Federal disaster declared in 8 Minn. counties recovering from floods
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8 Minnesota Counties Get Federal Flood Aid

KSTP | July 22, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Minnesota has officially been declared a major disaster area on Monday, which comes after widespread flooding across the state this summer.

President Obama's declaration means federal funding is available to state and local governments, along with certain private nonprofit organizations, for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides.

In June, the Department of Natural Resources said the areas were swamped by historic flooding. [Read More]

Dayton talks Lewis & Clark in Luverne

Worthington Daily Globe | July 18, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton traveled to Luverne on Friday to meet with local officials and area legislators to discuss the next steps in advancing the construction of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System.

Dayton listened, asked questions and offered his continued support to ensure the project continues on course toward completion. [Read More]

Without Much Straining, Minnesota Reins In Its Utilities’ Carbon Emissions

New York Times | July 17. 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — When city leaders and state legislators agreed last year to fund roughly half the $1 billion cost of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, they attached the usual strings for such projects: It had to be architecturally iconic, employ steel made from Minnesota iron ore and offer at least a few cheap seats.

It also had to be energy efficient, from lighting to building materials to the sources of its power. In this state, that is not unusual. [Read More]

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Governor Dayton meets the American Legion and Auxiliary representatives at their state convention in Rochester

Dayton addresses American Legion convention in Rochester

Rochester Post Bulletin | July 18, 2014

American Legion state delegates kicked off a day of business in Rochester on Friday with a salute, a prayer, two pledges and a visit from Gov. Mark Dayton.

"You deserve to be very proud," Dayton said in his morning address to the Legionnaires. "You've earned the very best services our state can provide … If we're not, please give us a call." [Read More]

State’s Medicaid payment initiative could be a national model

Star Tribune | July 18, 2014

Despite the bitter battle over the Affordable Care Act, there’s a surprisingly large patch of common ground when it comes to health reform. Among Democrats and Republicans, there’s widespread agreement that delivering health care more efficiently is key to taming the nation’s staggering health care costs without sacrificing care quality.

The hitch is that the reimbursement system overall remains one that rewards the volume of care delivered, not the value. Medical providers generally make more money when they provide more care. They’re penalized for doing less. What that means is that those with the necessary expertise to provide better care at less expense unfortunately have little incentive to do so. [Read More]

Minnesota: A national leader in health care

Grand Rapids Herald | July 15, 2014

This week, Minnesota again demonstrated why our state is a national leader in health care. New Dayton Administration reforms launched in 2013 to provide better care at lower costs have saved more than $10.5 million in just one year. And today, Mayo Clinic was named the best hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. [Read More]

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