Governor Mark Dayton is not laying the blame for the state's projected $188 million dollar deficit over the next 18 months. However, House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman (DFL) was quick to blame the GOP.
Reaction to Sen. Al Franken’s announcement that he intends to resign in the coming weeks:
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, also a Democrat, who is tasked with choosing Franken’s replacement
“I extend my deepest regrets to the women, who have had to endure their unwanted experiences with Senator Franken. As a personal friend, my heart also goes out to Al and his family during this difficult time.
“In other respects, Al Franken has been an outstanding Senator. He has been, as Senator Paul Wellstone used to say, ‘A Senator from the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.’ He is very smart, very hard-working, and very committed to Minnesota. I wish him well in his future endeavors.
“Events have unfolded quickly; thus, I have not yet decided on my appointment to fill this upcoming vacancy. I expect to make and announce my decision in the next couple of days.
“I will have no further comments on this subject until that time.”
A judge has ordered greater oversight measures for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision comes in the wake of the Keystone Pipeline spill, which highlighted the risk pipelines pose to local communities.
Communications Commission (FCC) says it will vote to repeal net neutrality on December 14. Supporters of net neutrality say the vote would benefit giant telecommunications companies and hurt everyone else. Opponents of the change say there is still time for the public to act.