August 04, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today issued Executive Order Executive Order 14-14, which directs all state government agencies to increase their employment of Minnesotans with disabilities. Over the last 15 years, there has been a steady decline in the proportion of Minnesotans with disabilities employed by the state – from 10.1 percent of the state’s workforce in 1999, to just 3.2 percent in 2013. The Executive Order issued today by Governor Dayton directs state agencies to increase that level to 7 percent by 2018.
August 01, 2014 - Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon has been selected to serve on the National Lt. Governors Association (NLGA) leadership committee. As a member of the committee, Lt. Governor Prettner Solon will help guide the organization’s work on issues impacting the states.
August 01, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Marking the musician’s fourth concert appearance in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Saturday, August 2, 2014, to be Sir Paul McCartney Day in Minnesota. The Governor’s proclamation recognizes McCartney for his contributions to music in a career spanning nearly six decades and celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the first Beatles concert in Minnesota.
August 01, 2014 - MEDINA – Polaris Industries Inc., manufacturer of innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles, is creating 100 new jobs in conjunction with a $20 million office expansion project in Plymouth.
August 01, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Ms. Diane B. Bratvold, Ms. Hilary Lindell Caligiuri, Mr. William J. Fisher, and Mr. Juan G. Hoyos as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. The appointees will be filling the vacancies created upon the appointment of the Honorable Denise D. Reilly to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the retirements of the Honorable Ann L. Alton, the Honorable Mary S. DuFresne, and the Honorable Mark S. Wernick. These district court judgeships will be chambered at Minneapolis in Hennepin County in the Fourth Judicial District.
August 01, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Dayton’s efforts to significantly reduce the time it takes to issue job-creating environmental permits are paying off. Business permits that used to take months, and sometimes even years for state agencies to complete, are now being issued in less than 150 days. A report issued today by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) confirms the success of new reforms implemented by the Governor in 2011, showing that 99 percent of all “priority permits” are now issued within the state’s 150 day goal. The report also shows that 94 percent of all permits are now finished within 150 days.
August 01, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – This morning, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced that the federal government has added 24 more counties and two tribal governments to the President’s Disaster Declaration following this summer’s flooding. Altogether, 32 counties and two tribal governments have been included in the declaration and approved for federal assistance. Six flood-affected counties are still under review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton.
August 01, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Fifty years after declaring a pre-Med major in college, Governor Mark Dayton today launched a milestone effort to enhance the national prominence of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Governor Dayton today signed Executive Order 14-13 establishing a Blue Ribbon Committee on the University of Minnesota Medical School. The Committee will advise the Governor and Legislature on strategies and state investments to ensure the state’s preeminent medical school is a national leader in medical training, research, and innovation.
July 31, 2014 - ROCHESTER, MN – More than 200 Rochester families have benefitted from new Early Learning Scholarships funded by Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature. Governor Dayton visited an early learning program at Northrup Elementary School in Rochester this morning to meet with some of the students benefitting from this new initiative, and to highlight the impact these scholarships are making in preparing Minnesota’s youngest learners for success in school and life.
July 31, 2014 - ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed August 3-9, 2014, as “Farmers Market Week” in Minnesota to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the agricultural products farmers provide.