May 13, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today signed a key Unsession measure into law that aims to significantly reduce the time it takes state government agencies to process environmental permits for job-creating projects. The new law (Chapter 237, HF 2543) contains 11 of the more than 1,000 Unsession provisions Governor Dayton proposed to the Legislature in early March. It enacts new procedures and timelines to streamline the permitting process, helping ensure that an estimated 11,000 of the 15,000 permit requests the state receives from businesses each year are completed in 90 days or less. Most of the remaining permits will be completed in less than 150 days.
May 13, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN –The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District Court. This vacancy was created upon the retirement of the Honorable Linda S. Titus. Judge Titus’ seat will be chambered at Jackson in Jackson County.
May 13, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – This morning, Governor Mark Dayton provided remarks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Downtown East redevelopment project in Minneapolis. Following this morning’s groundbreaking event, Governor Dayton released the following statement.
May 12, 2014 - During a news conference at the Minnesota State Capitol, Governor Mark Dayton today urged the Legislature to pass stronger consumer protections for Minnesotans who take out payday loans.
May 12, 2014 - Today Governor Mark Dayton announced the reappointment of William Faber to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. Mr. Faber’s term will be effective on May 17, 2014 and run through January 1, 2018.
May 11, 2014 - Lawmakers and advocates joined Governor Mark Dayton on Mother’s Day to sign the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) into law. Women in Minnesota make up half the workforce, but earn on average just 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. WESA is nation-leading legislation designed to break down barriers to economic progress for women. WESA strengthens workplace protections and flexibility for pregnant women and nursing mothers, expands employment opportunities for women in high-wage, high-demand occupations, and reduces the gender pay gap through increased enforcement of equal pay laws.
May 11, 2014 - Today at the Minnesota State Capitol, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the Women’s Economic Security Act (CH 239, HF 2536), which will help expand economic opportunity for all women in Minnesota. The following is a statement from Governor Dayton regarding the new law.
May 10, 2014 - Next year's Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener will be held in the Lake Vermilion area, May 7 through 10, 2015. Explore Minnesota Tourism, the state's tourism promotion office, organizes this event each year in coordination with a host community. The 68th annual Governor's Fishing Opener will be hosted by the Lake Vermilion Resort Association (LVRA), with Fortune Bay Resort as headquarters.
May 10, 2014 - Governor Dayton was joined in his boat by local fishing guide Ray Gildow, former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, and Tom Brown. Photos of the Governor’s fishing party are attached. Governor Dayton has not yet caught a fish, but is determined to do so later this morning.