- 8:40 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the St. David’s Center groundbreaking, 3395 Plymouth Rd, Minnetonka.
- 9 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate is in session.
- 9 a.m. – Transportation for America will issue a report on Thursday that concludes Minnesota currently has 830 structurally deficient bridges that supported 628 million trips in 2014. Ninety percent of these deficient bridges are locally-maintained.
- 9:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will chair a public meeting of the Destination Medical Center Corporation board. Mayo Civic Center – Presentation Hall, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester.
- 9:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon tours Range Cooperatives, Inc. with President Dan Lauritsen, 102 Hover Rd. S., Virginia.
- 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives is in session.
- 11:30 a.m. – The 5% Campaign, a coalition of more than 130 disability and older adult service organizations, will hold a news conference. Supporters will urge state legislators to include a sustainable, ongoing rate increase for Home & Community-Based Services to address the caregiver workforce crisis.
- Noon – Secretary of State Steve Simon will hold a roundtable discussion with students at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Kirby Student Center, RDC 323, 1208 Kirby Drive, Duluth.
- 2 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Meet with St. Louis County Auditor/Treasurer Don Dicklich.
- 2:30 p.m. – More than 40 immigrant rights organizations, unions and social justice organizations will meet at Lake St. and Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and march to the Hennepin County Government Center for a 5 p.m. rally.
- 9 a.m. – Congresswoman Betty McCollum will march in the Cinco de Mayo parade with Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, State Sen. Sandy Pappas, State Rep. Carlos Mariani, City Councilmember Dave Thune, DFL-endorsed candidates, and local DFLers. Parade line-up begins at 9:00 AM and the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. The line-up area is at 70 West Plato Blvd. The DFL is Unit #37.
- 11:30 a.m. – State Central Committee meets, Carpenter’s Hall, 700 Olive St., St. Paul.
Constituency Caucus meetings
- May 2 – The DFL Veterans Caucus meets, Carpenter’s Hall, 10:30 a.m., 700 Olive St., St. Paul.
- May 16 – The DFL African-American Caucus will meet at 10 a.m., Golden Thyme Coffee House, 921 Selby Ave, St. Paul.
Events you won’t want to miss!
- 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.
MN House GOP is trying to buy us off, mnpACT!
House repasses bill helping fund state’s bird flu response, Session Daily
GOP adds $8 million for broadband after outcry, Alexandria Echo Press
Minnesota Senate passes $17 billion education bill, Pioneer Press
Minnesota’s water quality varies by region, report says, Pioneer Press
Health and Human services
House passes HHS budget, includes repeal of MinnesotaCare, Pioneer Press
Minnesota infant deaths show racial gap, Star Tribune
March for workers’ rights on May Day, Workday Minnesota
Sunday liquor sales
House passes $2 billion tax break bill, Pioneer Press
Republican tax bill favors wealthiest corporations at expense of middle class
The House passed a tax bill that provides $2 billion in tax giveaways – largely for corporations – laying the framework for the Republican budget which drastically underfunds education, cuts health care for working Minnesotans, and moves our state back towards deficits despite a nearly $2 billion projected budget surplus.
The largest permanent tax cuts in the bill benefit corporations and large businesses owners, many of whom don’t even live in Minnesota. In addition to putting corporate special interests ahead of Minnesotans, the tax cuts included in the Republican bill are likely to send Minnesota back to deficits. When fully phased-in, the price tag on the Republican tax bill costs $4.5 billion. If it were phased-in during this budget year, the state’s $2 billion surplus would become a $2 billion deficit.
“Republicans have chosen to prioritize billions of dollars in tax cuts for the largest corporations in our state at the expense of Minnesota’s future,” said DFL Leader Paul Thissen (DFL—Minneapolis). “After all of the promises made to middle class families, opportunity for most Minnesotans will be lost in the shadows of the downtown skyscrapers, who are by far the biggest beneficiaries of the Republican majority.”
While Republicans are touting “middle class” tax cuts, the middle class tax break in the bill (increasing the personal & dependent exemption amount) lasts only two years. The average Minnesotan would see about a $70 tax cut, for two years only. In contrast, when fully phased-in, the permanent corporate tax cuts will cost $1 billion per year.
“With a budget surplus, we have a real opportunity to define our priorities. And those priorities should include investing in education and ensuring our budget is stable into the future,” said Deputy Leader Paul Marquart (DFL—Dilworth). “Instead, we are investing $1 in education for every $15 in tax giveaways, reversing the progress we’ve made over the last two years to bring property taxes down, make college more affordable, and erase a decades-long cycle of budget deficits.”
In 2013-14, DFLers provided $177 million in direct property tax relief to homeowners, renters, seniors and farmers, benefiting nearly 1 million Minnesotans. This bill includes no direct property tax relief for individuals.