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Three new names on Gov. Dayton's list of Met Council appointees
Gov. Mark Dayton has sent a list to the Legislature of his proposed appointments to the Metropolitan Council. Three new names are on the list of 16 members.Earlier, Dayton had appointed Adam Duininck as the first full-time chair of the council.One new name is Gail Dorfman, the former Hennepin County ...
Obama appoints Dayton to National Guard council
President Obama has appointed Gov. Mark Dayton to the Council of Governors, which advises the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security and the White House Homeland Security Council on matters related to the National Guard and civil support missions.Ten governors, five from each party, se ...
Dayton wants environmental study on 'high hazard' trains in Twin Cities
Gov. Mark Dayton has asked for an environmental review of a railroad proposal that would build a connecting track in Crystal to accommodate more of what he calls "high hazard" train traffic.If built, oil trains from North Dakota would move through the area, he said.In a letter to the federal Surface ...
Gov. Dayton goes to Washington, D.C., for governor's meetings
Gov. Mark Dayton leaves today for Washington, D.C., for a series of governor's meetings.The National Governors Association is holding its winter meeting this weekend. The Democratic Governors Association will hold meetings then, too.Dayton, who's been hounded by critics and some allies for ...
Dayton outlines 600 road and bridge projects on tap if Legislature agrees
Gov. Mark Dayton today rolled out the comprehensive list of 600 road and bridge projects that he wants funded with a new gas tax.The projects in his proposal, which would cost $6 billion over 10 years, are online here (PDF), listed by county.The announcement notes that the work will get done "if the ...
Somali-American airport cart driver appointed to Metropolitan Airports Commission
Ibrahim Mohamed, who drives a cart at the airport for minimum wage, has been appointed to the Metropolitan Airports Commission by Gov. Mark Dayton.Mohamed, who has worked at the airport for 11 years, is the first Somali-American to be appointed to the airport commission. Over the years, he's worked ...
Dayton-Bakk rift may delay commissioner confirmations in Senate
The public rift between Gov. Mark Dayton and state Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk over pay raises for state commissioners may hold up Senate confirmation of some of those commissioners.MPR reported over the weekend that some Senate committee chairs plan to hold off on their confirmation hearings un ...
Senate Majority Leader Bakk has 'reservations' about size of commissioner pay raises
Gov. Mark Dayton took a shot from a DFL ally Wednesday night, when state Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said he has "reservations" about the size of the big raises the governor gave to his top commissioners.Dayton has been attacked by state House Republicans for the amount of the raises, some ...
Confirmation hearing to be by phone for DEED Commissioner Sieben
Minnesota's Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development Katie Clark Sieben is working full time from home these days, pregnant with twins and on doctor-ordered bed rest.But she'll "attend" her scheduled confirmation hearing in the state Senate on Wednesday via phone.MPR's T ...
In letter, Dayton defends raises for commissioners
In a letter to legislative leaders, Gov. Mark Dayton defends the pay raises he granted state commissioners this year, which included annual bumps for some of $25,000 to $35,000.Word of the raises, which took effect in January, came out last week, prompting some criticism.But in today's letter, ...
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