In the Know: April 7, 2015

Events today

  • The Minnesota Legislature returns from spring recess.
  • In the morning, Sen. Al Franken will be in Mankato to discuss his efforts to improve health care in rural communities, and later will visit an innovative local business to highlight the importance of energy efficiency. 
  • 10:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton holds a press conference to release his 2015 Jobs Bill.
  • 11 a.m. – State Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, chief author of College Tuition Relief Bill, holds news conference. State Office Building, Room 181, St. Paul. 
  • Noon – The Minnesota House meets in session.
  • Noon – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 2 p.m. – Congressman Rick Nolan will hold a hearing in Duluth to discuss the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the effects it would have on jobs and the economy.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Sen. Franken will visit Step One Foods in St. Louis Park to meet with company officials and local firefighters about their unique partnership designed to improve cardiac health among firefighters. 
  • 5:45 p.m. – The Senate Transportation Committee will hold an educational seminar at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center.

Event Thursday

  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will give the State of the State in the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Chamber.
  • 7 p.m. – Conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Register here. 

Save the date

2015 session

At the Capitol: 24 key issues and where they stand right now, Pioneer Press

Dayton to detail bonding bill Tuesday, Pioneer Press

Minnesota legislators have plenty of work ahead as recess ends, Star Tribune

Minn. lawmakers face long list of unresolved issues, KARE 

2016 election

Craig kicks off campaign to challenge Kline, MPR

Angie Craig announces run for Congress in Minnesota 2nd District, Northfield News

Angie Craig is officially running against Kline, MinnPost

Report: Jeb Bush self-identified as Hispanic on voter application in ’09, MPR

Would-be candidates make most of fundraising rule, Star Tribune

Rand Paul’s decisive moment was 4 years coming, Politico

Rand Paul announces presidential run, Washington Post

Paul to argue electability with 2016 launch, The Hill

Clock starts ticking for Hillary Clinton announcement, USA Today

How is Scott Walker like Reagan? He’ll tell you, The New York Times

State Sen. Branden Petersen updated his profile picture to the “I Stand with Rand” campaign logo, representing support of Sen. Rand Paul for President.  Petersen is viewed by Tea Party activists in Minnesota is a rising star. Morning Take

Agriculture

Bird flu hits two more Minnesota turkey farms, Star Tribune

Minn. farmers split on Dayton’s buffer strip proposal, KSTP

Bonding

Dayton to unveil $850-million bonding bill Tuesday, Star Tribune

Dayton faces obstacles in push for construction finance plan, WCCO

Gov. Dayton frames $850 million proposal a ‘jobs bill,’ Fox 9

Capitol renovation

The other debate at the state Capitol: What to do with the building’s most controversial art? MinnPost

Economy

Andersen Corp. to add jobs, expand facilities in Minnesota, Pioneer Press

Andersen Windows commemorates big job-creating Minnesota expansion, Fox 9

Minnesota border cities want a better balance with the Dakotas, Prairie Business

The changing face of the heartland, The Brookings Institute

Education (K-12)

U.S. Dept. of Education keeps watch on St. Cloud schools, MPR

Environment

Minnesota’s St. Louis River named to 10 ‘most endangered’ list, Star Tribune

St. Louis River named one of 10 most endangered in nation over proposed mining in its headwaters, MinnPost

Equal Rights Amendment

April 2 letter to the editor printed in the Star Tribune where Reps. Pugh & Dettmer say the ERA violates the rights of the unborn:

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Government

Americans too disengaged to have a decent democracy?, MPR

Labor

Today in history

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Met Council

4 suburban counties hire federal help to upend Met Council, Star Tribune

North Dakota

North Dakota governor issues memo banning bias against gays; Democrats want stronger action, Star Tribune

State of the State

The state of the state is. . . ., Pioneer Press

Walker’s Wisconsin

Report: Wisconsin worst in nation on shrinking middle class, The Cap Times

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