Welcome to CD3 DFL

cd3_smallWe’re the volunteer organization of the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) covering Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. The map of the area is to the left. Our district covers:

Brooklyn Park
Bloomington
Champlin
Chanhassan
Chaska
Coon Rapids
Corcoran
Dahlgren
Dayton
Deephaven
Eden Prairie
Edina
Excelsior
Greenfield
Greenwood
Independence
Laketown
Long Lake
Loretto
Maple Plain
Maple Grove
Medicine Lake
Medina
Minnetonka
Minnetonka Beach
Minnetrista
Mound
Orono
Osseo
Plymouth
Plymouth
Rogers
Shorewood
Spring Park
St. Bonifacius
Tonka Bay
Victoria, and
Wayzata.

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In the Know: April 17, 2015

Events today

  • Gov. Dayton will speak by phone with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the state and federal responses to avian flu in Minnesota.
  • Gov. Dayton and Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman will meet with Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.
  • 9 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will participate in a trout fishing clinic, Whitewater State Park, 19041 Highway 74, Altura.
  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 10:15 a.m. (ET) – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair, Ray Buckley, will hold a press conference in Nashua on the sidelines of the NHGOP’s #FITN Republican Leadership Summit to highlight the damaging impact the Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls would have on the middle class and hardworking families in the Granite State and across the country. Wasserman Schultz and Buckley will discuss the GOP field and its steadfast commitment to tired Republican policies that move the country backwards: opposing increasing the minimum wage and equal pay legislation, promoting policies that benefit the wealthiest few at the expense of the middle class, and turning back the clock on women’s health and LGBT equality. Courtyard Marriot, 2200 Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 11 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will hold a media availability before going fishing on Whitewater River. Whitewater State Park, 19041 Highway 74, Altura.
  • 1:20 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will tour the Trout Run Conservation Area and discuss the efforts Trout Unlimited and others are making to conserve a natural trout habitat, 10452-10598 Troy Valley Drive, St. Charles.
  • 2 p.m. – Sen. Susan Kent will host a press conference and take a tour of Tubman Center East, a domestic violence shelter in her district. Senator Kent is the Senate author of the bi-partisan funding bill for Crime Victims Services; funding to support victims of violent crime has been cut by 40 percent since 2001.
  • 2:15 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will tour the Oakenwald Bed and Breakfast and discuss the importance of tourism in southeast Minnesota, 218 Winona Street Southeast, Chatfield.
  • 3:15 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will visit Adourn Boutique and talk about small business development, 218 Main St. S., Chatfield.
  • 6 p.m. – “Wisconsin Rising” filmmaker Sam Mayfield will be on hand for a screening of his film at the Bell Museum, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis. The event, part of Labor Movie Night, is free and open to the public.

Events Saturday

  • 10 a.m. – DFL African American Caucus meeting. Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis.
  • 2 p.m. – CD 2 DFL education forum featuring Sen. Greg Clausen, Sen. Kevin Dahle, Rep. David Bly, Quentin WalthunOcama, co-president of the MYDFL, and a representative from Education Minnesota, Eagan/Apple Valley/ Rosemount Schools.

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In the Know: April 16, 2015

Events today

  • 8 a.m. – TakeAction Minnesota and Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (MN NOC) will lead a rally on the lawn of the State Capitol calling on the Minnesota legislature to pass voting rights restoration legislation this session. Over 47,000 Minnesotans are being denied their right to vote due to being on probation or parole and bills introduced in both the House and Senate this session enjoy broad bipartisan support.
  • 10 a.m. – DEED will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for March 2015.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • Noon – Rally for transportation on the lawn in front of the State Capitol. Gov. Dayton and DFL legislators will speak.
  • Noon – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the Minnesota Wild Playoff Pep Rally at Rice Park.
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  • 6 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will attend Mayor Chris Coleman’s “State of the City” address at the Ordway.

Save the date

  • April 18 – DFL African American Caucus meeting. 10 a.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis.
  • April 19 – DFL Environmental Caucus planning meeting. 2 – 4 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 West County Rd. 42, Burnsville.
  • May 16 – First membership meeting of the DFL Environmental Caucus. 1 – 4 p.m., Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood. 

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In the Know: April 15, 2015

Events today

  • 8:30 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 9 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will tour Grede Foundries, Inc. in St. Cloud, which recently announced a $17.5 million expansion, 5200 Foundry Circle, St. Cloud.
  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 1 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a media availability in the Governor’s Press Briefing Room.
  • 1:30 p.m. – On a day where tens of thousands of low wage workers are taking action across the country, airport employees and supporters will take action at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to demand $15 and Union rights at MSP…The action comes just one week after a new report, Waiting for Takeoff, highlighted poverty facing East African communities in Minnesota and how the MSP airport, the largest place of employment for these communities, could make positive steps towards ending this crisis by raising wages for sub-contracted workers. It also comes on the heels of Governor Dayton calling for higher wages at the airport, stating that the airport can afford to pay workers a decent wage. 
  • 4 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will host the University of Minnesota Women’s Hockey Team at the Governor’s Residence to honor their championship victory.
  • 4:30 p.m. – In a march led by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, Centro de Trabajadores Unido en Lucha, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy and 15 NOW Minnesota, striking fast food workers will join university faculty, staff, and students, along with airport workers, retail workers, home healthcare workers, and retail janitors. Across a wide range of sectors, workers are organizing for dignity in the workplace to help close Minneapolis’ worst-in-the-nation racial equity gaps. Workers are calling on employers and the Minneapolis City Council to implement workers’ rights protections including earned sick and safe time, fair scheduling, and an end to wage theft for all workers in Minneapolis in addition to exploring a range of options for raising the minimum wage.

Event tomorrow

  • April 16 – Rally for transportation, noon, lawn in front of the State Capitol. Gov. Dayton and DFL legislators will speak.

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Save the date

  • April 18 – DFL African American Caucus meeting. 10 a.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis.
  • April 19 – DFL Environmental Caucus planning meeting. 2 – 4 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 West County Rd. 42, Burnsville.
  • May 16 – First membership meeting of the DFL Environmental Caucus. 1 – 4 p.m., Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood.

Events you won’t want to miss

2015 session

House says state employee count should be 36,211, Pioneer Press

2016 election

When will they run? A timeline for 2016, The Hill

Hillary Clinton, opening 2016 campaign in Iowa, wants to be ‘champion’ of struggling families, Star Tribune

Rep. John Kline DFL opponent Angie Craig raises $200K in two weeks, Star Tribune

DFL leaders hope Clinton campaign boosts Democratic women, MPR

Congressional fundraising reports stream in, MPR

Hillary’s folksy, populist reentry, Politico

Rubio embodies American Dream, but would deny it to others, CNN

DFL leaders think Clinton’s presence on ballot will help women candidates, MinnPost

Agriculture

Dayton’s buffers bill wrongly characterized as rigid, Star Tribune

Budget (state)

Gov. Dayton has a point about surpluses, Pioneer Press

Congressional delegation

Kline

John Kline votes against family leave, MN Political Roundtable

Education (early)

Gov. Dayton, Republicans at odds over pre-K programs, WCCO

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton reiterates Pre-K priority at Legislature, Star Tribune

Republicans want preschool scholarships, not universal pre-K, MPR

Minnesota ranks near bottom for enrollment in preschool programs, Fox 9

Education (higher)

University of Minnesota Medical School allocated $30M in Senate higher education omnibus bill, Star Tribune

Minnesota legislators offer some tuition relief, no across-the-board freezes, Grand Forks Herald

Why we should support Dayton’s budget, U of M Daily

Education (K-12)             

House education bill includes reform, small funding boost, preschool grants, Star Tribune

Elections

House GOP plan would wipe out campaign spending limits, WCCO

Elections matter, secretary of state tells the Willmar Area League of Women Voters, West Central Tribune 

Labor

Apply now for Minnesota Union Leadership Program, Workday Minnesota

Minnesota Farmers Union looking forward to special community meetings for women’s leadership starting this Saturday.

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) is hosting several community leadership meetings focusing on women’s leadership on several Saturdays through the spring of 2015.

Women from all across Minnesota will get together with other women leaders in their communities to build connections and network with other to help strengthen their leadership and drive in their communities.

Women have always been an integral part of the farm and these meetings will help to build on their strengths as well as help them meet other women who are as motivated as they are in their own communities.

The meetings will be held on Saturday afternoons all around the state. The first meeting will be at Lone Star Grill in St Peter, MN April 18, 2015 from 11a.m. – 1 p.m.

The schedule of the other meetings is as follows:

April 25, 2015                     1 p.m.— 3 p.m.                 Hinterland Vineyards, Clara City
May 2, 2015                        11 a.m.— 1 p.m.               4 Daughters Vineyard, Spring Valley
May 9, 2015                        11 a.m.— 1 p.m.               Black and White Café, Little Falls
May 16, 2015                      11 am—1 pm                    Big Wood Center, Fergus Falls

The full schedule can be found on our website as well at www.mfu.org.  If you would like to speak with anyone before, during or after the conference, contact MFU Public Affairs Director, Amanda Valencia at 651.288.4063.

Today in history

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Legislature

Stassen-Berger: Legislature’s mandated studies useful, but not all used as intended, Pioneer Press

Major League Soccer

United FC asks for tax relief on privately financed stadium, Pioneer Press

Soccer franchise leaders approach Capitol for stadium help, WCCO

Minnesota legislators say ‘modest’ MLS deal facing long odds, Star Tribune

Should the new soccer stadium be built with help from the state? MPR

Dayton ‘delighted’ Minnesota MLS team wants no stadium money, Fargo Forum

Dayton ramps up campaign for expansive preschool initiative, KARE

Mining

McCollum bill would restrict mining in BWCA watershed, Pioneer Press

McCollum seeks ban on new mines in much of northeastern Minnesota, MinnPost

Minnesota Senate Office Building

New Minnesota Senate Office Building on time and on budget, Pioneer Press

New Senate building on the rise next to Minnesota Capitol, but cost still a controversy, Star Tribune

Dayton: Soccer backers want break on construction, property taxes, Star Tribune

MLS team seeks $3M in tax breaks to build Mpls. Stadium, MPR

Taxes

5 things to know about Tax Day: Getting refunds, audits, grappling with health care law, Star Tribune

President Obama’s budget helps working families make ends meet. This is an essential part of middle-class economics — the idea that the economy works best when it’s working for everyone.

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Transportation

Met Council promises light-rail fare skipping will be addressed, Pioneer Press

Met Council: House roads bill will force bus cutbacks, MPR

Minnesota transportation bill tweaked, adding money for rail safety, Grand Forks Herald

The MN House GOP revolving credit card in transportation, mnpACT!

Voices for Racial Justice

Voices for Racial Justice offers equity agenda for Minnesota, Minnesota Budget Project

  • Creating healthier work-life balance by supporting earned sick and safe time for workers currently forced to choose between earning a paycheck and taking care of themselves and their families. Currently, 41 percent of Minnesota’s workforce does not have earned sick time, including about half of people of color in our workforce.
  • Expanding health coverage to undocumented immigrants. Currently undocumented Minnesotans cannot access support through MNsure, often forcing them to resort to care in emergency rooms with high out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Allowing Minnesotans to obtain driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status — making safe, lawful driving an option for all residents.
  • Supporting Minnesota’s councils of color as critical voices for equity in public policy and important connectors to communities of color. Voices for Racial Justice supports the councils continuing as separate entities and having sufficient funding in order to be successful building bridges between their communities and state policymaking.

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DFL Chair Ken Martin on Equal Pay Day

Ken_Martin“On Equal Pay Day it is important to recognize the pay gap between men and women, and remind us of how we impede our own success when we refuse to compensate equal work with equal pay. In Minnesota, women make just 80 cents for every $1 earned by a man. For the average woman, that is a loss in compensation of more than $430,000 over her working lifetime for her, her family and our economy.

“Minnesota has always had a high percentage of women in the workforce, many who are the primary or sole breadwinner for their families. With this in mind, in 2014, Gov. Dayton and DFL legislators passed the ‘Women’s Economic Security Act.’ The Act is aimed at leveling the workforce playing field.

“Equal Pay Day is reminder that even though we’ve made gains for Minnesota women and their families, there is more work to do. Lawmakers must keep women’s economic security at the forefront of their work because when women succeed, Minnesota succeeds.”

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Gov. Dayton Budget Update – April 14, 2015

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The State of the State

On Thursday, Governor Dayton delivered his annual State of the State Address to the Minnesota legislature. In it, Governor Dayton highlighted a number of his priorities for this session, including education, transportation, and clean water for all Minnesotans. “Minnesota’s challenges and opportunities can’t wait for next year,” said Governor Dayton. “This is our moment of truth. Minnesota’s future is now in our hands.”

A Strong Start for All Learners

As Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith make stops around the state to highlight Governor Dayton’s proposal to send all Minnesota four-year-olds to high-quality preschool programs, a new report out last week shows Minnesota ranking near the bottom nationally in the number of four-year-olds enrolled in public preschool, stressing the critical need for this investment. Education Commissioner Cassellius recently recounted her own experience with early education, and newspapers around the state are calling on the legislature to act in the interest of our youngest learners.

Investing in Minnesota Jobs and Infrastructure

Last Tuesday, Governor Dayton proposed a bonding bill that would put up to 23,900 Minnesotans to work while making critical investments in state infrastructure, including improvements to MnSCU and U of M buildings and classrooms, local parks, roads, and infrastructure across the state. The Governor also stressed the importance of this jobs bill in his State of the State address, including his rail safety investments included in the proposal.

Sustainable Transportation for Minnesota’s Future

In his State of the State on Thursday, Governor Dayton also highlighted the need to increase our investments in better highways, roads, bridges, and public transit in a way that provides reliable funding for the next ten years. Lt. Governor Smith has been on the road recently talking about our state’s transportation needs, including a recent stop in Mankato.

Protecting and Improving Minnesota’s Waters

Governor Dayton has been touring the state recently, talking to Minnesotans about his proposal to protect and improve our water by implementing buffer strips alongside Minnesota lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water. These meetings, in Worthington, Austin, and Northfield have drawn large, passionate audiences. Governor Dayton is committed to taking this critical step forward for water quality, a call he reiterated in his State of the State address last Thursday.

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In the Know: April 14, 2015

Events today

  • 8:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will visit a pre-kindergarten classroom and talk with administrators at Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th Street South, Moorhead.
  • 9 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Gov. Mark Dayton, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, Sen. Katie Sieben, Sen. Richard Cohen, and House Assistant Minority Leader Erin Murphy, will visit Expo Elementary School in St. Paul to talk with preschool students, teachers, and parents, and discuss the impact of their proposal to send every Minnesota 4-year-old to preschool.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • Noon – Workers who clean Best Buy stores, including corporate headquarters, will hold a press conference and delegation visit calling on Best Buy executives to stop blocking legislation which would improve the job quality and health of Minnesota workers. Best Buy is a key leader of the Minnesota Retailers Association, which has been actively lobbying state legislators to block policies like earned sick time, paid family leave, and inflation indexing for future minimum wage increases – among the MnRA’s top 2015 legislative policies.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will hold a roundtable discussion on college affordability at Bemidji State University, Deputy Hall Room 306, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE, Bemidji.
  • 1:30 p.m. – The House Health and Human Services Finance Committee is scheduled to take up bills that would repeal MNsure and MinnesotaCare, and transition the state to the federal health insurance exchange.
  • 4 p.m. – Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) will be available to the press to take questions regarding his meeting with Dr. Bill McGuire and Minnesota United FC advocates. 

Save the date

  • April 16 – Rally for transportation, noon, lawn in front of the State Capitol. Gov. Dayton and DFL legislators will speak.
  • April 18 – DFL African American Caucus meeting. 10 a.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis.
  • April 19 – DFL Environmental Caucus planning meeting. 2 – 4 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 West County Rd. 42, Burnsville.
  • May 16 – First membership meeting of the DFL Environmental Caucus. 1 – 4 p.m., Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood.
  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.

2015 session

Budget bills head to Senate, House committees at the Capitol, MPR

Don’t look at the speaker rule survives, Pioneer Press (more…)

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In the Know: April 13, 2015

Events today

  • Latino community leaders from across the state, including those of Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, will gather at the Minnesota State Capitol for a rally and meetings with legislative leaders in support of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith provides remarks at Social Work Day at the Capitol, Crown Plaza, 11 Kellogg Blvd. E, St. Paul.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session. 
  • Noon – The House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee scheduled to debate roughly 30 proposed amendments to the omnibus transportation bill.
  • Noon – Workers at the country’s biggest banks will meet in the Twin Cities to take their calls for better working conditions directly to their employers and deliver to Wells Fargo a petition with over 10,000 signatures calling for an end to sales goals that hurt workers and customers.  They will be joined at a rally and press conference by community leaders calling for a range of other bank reforms, including assistance in sending money to family members in Somalia and a halt to foreclosure during the school year. Wells Fargo, 430 Wabasha St., St. Paul.
  • 2:10 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Sibley County Auditor Marilee Peterson, 400 Court Ave, Gaylord.
  • 3:30 p.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 4 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Renville County Auditor/Treasurer Marc Iverson, 500 E. DePue Ave, Ste. 202, Olivia.
  • 6 p.m. – The St. Cloud Muslim community holds an open community forum with guest from U.S. Department of Education. Atwood Memorial Center, theater, St. Cloud State University, 720 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud.
  • 7 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon discusses election reform and take questions at public meeting sponsored by Willmar Area Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Kandi Entertainment Center, 500 19th Ave SE, Willmar.
  • 7 p.m. – Minnesota policy makers are considering approval of a new Enbridge Energy oil pipeline, Sandpiper, to be built across Northern Minnesota. A forum that presents all opinions on this issue will be held tonight at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Maple Street, Mahtomedi.

Save the date

  • April 16 – Rally for transportation, noon, lawn in front of the State Capitol. Gov. Dayton and DFL legislators will speak.

2015 session

An open letter to Speaker Daudt: Please act on these common-sense bills, Star Tribune

2016 election

Clinton campaign has advantages, and burdens, Star Tribune

In second campaign, Hillary Clinton to focus on middle-class economic security and opportunity, Star Tribune

Hillary Clinton expected to go small with big announcement, MPR

Second shot: Hillary Clinton running again for President, KSTP

Hillary Clinton weighs how to recast ties to Obama, The New York Times

Iowa Democrats want Hillary Clinton to woo them, The New York Times

Hillary hits the road, The Hill

As Hillary heads to Iowa, five questions she’ll face, The Des Moines Register

Hillary Clinton’s announcement video, The New York Times

A presidential candidate again, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to ‘champion’ every day Americans, Star Tribune

Where they stand: Hillary Rodham Clinton on some issues of the 2016 presidential campaign, Star Tribune

Clinton announces presidential campaign, hops in a van to Iowa, MPR

Rubio bets it all on 2016, The Hill

Rubio looks to find his opening in the Republican field, Star Tribune

White House Brief: Things to know about Marco Rubio., a likely 2016 candidate, Star Tribune

Rubio’s path to the nomination and 3 obstacles in his way, MPR

For 2016, a tidal wave of cash, The Hill

DNC Chair Statement on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 announcement

In response to Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“I would like to welcome Hillary Clinton as the first official candidate for President of the United States to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016. As First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has been a forceful advocate for women, children, and families, and an effective ambassador on the global stage.

“While we expect a competitive primary for the Democratic nomination, one thing is for certain — next November, voters will face a choice between Democrats who will continue to build on the middle class economic success of President Obama, and Republican candidates who want to bring back the failed, trickle-down economics of the past. I look forward to the contributions that Secretary Clinton, and all of our eventual candidates, will bring to this debate between two very different visions for the country.”

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Agriculture

Bird flu outbreak confirmed at 14th Minnesota turkey farm; 3rd to hit a Kandiyohi County farm, Star Tribune

Hearings begin on omnibus agriculture finance bill, Session Daily

Deadly bird flu claims 872,000 turkeys at 13 Minnesota farms, Fox 9

Broadband

Republicans commit $0 to broadband funding, Hibbing Daily Tribune

Broadband funds out, complaints come in, Fargo Forum

GOP bill cuts rural broadband grants, MPR 

Budget (state)

Dayton fights GOP tax cuts, Detroit Lakes

Resource measures basic needs budget for Minnesota counties, Minnesota Budget Project

Star Tribune editorial: How we’d craft Minnesota’s budget, Star Tribune

Budget bills head to Senate, House committees at the Capitol, MPR

Congressional delegation

Ellison

Don’t block remittances to Somalia, The New York Times

Kline

Ask Kline why he’s against making college more affordable, mnpACT!

Klobuchar

Klobuchar calls for regulation of laundry pods, Star Tribune

Klobuchar tours Bertha engineering facility, Wadena Journal

Nolan

Over spring break Nolan hits the road, re-connects, Chisago County Press

Dayton

Dayton on direction of the state, his legislative priorities, MPR

Hear Governor Dayton’s State of the State address and legislative reaction, MPR

Range lawmakers rally around Dayton, Mesabi Daily News

Teen guest describes special bond with Dayton, Star Tribune

The four things we learned from Gov. Mark Dayton’s State of the State address, MinnPost

Economy

Minnesota pulls in extra $100M in taxes in February, March, Pioneer Press

Minnesota tax collections in February, March netted $2.3 billion, beating expectations, Star Tribune

Companies labor to get visas for skilled foreign professionals, Star Tribune

Education (early)

How many kids need preschool in Minnesota? Pioneer Press

Education (K-12)

Superintendents share priorities, concerns about session with Minnesota legislative leaders, Morris Sun Tribune

Streamline rules for teacher licensure in Minnesota, Star Tribune

Energy

Minnesota GOP bill would sabotage clean energy, mn progressive project

Environment

DNR tout proposal officials say would strengthen wildlife, forests, timber industries, Owatonna People’s Press

Flying

State legislators fight REAL ID Act, KARE

GOP

Minnesota GOP chair Keith Downey easily wins re-election, Pioneer Press

Keith Downey re-elected as state Republican Party chairman, Star Tribune

Downey re-elected as chair of Republican Party of Minnesota, MPR

Video replay: MN GOP proposes tax cut tilted to rich, The UpTake

Minnesota House GOP already failing Greater Minnesota, mnpACT!

Downey re-elected as Minnesota Republican Party chair, MinnPost

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Human rights

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Labor

Week of Action puts focus on better jobs, Workday Minnesota

Twin Cities fast food workers plan April 15 strike, The UpTake 

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Major League Soccer

Mark Dayton says no MLS meeting without stadium details, Pioneer Press

Tom Bakk, Minnesota United owner to meet, possibly over soccer stadium, Pioneer Press

Will lawmakers warm to soccer stadium funding? WCCO

Minneapolis Urban League

Minneapolis Urban League under fire for potential double billing, Star Tribune

MinnesotaCare

Move with caution on MinnesotaCare redo, Star Tribune

It’s not nice to mess with the Mother of MinnesotaCare, Star Tribune

Public safety

Minnesota college sex-assault prevention strengthened under bill, Pioneer Press

Sunday liquor sales

Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota still a long shot, Pioneer Press

Daudt: Sunday liquor sales amendment has 50-50 chance of clearing House, Star Tribune

House Speaker Daudt raises hopes for Sunday liquor sales, MPR

Talking Points: House Speaker Daudt supports Sunday liquor sales, WCCO

Transportation

Forum to be held on development opportunities for East Metro BRT line, MinnPost

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Gov. Dayton’s Jobs Bill Would Create 23,900 Minnesota Jobs

Gov. Mark Dayton has introduced a Jobs Bill that would invest $842 million in infrastructure projects statewide, creating more than 23,900 Minnesota jobs. This new Jobs Bill would help addresses many of the state’s critical infrastructure needs, while strengthening Minnesota’s economy and putting thousands of people to work.

“My proposals would put thousands of Minnesotans to work throughout our state,” said Gov. Dayton. “This bill gives priority to projects that have been delayed for years and are crucial to modernizing MnSCU and U of M buildings and classrooms, and improving local infrastructure. I ask the Legislature to join me in working to pass a Jobs Bill this session to boost Minnesota’s economy and address our state’s most crucial infrastructure needs.”

The Governor’s Jobs Bill includes critical infrastructure projects distributed all across Minnesota. The bill balances the needs of the state, with 43 percent of the projects are in Greater Minnesota, 38 percent in the Twin Cities Area, and 19 percent of the projects with statewide impacts. Gov. Dayton’ Jobs Bill also is designed to make state resources go farther, by leveraging more than $420 million in private, local, and federal dollars.

Statewide economic development

The Governor’s Jobs Bill supports regional centers statewide – investing in projects that will create jobs, attract additional private investment, and support economic development in communities across Minnesota. Some of those investments include: (more…)

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House Republicans announce cuts to job creation funds

The House Republicans have announced that they would cut the Minnesota Job Creation Fund by $4 million and the Minnesota Investment Fund by $7 million for the biennium. These cuts are puzzling, given the well-documented success of both economic develop programs in helping create private sector jobs and attracting investment.

Minnesota Job Creation Fund

The Job Creation Fund is a pay-for-performance program where incentives are awarded after businesses meet job creation and investment targets. Yesterday the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced that in the first year of the Minnesota Job Creation Fund, $16.7 million was awarded to 31 business expansion projects, creating 1,800 jobs and leveraging  $344 million in private investment – a 20-to-1 return on investment.

Minnesota Investment Fund

The Minnesota Investment Fund has been around for 30 years. Last biennium alone, the program generated a 29-to-1 return on investment and created over two thousands of jobs. Two years ago, the Governor invested $30 million of ongoing funding in MIF – an initiative that provides competitive loans to:

  • Help encourage local firms that have options outside the state to expand here.
  • Provide incentives for firms outside Minnesota to locate in our state.

Even though a number of projects are still being finalized and not all funds have yet been spent, the MIF appropriation for this biennium has already generated $483.1 million in leveraged investments and 2,275 jobs. (more…)

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