Minnesota Governor Press Releases http://mn.gov/governor/ en-us Minnesota Office of Governor Dayton http://mn.gov/governor/images/header_governor_background.jpg http://mn.gov/governor/ Statement from Governor Dayton on the Death of Mendota Heights Police Officer Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:19:44 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-137671 ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Dayton released the following statement this afternoon on the death of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick. SRC Plant Expands; Will Add Up to 30 Skilled Jobs Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:05:05 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-137547 Super Radiator Coils (SRC) recently broke ground at its manufacturing facility here to build a 22,000 s.f. addition to meet demand for heat exchanger coils that are used at nuclear power plants, as well as other applications. Minnesota's minimum-wage increases Aug. 1, first time in nearly a decade ¬† Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:06:58 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-137511 It's the state's first wage increase in nearly a decade. In the coming two years, the new law will move wage rates higher in August 2015 and again in August 2016 when the top rate goes to $9.50 an hour. In January 2018, the rate will be indexed to inflation based on economic conditions. Governor Dayton Appoints Thomas A. Gilligan, Jr. to Fill Second Judicial District Vacancy Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:54:06 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-137384 ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Mr. Thomas A. Gilligan, Jr. as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. Mr. Gilligan will be replacing the Honorable Gail Chang Bohr, who retired earlier this year. Mr. Gilligan will be chambered at St. Paul in Ramsey County. Governor Dayton Releases Tax Returns Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:36:00 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-137143 ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton released his 2013 tax returns today. Statement from Governor Dayton on Proposed Federal Railway Safety Regulations Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:28:34 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-137141 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. State IT Reforms Have Saved Minnesota Taxpayers $27.4 Million Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:51:10 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-136862 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. Governor Dayton Secures Presidential Disaster Declaration Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:39:52 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-136787 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. Governor Dayton Meets with Local Leaders to Discuss Next Steps on Lewis & Clark Water Project Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:25:16 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-136638 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. Minnesota Looks to Build on Clean Energy Progress, Create Jobs Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:53:59 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-136487 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. Rock County Receives USDA Disaster Declaration Following Flooding Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:16:55 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-136374 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.” Governor Dayton to Open USA Cup at National Sports Center in Blaine Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:52:21 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-136321 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. Statement from Governor Dayton on Mayo Clinic Earning the Ranking of Best Hospital in the Nation for 2014-2015 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:30:05 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-136275 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. Minnesota’s nation-leading Medicaid reform initiative delivers $10.5 million in savings during first year Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:48:37 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-136054 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. Statement from Governor Dayton on Steel Dumping Ruling Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:50:21 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-135999 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: Governor Helps Break Ground on Owatonna Business Expansion Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:33:25 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-135950 OWATONNA, MN – This morning, Governor Mark Dayton helped break ground on a $9 million expansion of Daikin Applied Americas’ manufacturing facility in Owatonna. The new expansion, which received $1.45 million in state assistance from the state’s Minnesota Job Creation Fund and Minnesota Investment Fund, will create 40 new jobs in Owatonna with wages and benefits averaging $31 per hour. The Toro Company Celebrates 100th Anniversary Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-135926 BLOOMINGTON, Minn.— The Toro Company today celebrated its 100th anniversary as more than 2,000 employees, retirees, channel and business partners, and other valued guests gathered at the company’s headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota. Joining Michael J. Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and chief executive officer, as he remarked on the company’s rich history and the individuals and innovations that helped shape the company’s success was Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, who presented the official proclamation declaring “Toro Day” in the State of Minnesota, and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead. Minnesota to Receive Up to $5 Million in Federal Highway Funds Following Statewide Flooding Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:53:15 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-135645 ST. PAUL, MN – The U.S. Department of Transportation assured the State of Minnesota today that the state will receive up to $5 million in “Quick Release” emergency relief funds to help fix the state’s flood-damaged roads. These funds, which will reimburse the state for emergency repair work done in the aftermath of statewide flooding, will supplement $750,000 in federal transportation funds the state received on June 23. Governor Dayton Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:44:05 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-135643 ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster in Minnesota as a result of heavy rainstorms and flooding that began June 11. In a letter to President Obama, Governor Dayton described widespread flood damage across Minnesota, and noted that he has expanded the state’s peacetime state of emergency to include 16 additional counties – bringing the total counties impacted to 51. Governor Dayton to Salute Businesses for Hiring, Supporting Veterans Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:29:19 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-135468 ST. PAUL, MN – On Wednesday, July 9, Governor Dayton will thank hundreds of Minnesota employers for their continuing commitment to hiring and supporting military veterans. In the morning, the Governor will provide remarks at the state’s largest Veterans Career Fair in Brooklyn Center. Later in the day, he will provide remarks at Cargill’s Yellow Ribbon ceremony as the company declares its commitment to supporting military service members and their families as a member of the state’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program.