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December 2011
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Tuesday
December 27, 2011
Senate Majority David Senjem addresses the media Tuesday, December 27th, following his election as the new Minnesota Senate Majority Leader. Flash Media format 00:14:01
Wednesday
December 07, 2011
Minnesota cattle are tuberculosis free... that proclamation was given by Governor Mark Dayton...and a certificate was presented to a bipartisan group of lawmakers who helped craft and pass legislation that is credited with saving a billion dollar industry. Flash Media format 00:32:47
Thursday
December 01, 2011
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner James Schowalter officially delivers the unexpected news to a filled room of reporters at the Capitol: state anticipates a $876 million dollar balance for FY 2012-2013. Commissioner Schowalter, State Economist Tom Stinson and State Budget Director Margaret Kelly appear before the media Thursday, December 1st, for the first of two budget forecasts that will set the stage for the 2012 legislative session.

Immediately following the announcement, GOP legislative leaders talk about the news and the impact it will have on the 2012 session. Following, DFL legislative leaders meet with the media.
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November 2011
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Tuesday
November 22, 2011
The impacts of the state government shutdown are highlighted by Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter. He explains the financial implications and the minimal impact to the state\'s overall economy. He also states those who were impacted by the shutdown, were impacted greatly. Flash Media format 00:25:46
Tuesday
November 22, 2011
Senate Assistant Majority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, gives his thoughts on the state government shutdown impact report, and on probable legislation that would prevent future shutdowns. Flash Media format 00:14:16
Monday
November 21, 2011
Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley and Rep. Lyndon Carlson, DFL-Crystal discuss recent sale of tobacco bonds, used as part of the solution to balance a $5 billion budget deficit and call on GOP to cut up the credit card and return to fiscal common-sense. Flash Media format 00:12:42
Wednesday
November 16, 2011
Governor Dayton signs executive order calling for an assessment and recommendations on improving the environmental review process. Flash Media format 00:16:16
Wednesday
November 16, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton briefs reporters on his meeting with Arden Hills city officials about a new Vikings stadium, the overall progress in stadium discussions with the legislature and his desire to set deadlines in the process. Flash Media format 00:05:38
Tuesday
November 15, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton issues an Executive Order authorizing a union election for licensed in-home family child care providers. Senator Mike Parry, R-Waseca, and Senator David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, respond to his actions. Flash Media format 00:36:33
Monday
November 14, 2011
House Tax Chair Greg Davids announces a $80 million dollar property tax relief plan for businesses and homeowners. Flash Media format 00:20:59
Thursday
November 10, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton announces his proposals to expand the Minnesota GI Bill to all Minnesota Veterans and to provide permanent funding for military burial honors. Flash Media format 00:28:11
Tuesday
November 08, 2011
Senator David Hann explains his efforts to halt for review about $60 million dollars in federal health care grants. Flash Media format 00:24:52
Tuesday
November 08, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton criticizes Senate Health and Human Services Chair David Hann\'s efforts to delay for review $25 million dollars in federal gtrants to the Dept. of Health and the Dept. of Human Services. Dayton spoke to the media Tuesday, November 8th. Flash Media format 00:41:19
Friday
November 04, 2011
State Senator Al Dekruif, R-Madison Lake, explains to reporters a letter he is delivering to Governor Dayton urging a Racino option to help fund a new Viking\'s stadium. Flash Media format 00:07:22
Wednesday
November 02, 2011
Minnesota House Education Finance Chair Pat Garofalo and others announce that the first bill the committee will hear during the 2012 legislative session will be a proposal to require that school operating levies will be taking place during general elections, while other elections are taking place. Flash Media format 00:14:41
Wednesday
November 02, 2011
A pre-Thanksgiving special session to take up a stadium bill is not likely. That\'s the conclusion following a meeting between Caucas leaders and the Governor Wednesday afternoon. Legislative leaders say they want to hold public hearings on the issue. Governor Mark Dayton says he is \'disappointed\' at the recent turn of events, and will not present any plan on Monday, November 7th. Flash Media format 00:21:52
Tuesday
November 01, 2011
Viking\'s VP of Public Affairs Lester Bagley reacts to the recent changes in financing plans for a new football stadium. Flash Media format 00:08:55
Tuesday
November 01, 2011
A financing plan for a new Viking stadium will not include a local option sales tax, at least not this year. Governor Mark Dayton tells reporters why the sales tax is off the table, and the financing options that remain. Flash Media format 00:12:52
October 2011
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Friday
October 28, 2011
After a nearly two hour meeting, the Governor stood along side legislative leaders to brief the media on the latest developments on a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. The consensus is more options need to be vetted, including three site proposals introduced Thursday by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. They all agree a special session is possible in a few weeks, but there is a lot of work to be done first. Flash Media format 00:10:23
Thursday
October 27, 2011
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak introduced three plans for a \'People\'s Stadium\' in downtown Minneapolis. The plans could potentially include gambling revenue and a sales tax increase while also reducing property taxes in the city. Flash Media format 00:25:33
Thursday
October 27, 2011
A Bi-partisan group of legislators meet with reporters to explain their opposition to expanding gambling in Minnesota as a way to pay for a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Flash Media format 00:44:39
Wednesday
October 26, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton announced a plan to double the state\'s investment in small business. The Minnesota Small Business/Banking Partnership would provide about $100-$200 Million to qualifying Minnesota banks to lend to job creators. Flash Media format 00:26:49
Monday
October 24, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak brief the media on Monday, following a meeting on viable options for a Viking Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The mayor explains three options and a financing proposal. The governor says he is still site-neutral, and it is up to Minneaplois representatives to pitch their plan to the owners of the Vikings. Flash Media format 00:20:21
Monday
October 24, 2011
Senate Republicans announced a jobs growth agenda for the 2012 legislative session. Chair of the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee Geoff Michel, along with Senators Ted Lillie, Al Dekruif and Ted Daley, discuss specific ideas to spur job growth in Minnesota. Flash Media format 00:17:20
Friday
October 21, 2011
Sen. John Marty and Rep. Linda Runbeck offer an alternative Vikings stadium proposal that includes handing over ownership of current Metrodome and land to MN Vikings with a 25 year lease. Flash Media format 00:30:30
Wednesday
October 19, 2011
Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett meets with reporters about his discussion with Governor Dayton about the progress of a Viking\'s stadium and explains differences between the Ramsey County Board and the Ramsey County Charter Commission. Flash Media format 00:04:39
Wednesday
October 19, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton holds a press conference to discuss recent activity surrounding a Minnesota Viking\'s stadium. Flash Media format 00:22:56
Wednesday
October 19, 2011
Block E representative Bob Lux reflects on his meeting with Governor Dayton about the development of Block E in Minneapolis. He fielded questions from reporters about a potential Viking\'s stadium and its relationship to downtown Minneapolis. Flash Media format 00:02:54
Tuesday
October 18, 2011
Executive Vice President of NFL Ventures and Business Operations Eric Grubman spoke with reporters about the on-going discussions regarding a new football stadium in Minnesota. Grubman fielded a wide range of questions including those about the NFL\'s contribution to the stadium and alternative sights both in and out of Minnesota. Flash Media format 00:20:04
Tuesday
October 18, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton briefed reporters on his meeting with NFL executives about discussions relating to a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings and his plans for a special legislative session. Flash Media format 00:07:04
Monday
October 17, 2011
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, and Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove discuss with the media their thoughts on moving forward with legislation on a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. They say they are open to ideas, but have concerns over the state\'s $300 million dollar commitment to the project. Flash Media format

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Monday
October 17, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton announces his plan to call a special session to take up legislation for a \'People\'s Stadium\' which would be the new home for the Minnesota Vikings. In this news conference, he lays out guidelines that must be met for the session to be called. Flash Media format

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September 2011
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Tuesday
September 13, 2011
Representatives Ann Lenczewski and Paul Marguart, two of the lead House DFL tax committee members, announce a proposal Tuesday, September 13th, to restore the homestead credit, which was eliminated during the 2011 special session.

According to Lenczewski, 95 percent of Minnesota homeowners received the credit, which helped lower their property taxes. As local governments this fall set their levy limits, many homeowners will be facing higher property tax bills, she said. �This isn\'t a little price tag. Over a half-of-a-billion dollars went away that the state used to pay,� Lenczewski explained.

Their legislation, which is introduced for the 2012 legislative session, would restore the homestead credit in 2013.
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Tuesday
September 06, 2011
The House DFL caucus announces a tour throughout Minnesota to talk with school teachers and administrators about E-12 education funding and the impact of delayed school payments. Flash Media format 00:13:05
Friday
September 02, 2011
Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, Chair of the Senate State Government Innovation and Veterans committee, discusses his concerns about the level of funding available for the honor guard. Flash Media format 00:09:39
August 2011
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Monday
August 29, 2011
Religious leaders and state lawmakers announce a memorial event, called Minnesotans Standing Together, to be held at the State Capitol Sunday, September 11th, the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Flash Media format 00:20:22
Tuesday
August 23, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton appointed Joyce Sutphen as Poet Laureate for the State of Minnesota, the governor announced Tuesday, August 23rd. Sutphen is the state\'s second official Minnesota Poet Laureate, replacing Robert Bly, who was appointed to that position in 2007 by Governor Tim Pawlenty.

In 2007, the Minnesota Legislature created the position of Poet Laureate, who serves at the pleasure of the Governor. Sutphen teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College, and she has won the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. She holds a Masters in English degree with an emphasis in writing and a Ph. D. in Renaissance Drama.
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Thursday
August 18, 2011
House GOP leaders announce their efforts to push government reform initiatives in the 2012 legislative session. House Speaker Kurt Zellers also announces GOP plans to solicit the public\'s input regarding reform ideas during the state fair. Flash Media format 00:31:29
Tuesday
August 16, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton recently announced that Minnesota would receive $4.2 million dollars in federal grants to help establish a health insurance exchange, which is required under federal law. Beginning in 2014, all Americans will be required to carry health insurance, and local exchanges will provide options to people for acquiring the coverage.

In response to the administration\'s acceptance of the federal grant money, key GOP leaders held a press conference Tuesday, August 16th, to express their concerns of the state moving forward without legislative approval.

�We want to make it clear, again, to the administration that we believe that they are exceeding their authority to act in this way,� Senate Health and Human Services Chair David Hann said. �We are going to pursue every means available to us as the legislature to prevent that from occuring,� he later added.

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July 2011
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Monday
July 25, 2011
Senator Linda Berglin, DFL-Mpls., and chief Senate sponsor of the bill creating MinnesotaCare, announces her retirement from the Minnesota Senate. Berglin announced her plans Monday, July 25th, and will leave the office August 15th, 2011. Flash Media format 00:10:14
Thursday
July 21, 2011
Senate GOP members, led by Senator Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, announce a plan to continue state operations into the next biennium should a state budget not be approved and enacted by the legislature and the governor. The plan, announced Thursday, July 21st, is intended to prevent government shutdowns. Flash Media format 00:13:53
Tuesday
July 19, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton, Majority Leader Amy Koch, and House Speaker Kurt Zellers announce a special session for Tuesday, July 19th, 3 p.m., to pass the remaining budget bills and close the pending $5 billion dollar deficit. Flash Media format 00:13:37
Tuesday
July 19, 2011
Sen. David Hann, Rep. Jim Abeler and Rep. Steve Gottwalt discuss the agree-upon omnibus health and human services bill. Flash Media format 00:21:43
Thursday
July 14, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch announce an agreement on a budget framework to erase a pending $5 billion dollar shortfall and to end the government shutdown. They met with the media outside the Governor\'s Office Thursday, July 14th. Flash Media format 00:15:35
Wednesday
July 13, 2011
Fearing the end of horse racing for the 2011 season, state legislators representing the City of Shakopee and surrounding areas call upon Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to resolve the budget impasse in order to reopen Canterbury Park. Speaking at the press conference, held at Canterbury Park Wednesday, July 13th, were (in order) Senate Finance Chair Clair Robling, R-Jordan, Representative Mike Beard, R-Shakopee, Shakopee Mayor John Schmitt, Jeff Hilger, Thoroughbred Breeder, Paul Nolan, Jockey, Flash Media format 00:25:17
Tuesday
July 12, 2011
Senator Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, talks with Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey about the recent court decision to continue funding for the Judiciary during a government shutdown and future funding for public safety and the courts. Julie interviewed Senator Limmer Tuesday, July 12th. Flash Media format 00:02:12
Tuesday
July 12, 2011
Religious leaders rallied at the State Capitol Tuesday, July 12th, to call upon Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to increase state revenue to aid �those who\'ve been hurt most by the economic downturn.� Speakers at the press conference include Pastor Paul Slack, New Creation Church, Brooklyn Park, and Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, Temple Israel. Flash Media format 00:07:06
Tuesday
July 12, 2011
House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and House DFL Caucus members call upon six Republican representatives to support Governor Mark Dayton\'s latest income tax proposal to end the government shutdown. Minority Leader Paul Thissen and caucus members gathered on the front steps of the Capitol Tuesday, July 12th. Flash Media format 00:18:58
Tuesday
July 12, 2011
House Majority Leader Matt Dean, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch identified about 16,000 state jobs that could quickly be restored if Governor Dayton calls the legislature back into special session for a �lights on� bill and passage of six of the remaining nine budget bills. The leaders met with the media Tuesday, July 12th. Flash Media format 00:15:55
Tuesday
July 12, 2011
Senate Judiciary Chair Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, Senator Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, and Senator Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, comment on their petition to the Minnesota Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of court-approved funding for state programs and services. The GOP leaders spoke to the media outside the Capitol Tuesday, July 12th. Flash Media format 00:09:43
Monday
July 11, 2011
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, House Majority Leader Matt Dean, and Senate Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel respond to Governor Mark Dayton\'s plan to travel throughout Minnesota to highlight his budget proposals. The leaders also call upon Governor Dayton to call them into special session to pass a \'lights on\' bill and to begin work on passing budget bills. Flash Media format 00:27:00
Monday
July 11, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton announces a statewide trip to explain his budget proposals to Minnesota residents. He also explains a letter he sent to GOP leaders outlining other revenue options. Dayton met with the media Monday, July 11th, outside the State Capitol. Flash Media format 00:14:49
Wednesday
July 06, 2011
Following their second meeting with Governor Dayton since the government shutdown, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch express disappointment in the latest budget discussions. The leaders met with the media Wednesday, July 6th. Flash Media format 00:17:35
Wednesday
July 06, 2011
Governor Dayton meets with reporters about the latest round of budget negotiations with GOP leaders. The governor offered two proposals Wednesday, July 6th, to GOP leaders. Both proposals would raise about $1.4 billion in revenue: one largely through a 2 percent income tax surcharge that would expire by 2014 and would raise $520 million. The second proposal would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 to raise $283 million dollars. In addition, both proposals would secure $100 million through tax changes; $300 million in health care surcharges and $490 to $700 million in payment delays to school districts. Flash Media format 00:11:59
Tuesday
July 05, 2011
Senator Dave Thompson, GOP-Lakeville, addresses the media Tuesday, July 7th, in response to the effort by former Governor Arne Carlson and former Vice President Walter Mondale establishing a budget work group. Flash Media format 00:10:28
Tuesday
July 05, 2011
Five days into a government shutdown, GOP leaders met with Governor Mark Dayton and restarted budget negotiations. Following their meeting Tuesday, July 7th, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers talk with the media. Flash Media format 00:20:51
Tuesday
July 05, 2011
Having met with GOP leaders for the first time since Minnesota\'s government shutdown on July 1st, Governor Mark Dayton talks with the Media Tuesday, July 5th, about the budget discussions. Flash Media format 00:02:26
Tuesday
July 05, 2011
Former Governor Arne Carlson along with former Vice President Walter Mondale announce the formation of a group consisting of former legislators, business leaders and state officials to propose an alternative budget resolution. Carlson and Mondale addressed the media at Minneapolis City Hall Tuesday, July 5th. Flash Media format 00:23:51
June 2011
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Thursday
June 30, 2011
GOP legislative members fill the House and Senate chambers to demonstrate that they want to be called into special session to prevent a government shutdown. DFL leaders, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, respond to the planned event. Flash Media format 00:05:41
Thursday
June 30, 2011
GOP leaders deliver a bill to Governor Dayton that, if called into special session, they would pass. Following, the leaders meet with the media. The media event was held about 9:30 p.m., Thursday, June 30th. Flash Media format 00:06:53
Thursday
June 30, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton addresses the media Thursday, June 30th, less than two hours before a government shutdown. Immediately following, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers address the media. Flash Media format 00:38:14
Wednesday
June 29, 2011
Katharine Tinucci, Governor Dayton\'s Press Secretary, talks with the media Wednesday, June 29th, following the end of the day\'s budget negotiations with GOP leaders. Later, House Majority Leader Matt Dean and Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel speak with the media. Flash Media format 00:05:52
Tuesday
June 28, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton, with Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, brief the media following their Tuesday, June 28th, morning budget meeting with GOP legislative leaders. Flash Media format 00:01:03
Tuesday
June 28, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen update the media Tuesday, June 28th, on budget negotiations. Following, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, House Speaker Kurt Zellers brief the media. Flash Media format 00:13:22
Tuesday
June 28, 2011
Senate Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel and House Majority Leader Matt Dean brief the media Tuesday, June 28th, following their morning budget meeting with Governor Mark Dayton Flash Media format 00:01:44
Monday
June 27, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton and GOP leaders talk with the media Monday, June 27th, about their latest budget negotiations and set another meeting for Tuesday, June 28th. Flash Media format 00:04:28
Monday
June 27, 2011
With the Stillwater Lift Bridge behind them, GOP legislative leaders call upon Governor Mark Dayton to bring them into special session to pass legislation continuing state operations, including Stillwater\'s famous landmark. The GOP leaders and local officials held the press conference Monday, June 27th Flash Media format 00:16:33
Saturday
June 25, 2011
Following their day-long, private budget meetings Saturday, June 25th, Governor Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers meet with the media. Flash Media format 00:03:20
Friday
June 24, 2011
After meeting behind closed doors for an entire day, Friday, June 24th, Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders meet with the media to talk about their discussions and plans for Saturday meetings. Flash Media format 00:02:42
Thursday
June 23, 2011
A recap of separate press conferences held by Governor Mark Dayton and GOP leaders Wednesday, June 22nd, regarding budget negotiations and resolving the pending $5 billion dollar budget deficit. Flash Media format 00:09:13
Thursday
June 23, 2011
Senate Transportation Chair Joe Gimse highlights the impact of a government shutdown on state transportation projects and shares a letter from John Gunyou, Minnetonka City Manager, about the delay in a local road construction project should MnDOT operations close. Senator Gimsie talked with the media Thursday, June 23rd. Flash Media format 00:17:04
Wednesday
June 22, 2011
Jim Miller of the League of Minnesota Cities leads a delegation of local officials to talk about the impact of a government shutdown on Minnesota cities. Flash Media format 00:31:24
Wednesday
June 22, 2011
Senate Tax Chair Julianne Ortman and Senate Judicary Chair Warren Limmer repond to the League of Minnesota Cities press conference describing the impact of a government shutdown and the legislature\'s proposed level of local government aid. Flash Media format 00:09:32
Wednesday
June 22, 2011
Immediately following their private budget meeting with Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday, June 22nd, GOP leaders talk with the media. Comments from Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers, including the announcement of a plan for the leaders to meet with Governor Dayton behind closed doors until a framework of a budget deal is completed. Flash Media format 00:13:57
Wednesday
June 22, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen talk about the GOP-sponsored budget plans that passed the legislature and the downside of a government shutdown. Immediately following, Senate Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel responds. The press conferences were held Wednesday, June 22nd. Flash Media format 00:34:19
Monday
June 20, 2011
GOP leaders call on Governor Mark Dayton to restart budget negotiations in hopes of preventing a government shutdown. The leaders met with the media Monday, June 20th, to outline proposals they made to Governor Dayton and requested a revised budget proposal from him. Flash Media format 00:32:03
Wednesday
June 15, 2011
GOP leaders respond to Governor Dayton\'s government shutdown plans. Flash Media format 00:15:32
Tuesday
June 14, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, and Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, along with Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, talk about a newly-set deadling of Friday, June 17th, for a legislative plan to construct a new Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. The group met with the media immediately following their private meeting Tuesday, June 14th. Flash Media format 00:18:43
Wednesday
June 08, 2011
GOP leaders met with Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday, June 8th, in an attempt to resolve the budget impasse. Following the meeting, GOP leaders talked with the media. Governor Mark Dayton addressed the media following. Flash Media format 00:26:40
Tuesday
June 07, 2011
Minnesota voters would decide whether Minnesota\'s Constitution should require future voters to present identification cards, according to a proposal announced Tuesday, June 7th. Sponsored by Senator Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, the proposed constitutional amendment only requires the approval of the legislature and voters, not Governor Mark Dayton, who vetoed a statutory law proposal requiring the ID card. Flash Media format 00:33:15
Monday
June 06, 2011
GOP leaders present their revised budget offer, which would provide additional funding for K-12 education and judiciary, public safety, while maintaining a biennial general fund amount of $34 billion dollars. The leaders met with the media Monday, June 6th. Following, Governor Mark Dayton responds. Flash Media format 00:24:56
Thursday
June 02, 2011
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, Senate Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel and House Majority Leader Matt Dean stress the need for regular budget meetings with Governor Dayton and administration officials to resolve the budget impasse. The leaders met with the media Thursday, June 2nd, following Governor Dayton\'s call for a budget mediator. Flash Media format

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Thursday
June 02, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton called for a professional mediator to help resolve his differences with GOP legislative leaders in resolving the $5 billion dollar budget deficit. Dayton met with the media Thursday, June 2nd. Flash Media format 00:18:09
May 2011
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Wednesday
May 25, 2011
First-term Senate GOP lawmakers appear before the media Wednesday, May 25th, to take issue with Governor Dayton\'s comments that they do not understand the operation of government and to reiterate their position of capping state general fund spending at $34 billion for the coming biennium. Flash Media format 00:32:22
Saturday
May 21, 2011
GOP leaders met with Capitol media late Saturday afternoon, May 21st, to provide an update on their conversations with Governor Dayton. Following, Governor Dayton talked with the media. Flash Media format 00:23:39
Saturday
May 21, 2011
Senate GOP leaders update the Capitol media Saturday, May 21st, on their budget discussions with Governor Mark Dayton. Following, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen speaks with the media. Flash Media format 00:07:33
Friday
May 20, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton accepted an invitation from GOP legislative leaders to talk with all Republican members of the legislature. Following the Thursday, May 19th, meeting, Dayton and GOP leaders met with the media. Flash Media format 00:05:36
Tuesday
May 17, 2011
Republican members, led by Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, reveal a website allowing citizens to comment on budget spending concerns. Flash Media format

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Tuesday
May 17, 2011
Senate GOP Leaders discuss budget intentions without a global agreement with Governor Mark Dayton. Flash Media format 00:20:38
Tuesday
May 17, 2011
Senator Mike Parry, R-Waseca, Senator Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, and Senator Bill Ingebrigsten, R-Alexandria, express their frustrations over budget negotiaions with the administration. The press conference was held Tuesday, May 17th. Flash Media format

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Monday
May 16, 2011
GOP leaders respond to Governor Dayton\'s revised budget proposal, setting tax increases totalling $1.8 billion dollars and reducing projected spending by $1,8 billion. Flash Media format

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Monday
May 16, 2011
DFL leaders respond to Governor Dayton\'s revised budget proposal, setting tax increases totalling $1.8 billion dollars and reducing projected spending by $1,8 billion. Flash Media format

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Friday
May 13, 2011
Senate GOP leaders outline conference committee budget work and expected negotiations with Governor Mark Dayton and his administration. Following the Friday, May 13th, press conference, Senate DFL leaders addressed the media. Flash Media format

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Thursday
May 12, 2011
Senator John Harrington, DFL-St. Paul, and metro-area law enforcement officials express concerns Thursday, May 12, over proposed legislation to ease restrictions governing the use of a gun to protect oneself, home and property. Flash Media format

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Thursday
May 12, 2011
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Deputy Majority Leader Goeff Michel visit the Capitol press corps Thursday, May 12th, to update them on the latest legislative actions and budget intentions. Immediately following Senate Minority Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen talk with the media. Flash Media format 00:33:58
Tuesday
May 10, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton and Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel met with the media Tuesday, May 10th, to talk about the viability of financing a Vikings Stadium, including making road improvements to the Arden Hills site Flash Media format 00:23:22
Tuesday
May 10, 2011
Ramsey County Commissioners Tony Bennett and Rafael Ortega, along with Minnesota Vikings Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, announce an agreement to build a new stadium in Arden Hills. The press conference was held Tuesday, May 10th. Flash Media format 00:48:54
Monday
May 09, 2011
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak presents the city\'s plan to help finance the construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium and to renovate the existing Target Center, home of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rybak and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor appeared at a press conference Monday, May 9th. Flash Media format

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Friday
May 06, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton met with the Capitol press corps Friday, May 6th, the day he had asked legislators to send him the major budget bills. Following, Senate GOP leaders met with the media to offer their perspective on the pending budget actions. Flash Media format 00:33:29
Thursday
May 05, 2011
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michele meet with the Capitol press corps to talk about the budget work ahead and progress of discussions with Governor Mark Dayton. Following, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk meets with the media. Flash Media format

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Tuesday
May 03, 2011
Senator Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, presents a proposed constitutional amendment limiting spending to 98 percent of forecasted state revenue, with 2 percent being set aside for budget reserves. DFL lawmakers respond to the proposal. Speaking in order are Senator Ortman, Senator Claire Robling, R-Jordan, Senator Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, and Senator John Marty, DFL-St. Paul. Flash Media format 00:05:09
April 2011
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Friday
April 29, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton\'s request to receive budget-related conference committee reports by May 6th generated questions from the Capitol press corps for legislative leaders. Leaders of both caucuses met separately with the media Friday, April 29th. Flash Media format

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Tuesday
April 26, 2011
A group of GOP legislators present a proposal Tuesday, April 26th, defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Following, DFL leaders respond to the proposed constitutional amendment. Flash Media format

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Tuesday
April 26, 2011
Following his presentation on Florida\'s education reform efforts, Governor Jeb Bush meets with the media Tuesday, April 26th. Following, DFL education committee members meet with the Capitol press corps to offer their views on Florida\'s reforms. Flash Media format

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Friday
April 15, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton signs the FY2012-2013 omnibus agriculture finance bill in a State Capitol ceremony Friday, April 15th. The bill appropriates $76.8 million over the next two years for the Dept. of Agriculture, Board of Animal Health and Agricultural Utilization Research. The funding represents about a 11.4 percent reduction from current funding levels. It is the first major budget bill to be signed this legislative session. Flash Media format 00:33:08
Friday
April 15, 2011
During their weekly meeting with the Capitol press corps, Senate and House Republican leaders address questions relating to finalizing a budget agreement with Governor Mark Dayton and the viability of addressing the Vikings stadium issue in 2011. Following the Friday, April 15th, GOP press conference, DFL leaders address the media. Flash Media format

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Thursday
April 14, 2011
DFL lawmakers speak out against the GOP-crafted budget, claiming budget proposals adversly impact programs and services for low income, minority children. The press conference was held Thursday, April 14th. Flash Media format

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Thursday
April 14, 2011
Senator David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, and Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, respond to DFL legislators\' criticism of the GOP-approved budget plan and arguement that it harms low income, minority children. Flash Media format 00:14:06
Friday
April 08, 2011
During their Friday, April 8th, media availability, the Capitol press corps question GOP leaders about legislation to construct a Vikings stadium and pending conference committee work to finalize budget proposals. Following, DFL leaders comment on the omnibus budget bills. Flash Media format

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Friday
April 08, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton issues an Executive Order Friday, April 8th, requiring state energy savings. Flash Media format

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Thursday
April 07, 2011
Senate GOP leaders highlight passage of the Senate budget bills and talk about upcoming work in conference committees and Governor Dayton. Following the Thursday, April 7th, press conference, DFL leaders meet with the media. Flash Media format 00:58:19
Wednesday
April 06, 2011
At a press conference Wednesday, April 6th, students, school-safety advocates and legislators call for school anti-violence policies to follow the state\'s non-discrimination law. Proponents of the change said new anti-bullying and anti-harassment legislation is needed to end violence against people with disabilities and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) youth Flash Media format

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Friday
April 01, 2011
Following a busy week acting on the omnibus funding bills, Senate and GOP leaders meet with the Capitol press corps. Immediately following, DFL leaders answer media questions. Flash Media format

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March 2011
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March 28, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton sent GOP leaders a letter outlining his approach to negotiating a budget resolution, including establishing a global agreement, using MMB fiscal notes and removing extraneous policy items from budget and tax bills. Later in the day, Monday, March 28th, leaders respond to the letter. Flash Media format

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Friday
March 25, 2011
In separate press conferences, GOP leaders recap the busy week with budget bills clearing the first hurdle, and following, DFL leaders meet with the media. Flash Media format 00:42:26
Monday
March 21, 2011
State Senator David Senjem, R-Rochester, and Representative Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, present their proposals to allow video lottery terminals at Minnesota\'s two state-regulated racetracks--Canterbury Downs and Running Aces. The authors poroject about $250 million dollars in new revenue for the biennium, of which $150 million would be directed to a special fund for job creation. Flash Media format 00:24:52
Friday
March 18, 2011
GOP legislative leaders outline the week ahead, providing a timeframe for action on the budget and tax bills. Following, DFL leaders offer their views on the budget process. Flash Media format

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Monday
March 14, 2011
Senator Mike Parry, R-Waseca, and Senator Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, highlight their proposal to raise the amoung public employees contribute to their pensions. Following their presentation Monday, March 14th, opponents to the plan respond. (For closed-captioned video, select Press Conferences tab on left.) Flash Media format

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Monday
March 14, 2011
Majority Leader Amy Koch and Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel meet with the media Monday, March 14th, in the Capitol press rooms following Governor Dayton\'s remarks concerning the budget process. Flash Media format 00:17:48
Monday
March 14, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton meets with the media Monday, March 14th, to talk about the GOP budget targets and his request for budget hearings. Flash Media format 00:25:06
Friday
March 11, 2011
In separate weekly media availabilities Friday, March 11th, Senate and House caucus leaders meet with the Capitol press conference Flash Media format

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Thursday
March 10, 2011
The Senate GOP leaders announce budget targets. Flash Media format

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Thursday
March 10, 2011
House GOP leaders release their budget targets, and DFL legislative leaders respond to both the House and Senate targets. Flash Media format

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Tuesday
March 08, 2011
Former Vice President Walter Monday, Former Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, Former House Speaker Steve Sviggum, Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz, and Former U.S. Congressman Tim Penny call for the formation of a judicial commission to set legislative districts. Flash Media format

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Monday
March 07, 2011
A new pay-for-performance initiative to improve public service outcomes is presented during a Monday, March 7th, press conference. Flash Media format

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Monday
March 07, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton signs into law a bill creating new pathways to obtaining a license to teach. Governor Dayton, along with Senate and House authors, spoke with the media Monday, March 7th, following the signing Flash Media format

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Friday
March 04, 2011
In separate press conferences, the GOP and DFL leaders meet with the Capitol press corps to review the past week and to look ahead at the budget-setting process. Flash Media format

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Thursday
March 03, 2011
Legislative leaders meet with the Capitol press corps following Senate and House floor action that rejected Governor Dayton\'s tax plan. Flash Media format 00:37:47
February 2011
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February 28, 2011
In separate news conferences Monday, February 28th, GOP leaders, followed by DFL leaders, respond to the budget forecast, which shows the pending deficit dropping from $6.2 billion dollars to about $5 billion dollars. Flash Media format

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Monday
February 28, 2011
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner James Schowalter and State Economist Tom Stinson appear before the media Monday, February 28th, to release the latest state budget forecast, which shows Minnesota\'s deficit dropping from a projected $6.2 billion to $5 billion dollars for the coming biennium. Schowalter and Stinson explain the reasons for the improvement. Flash Media format

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Friday
February 25, 2011
The Senate Majority Caucus issued a letter to Governor Dayton reaffirming their position of no additional taxes to help erase the pending $6.2 billion dollar budget deficit. During the Friday, February 25th, weekly availabilities, Senate GOP leaders respond to media questions regarding the letter and talk about the week ahead. Following, Senate and House Minority leaders discuss the GOP letter and other budget issues. Flash Media format

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Friday
February 18, 2011
During their separate weekly availabilities, leaders from both caucuses faced media questions regarding budget goals and the public union issues before the Wisconsin Legislature. The leaders met with the Capitol Press Corps Friday, February 18th. Flash Media format

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Thursday
February 17, 2011
Local units of government would be exempted from paying sales taxes when they purchase goods and services, under a proposal revealed Thursday, February 17th. The bill is authored by Sen. Al DeKruif, R-Madison Lake. Flash Media format 00:07:51
Tuesday
February 15, 2011
In this Session Update, Governor Mark Dayton highlights his 2012-2013 budget proposal, and GOP leaders and DFL leaders meet in separate news conferences to comment on the plan. The Session Update aired Tuesday, February 15th. Flash Media format 01:08:00
Monday
February 14, 2011
Senator Jeremy Miller leads a delegation of legislators outlining changes to reform Green Acres regulations. Flash Media format 00:09:21
Friday
February 11, 2011
Senate and House Republican leaders meet with the media Friday, February 11th, to review the actions of the week and to look forward at Governor Dayton\'s release of his budget. Following, Senate and House DFL leaders answer questions from the Capitol press corps. Flash Media format

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Thursday
February 10, 2011
Senator Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, and Senate Education Chair Gen Olson answer questions regarding the passage of SF 56, a bill imposing a two-year wage freeze on public school employees. Following Senator Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, talks with the media. Flash Media format

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Thursday
February 10, 2011
This Session Update recaps the Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct review of the complaint by Senators Pappas, Kelash and Dibble regarding Senator Newman Flash Media format 00:33:56
Wednesday
February 09, 2011
House Speaker Kurt Zellers, GOP-Maple Grove, and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, DFL-Buffalo, meet with the media Wednesday, February 9th, and respond to Governor Dayton\'s State of the State Address. Following, Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, and Rep. Debra Hilstorm, Deputy Minority Leader, meet with the media. Flash Media format 00:30:57
Friday
February 04, 2011
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel hold their weekly availability Friday, February 4th, and review the high-profile bills passed in the Senate and look ahead to the coming week. Flash Media format 00:34:22
Friday
February 04, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius unveil a seven-point education reform proposal at a press conference Friday, February 4th. Components include all-day kindergarten, closing the student achievement gap, and moving away from top-to-bottom approach. Flash Media format 00:27:52
Thursday
February 03, 2011
In separate press conferences, Senate caucus leaders discuss Senate passage of HF 130, a bill extending 2010 unallotments to shave $1 billion off of the $6.2 billion dollar deficit. They also comment on SF 40, a bill allowing alternative teacher licensing. Flash Media format

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January 2011
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Monday
January 31, 2011
Governor Dayton proposed a bonding bill Monday, January 31st, that would total about $1 billion dollars under his plan. Dayton presented about $531 million dollar in capital improvements, and he called upon the Legislature to select about $470 million in projects. Following Dayton\'s press conference, GOP leaders respond. Flash Media format 00:46:10
Thursday
January 27, 2011
n their separate weekly media availabilities Thursday, January 27th, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel preview the week ahead, including Senate action on a budget bill designed to reduce the projected state deficit by $1 billion dollars. Following, Assistant DFL Caucus Leader Terri Bonoff shares her view on the GOP plan. Flash Media format 00:20:25
Wednesday
January 26, 2011
Proposals offered by Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, and Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, would require voters to have an identification card in order to vote. They presented their proposal to the media Wednesday, January 26th. Following, Rep. Steve Simon, DFL-St. Louis Park, and Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, respond. Flash Media format 00:41:56
Wednesday
January 26, 2011
Senator Linda Berglin and other DFL members cite the phase 1 budget bill, which extends 2010 budget reductions into the next biennium, as harmful to children and vulnerable adults. Flash Media format 00:09:46
Monday
January 24, 2011
Governor Dayton issued an Executive Order instructing the Commissioners of the Pollution Control Agency and the Dept. of Natural Resources to simplify the environmental review and permitting processes. Dayton, along with PCA Commissioner Paul Aasen and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, appeared before the media Monday, January 24th. Later in the Day, Sen. Geoff Michel responded to the order. Flash Media format 00:34:39
Monday
January 24, 2011
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, Sen. Warren Limmer and other GOP legislators called on Goveror Dayton to withdraw his executive order enrolling 95,000 Minnesotans into the federal Medicaid program March 1st. The legislators appeared before the media Monday, January 24th. Flash Media format

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Friday
January 21, 2011
Senator David Hann, R-Eden Priarie, recaps the week and looks ahead at upcoming meetings during the GOP leadership weekly availability Friday, January 21st. Immediately following, Senator Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, and Representative Paul Thissen, DFL-Mpls., offer their takes on recent legislative action. Flash Media format

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Thursday
January 20, 2011
Legislative GOP leaders highlight a plan to restrict purchases of liquor, tobacco or lottery tickets with funds from the Minnesota Family Investment Program. Following the Thursday, January 20th, press conference, DFL legislators respond. Flash Media format 00:28:21
Thursday
January 20, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton announces the timeline for 95,000 Minnesotans to receive health care services through Medicaid. Following the Thursday, March 20th, press conference, Senator David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, and chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee responds to the governor\'s actions. Flash Media format 00:38:43
Wednesday
January 19, 2011
Representative Keith Downey, R-Edina, announces a proposal, HF4, to reduce the state workforce by 15 percent. Following the Wednesday, January 19th, press conference, DFL legislators respond. (Select Press Conferences tab for closed-captioned video.) Flash Media format

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Wednesday
January 19, 2011
Governor Mark Dayton announces his choice for Commissioner of the Dept. of Employment and Economic Development. Flash Media format 00:24:56
Tuesday
January 18, 2011
GOP leaders announce initial steps to address the pending $6.5 billion dollar budget deficit. The leaders presented their plan Tuesday, January 18th, and it would cut state budgets in 2011 to reduce state expensed in the coming 2012-2013 biennium. Flash Media format

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Tuesday
January 18, 2011
Governor Dayton and key policymakers meet with the Capitol press corps Tuesday, January 18th, following their meeting on ensuring safety at the State Capitol. Governor Dayton also responds to the GOP leaders\' $1 billion dollar budget cutting plan. Flash Media format 00:21:36
Friday
January 14, 2011
GOP and DFL leaders meet with the Capitol press corps Friday, January 14th, in their weekly availability to discuss lifting a moratorium on nuclear power, alternative teacher licensing, state budget deficit and other issues. Flash Media format

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Friday
January 14, 2011
Senator Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel, premiers a proposal preventing local law enforcement agencies from using sting operations to ticket drivers for failing to wear a seat belt. Flash Media format

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Monday
January 10, 2011
Senate Republicans present SF 1, a bill designed to generate jobs through corporate income and business property tax reductions and to streamline the permitting process. The Senate GOP leaders and caucus members met with the media Monday, January 10th. Flash Media format

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Monday
January 10, 2011
The House Republican leadership outlines HF1 and HF2, two top priority bills for the 2011 legislative session. Following the Monday, January 10th, press conference, House DFL leaders offer their views on the House GOP priorities. Flash Media format

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Friday
January 07, 2011
During their weekly media availability Friday, January 7th, GOP legislative leaders outline early session action. Immediate following the press conference, DFL leaders offer their views on the early session plans. Flash Media format 00:32:49
Wednesday
January 05, 2011
Governor Dayton signed an Executive Order enrolling Minnesota into the federal Medicaid program, which will extend medical services to about 95,000 low income Minnesotans. Following the Wednesday, January 5th, press conference, GOP and DFL leaders react to the early enrollment. Flash Media format 01:07:00
Saturday
January 01, 2011
Senate and House Republican leaders outline their goals for the 2011 legislative session during a Wednesday, December 29th, press conference. Following, DFL leaders meet with the media to talk about the upcoming session. Flash Media format 01:15:00
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