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.
  • image0013:30 p.m. – The Minnesota House meets in session.
  • 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. 

Events you won’t want to miss

2015 session

Booze, guns, could make for lively debates at Capitol Thursday, Star Tribune

If the state’s budget is like a family’s, why is the Minnesota GOP so willing to take on debt? MinnPost

Minnesota House Republican budget poses a threat to the Iron Range, Grand Rapids Herald

Democrats ready for Round 2 as GOP targets health program, WCCO

House Republicans want to slash state government spending, MPR

2016 election

Rubio raises $1.25 million online his first day as presidential candidate, Star Tribune

The tax break for the rich that muddles Marco Rubio’s middle class message, The Washington Post

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Agriculture

Dayton: Turkey flu outbreak might require disaster aid, Pioneer Press

Avian flu uncertainty has turkey farmers on edge, MPR

Budget (state)

Broadband grants are an odd target for GOP cuts, Star Tribune

Dayton on legislative budget plans: ‘unacceptable,’ ‘insulting,’ Pioneer Press

Dayton blasts lawmakers over budget bills, MPR

Economics

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Education (early)

Dayton’s universal preschool proposal left out of House, Senate education bills, Star Tribune

Dayton blasts lawmakers over preschool funding issue, KARE

Education (K-12)

Testifiers, legislators begin critique of House omnibus education bill, Session Daily

Dayton says Legislature’s education funding plans are too small, Pioneer Press 

Environment

MPCA’s John Linc Stine writes sharply worded letter to Rep. Denny McNamara, Star Tribune

Tempers flare in House Environment Committee, Star Tribune

DNR seeks more money to meet Minnesota forest threats, MPR

DFL

Quiz: Test your DFL history knowledge, Pioneer Press

GOP

Stadium head Kelm-Helgen under fire by House Republicans, Star Tribune

Conservative group bars Log Cabin Republicans from 3-day summit in Denver, Star Tribune

In aftermath of MacDonald drama, look for MN GOP to change judicial endorsement policy, MinnPost

Labor

Low-wage workers, supporters rally for $15-an-hour pay, MPR

Fight for 15: Protest in Minneapolis for increased minimum wage, TC Daily Planet

Lindström

A double dot victory: Dayton restores umlauts to Lindström, Star Tribune

That’s an örder: Dayton wants umlauts back on Lindström signs, Pioneer Press

Dayton cracks down on missing umlauts, MPR

Local Government Aid

Republican lawmakers push for $85M state aid cut to Twin Cities, Duluth, Star Tribune

Chris Coleman blasts GOP House move to cut aid to St. Paul, Pioneer Press

Major League Soccer

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

Minneapolis mayor rejects tax break plan for soccer stadium, Star Tribune

Minneapolis Urban League

Legislative auditor to investigate Minneapolis Urban League, Star Tribune

MNsure

MNsure board approves plan to let customers shop at third-party websites, Pioneer Press

Wright, Wilhelmina

Obama nominates Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina Wright for federal judge seat, Star Tribune

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