Governor Mark Dayton

KIMT - Disabled Vets Can Hunt For Free

Half a million people in Minnesota participate in hunting each year according to the DNR and some of them are veterans.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is encouraging them to take advantage of a new free license opportunity.

Disabled veterans are able to get a free permanent license for small game and deer hunting.

What has changed is that they do not have to bring their paperwork to the license agent each year to renew. Instead they get a permanent card to present to get a license. [Read More]

Pioneer Press Editorial: Making Minnesota More Attractive for Veterans

July is Hire a Veteran Month in Minnesota, with state and federal agencies, businesses, organizations and educational institutions working together for the cause.

Their work is important, as are big-picture tax policy efforts to make Minnesota a more attractive place for retired veterans, and other programs to help service people transition to civilian life and successful futures.

As Gov. Mark Dayton rightly says, "After their service to our country, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan, any unemployed veteran is one too many."

Despite an improving economy, thousands of veterans remain out of work, and many need help with job-hunting skills and translating their military experience into civilian job requirements, says a report this week by the Pioneer Press' Bill Salisbury.

Efforts to help include the seventh annual Minnesota Veterans Career Fair, held earlier this week. The state's Department of Employment and Economic Development sponsors the event, in cooperation with the state Department of Veterans Affairs and many businesses. [Read More]

FOX 47 - Rochester City Council establishes DMC Corporation

The Rochester City Council took a big step in officially kicking off the process of Destination Medical Center in Rochester. The Destination Medical Center Corporation is the non-profit entity specified in the DMC legislation that will serve as the oversight board for DMC project.

Eight people will be on the board - four of them appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton and the other four made up of city, county and Mayo Clinic representatives. [Read More]

Own Your Future

The Osakis Review - DHS Says ‘Own Your Future’ in Senior Years

Minnesotans’ biggest concern about their retirement years is losing health and needing care, according to results of the 2012 State Fair Survey of Retirement and Long-term Care. A large share of the 2,400 survey respondents also said they did not know how they would pay for long-term care.

As a new year begins, Minnesotans can resolve to address these concerns with a trip to the Own Your Future website,, to begin planning for their long-term care needs.

Own Your Future is a state and federal initiative to promote long-term care planning. It was launched this past fall with a letter from Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon urging Minnesotans ages 40 to 65 to plan for the often expensive long-term care many will need as they grow older. Many people mistakenly think that Medicare will pay for long-term care costs. In fact, Medicare only pays for long-term care costs under very limited circumstances. [Read More]


July 18, 2013  |  News Alerts

Star Tribune - Early Education: Money Well-Spent

Is spending on the nation’s littlest learners an investment or an expense?

During a visit to Minnesota this week, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and a panel of Minnesotans repeatedly and rightly called it an investment. The group — representing business, education, foundations, the military and the faith community — reiterated the strong case that early education benefits all Americans.

The secretary’s visit also helped celebrate the significant commitment Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature made this year to early education. [Read More]

Stillwater Gazette - New Business, New Attitude

City, county and state officials joined Valley Cartage staff at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company’s new Hudson Road supply chain logistics center near Interstate 94.

Valley Cartage is a Hudson, Wis.-based, family owned trucking company that moved its logistics operation to the Wipfli building from two Hudson locations, according to company CEO Todd Gilbert.

Lake Elmo city officials view the company’s move to their city as a signal that Lake Elmo welcomes new businesses. [Read More]

Veteran Employment

Star Tribune - More Than 1,000 Veterans Flock to Job Fair in Brooklyn Center

During his time in Afghanistan, Army Reservist Viktor Avdulov performed a crucial role: helping Afghan officials develop streets and other infrastructure.

But in the year since he came back home to Minnesota, Avdulov has found looking for work “pretty tough,” he said. The 30-year-old Eagan resident, who also served in Iraq, is hoping his prospects brighten soon when he graduates from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.

Avdulov and more than 1,000 other veterans received special attention Tuesday at the seventh annual Minnesota Veterans Career Fair held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, sponsored by the state Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). [Read More]

Minnesota Public Radio - No, Smokers are NOT Paying for the New Vikings Stadium

Cigarette taxes did go up. And there is a tenuous connection to the new home for the Vikings. But smokers paying the mortgage on the Vikings stadium?

“That’s not true,” says state revenue commissioner Myron Frans.

In fact, there might never be any cigarette tax money going into the Vikings stadium if the financing works as planned. So what gives?

Here’s how it works. Last year, the state approved an expansion of gambling to pay its $348 million share of the new Vikings stadium. Gambling taxes were going to pay back stadium bonds. Trouble is, electronic pulltabs are coming in WAY below projections.

So the state had to come up with a fix, before it sold those bonds this year. The Dayton administration opted for a two-part solution.

The biggest part of that was a “unitary tax” that would apply regular Minnesota corporate taxes to more out-of-state companies than pay corporate taxes now. The Dayton administration said closing what it called a loophole would raise about $20 million a year. That and about $10 million in taxes on the electronic pulltabs that DID get sold, should be enough to cover the debt payments on the state’s stadium bonds, if the number crunchers are right.

The second part is where the cigarettes come in. The new tobacco taxes took effect on July 1,but sellers and suppliers already had lots of unsold inventory in stock, and those cigaretts had been charged the old, smaller tax. That left sellers the opportunity to either offer smokes at the new price and pocket the tax difference, or start a “smoke rush” and sell cigarettes at a discount, even after the new, additional $1.60 tax took effect. So state tax authorities instituted a one-time “floor tax,” that made the cigarette taxes retroactive to what suppliers literally had on their warehouse or store floors. [Read More]

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