Order 13-13, assigning emergency responsibilities to state agencies. The Executive Order directs each state agency to designate a member of its staff as its emergency preparedness response contact and coordinator. It also designates persons from each state agency to serve on a Homeland Security Advisory Committee that will determine strategies and priorities for homeland security activities across disciplines and ensure coordination of all available federal preparedness funding sources.