February 05, 2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a push from U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representatives Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, and Rick Nolan, and Governor Mark Dayton, the Administration today announced it is taking action to make it easier to transport additional propane to Minnesota and other areas affected by the ongoing propane shortage. In response to a letter sent by the lawmakers last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it was extending the State Emergency Declaration hours-of-service exemption to March 1st in the Midwest region. The exemption will give propane suppliers the ability to safely transport propane via roadways from areas with a larger supply to regions affected by the shortage like Minnesota. More than 200,000 households in Minnesota rely on propane as their main source of heat.
February 05, 2014 - Facing rising costs and high demand, Governor seeks additional federal help during propane crisis. A day after expanding eligibility for the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – an executive action that will help tens of thousands more Minnesota households affected by the ongoing propane emergency – Governor Mark Dayton today asked President Obama and members of Congress for additional federal funding to help Minnesotans in this time of crisis.
February 04, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – As Minnesota’s propane emergency continues – with heating fuel prices now three to four times their usual level – Governor Mark Dayton has taken executive action to expand eligibility for the state’s heating assistance program. That action, which was implemented this morning by the state’s Commissioner of Commerce, means an estimated 120,000 more Minnesota households will now qualify for assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Minnesota Department of Commerce estimates that because of this change, an additional 30,000 to 40,000 newly-eligible Minnesotans will apply for heating assistance this winter.
February 04, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton and six other Midwestern governors sent a letter to President Barack Obama, asking for the assistance of the federal government to help increase propane supplies by “every means of transport.” A full copy of the letter is available on Governor Dayton’s website.
February 04, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced that beginning Tuesday, February 11, Jaime Tincher will serve as his new Chief of Staff. Tincher, who currently serves as Governor Dayton’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs, will replace outgoing Chief of Staff Tina Flint Smith, who today announced her plans to run for Lieutenant Governor. Smith’s last day in the Governor’s Office will be Monday, February 10.
January 31, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – This afternoon, Governor Mark Dayton and members of the state’s Executive Council voted unanimously to extend Emergency Executive Order 14-02 for another 30 days. The order, initially issued by Governor Dayton on January 27, establishes a Peacetime State of Emergency in Minnesota to help relieve the severe shortage of propane and other home heating fuel supplies statewide. A peacetime emergency order cannot last longer than five days, but it may be extended by the Executive Council for up to 30 days (Minn. Stat., sec. 12.31, subdivision 2a).
January 31, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – In observance of the 71st Anniversary of the tragic sinking of the United States Army transport Dorchester off the coast of Greenland, Governor Mark Dayton will order all U.S. Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Monday, February 3, 2014.