July 23, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed new regulations to enhance the safety of trains that transport crude oil across the country, including trains that travel through Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton sent a letter to federal regulators in March, asking them to move forward in developing these regulations as quickly as possible.
July 23, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton and MN.IT Services Commissioner Carolyn Parnell announced today that the overhaul of Minnesota’s information technology administration and services has saved state taxpayers over $27.4 million to date. MN.IT Services expects to save at least another $7 million under these new reforms by the end of this year.
July 21, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, following a July 9 request from Governor Mark Dayton, President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Minnesota after widespread flooding across the state. The President’s declaration will deliver federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms and flooding.
July 18, 2014 - Governor Mark Dayton traveled to Luverne today to meet with local officials and area legislators to discuss next steps in advancing the construction of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. Governor Dayton listened, asked questions, and offered his continued support to ensure the project continues on course toward completion. The Governor stressed that the project is essential to maintaining a high quality of life in southwestern Minnesota, and in supporting the continued economic growth of the entire region.
July 17, 2014 - Clean energy experts from across the state and nation are gathering today in Minneapolis to discuss strategies to strengthen Minnesota’s clean energy economy and align the state’s economic development policies with growth opportunities in the clean energy industry. Today’s Minnesota Clean Energy Economy Summit is part of a National Governors Association (NGA) initiative exploring policy initiatives to build on Minnesota’s leading clean energy reforms, while growing the state’s economy and creating jobs.
July 16, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Rock County, Minnesota, as a primary natural disaster area. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the declaration in a letter to Governor Mark Dayton this morning, noting that based on the Department’s Loss Assessment Report, recent flooding caused “sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial natural disaster declaration.”
July 15, 2014 - BLAINE, MN – Just two months after signing the 2014 Jobs Bill into law, which invested $3.2 million in the expansion of the National Sports Center in Blaine, Governor Mark Dayton will participate this evening in the Opening Ceremonies of the 30th Annual Schwan’s USA Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament. Governor Dayton will welcome soccer players and fans from around the world to Minnesota, and participate in a “Handshake for Peace” with Norwegian soccer star Jan Aage.
July 15, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Mayo Clinic achieved the highest honor in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of top hospitals, making it the best hospital in the country. Mayo Clinic earned more number one rankings than any other provider, ranking number one or number two in 11 of the 12 specialties based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes. Following the release of the new rankings, Governor Mark Dayton released the following statement.
July 14, 2014 - Minnesota’s new, nation-leading approach to delivering quality health care more efficiently for low-income individuals and families is paying off. In the first year of a program announced by the Department of Human Services and Governor Mark Dayton in 2013, six health care providers serving 100,000 Minnesotans spent $10.5 million less than projected – cost savings that will benefit Minnesota taxpayers.
July 11, 2014 - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled in favor of Minnesota workers whose jobs were put at risk due to the illegal dumping of steel in U.S. markets. The Commerce Department’s decision comes after Governor Mark Dayton sent a letter to President Obama this week urging the Administration to enforce the law, and end this illegal market activity. The following is a statement from Governor Dayton regarding today’s ruling: