In the Know: April 8, 2015

Events today

  • Sen. Klobuchar will kick off a two-day competitive agenda tour across southern Minnesota to highlight economic and workforce development opportunities. Klobuchar will highlight her competitive agenda that includes expanding workforce training, strengthening STEM education, improving infrastructure, and strengthening rural health care. Today she’ll visit Chandler, Pipestone and Luverne.
  • 11 a.m. – A group of Minnesota doctors will be at the State Capitol to remind state legislators that clean energy is closely tied to cleaner air, cleaner water, and better health.  In an open letter they plan to deliver to every member of the House and Senate, the Twin Cities Medical Society states that emissions of power plants are adversely affecting our environment and impacting the health of Minnesota’s communities.
  • Noon – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will attend the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction event. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S, Minneapolis.

Events tomorrow

  • 4 p.m. – Congressman Keith Ellison will hold a Voting Rights Forum to hear from community members and to discuss his constitutional amendment to protect voting rights. Emerge Career and Technology Center, 1834 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis.
  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will give the State of the State in the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Chamber.

Save the date

  • 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

Burned twice in the past by vetoes, tax chair ‘believin’ there’s hope this time, Session Daily

Times Editorial – Maybe the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities should be in charge of the state, Crookston Daily Times

With 12 weeks down and six weeks to go, the Legislature has passed few bills, MinnPost

Forum editorial: Greater Minnesota is watching, Fargo Forum

2016 election

Paul’s 2016 bid banks on D.C. ire, The Hill

VoteVets gets into the 2016 race early, The Hill

‘Take back our country’: Rand Paul kicks off 2016 campaign with challenge to both parties, Star Tribune

Warren welcomes Democratic push to get Clinton to adopt her populist economic policies, Star Tribune

The DFL challengers to Cong. Kline (a.k.a. the corporate shill), mnpACT!

Kentucky’s Rand Paul: ‘I am running for president’, WCCO

Agriculture

Bakk suggests that Legacy funds pay farmers for buffers, Pioneer Press

Avian flu strikes Kandiyohi County, West Central Tribune

Budget (state)

MN Hospital Association targets GOP health cuts, MPR

Education (higher)

Senator: Free 2-year college would fight worker shortages, WCCO

DFL senator renews push for tuition aid at 2-year colleges, Pioneer Press

DFL trims plan for free two-year college, MPR

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Education (K-12)

Single-gender classes offered at elementary school in North Branch, KSTP

Senate plan to revise No Child Left Behind law would not measure teachers by test scores, The New York Times 

Environment

Adding Minnesota jobs without hurting water quality, Star Tribune

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GOP

Another candidate steps into state GOP leadership race, Star Tribune

Jobs Bill

Bakk: Modest bonding bill, if at all, Star Tribune

Dayton says debt-backed construction would boost state jobs, Star Tribune

Dayton proposes $842 million in public building projects, KSTP

Dayton construction plan faces uphill battle at the Capitol, KARE

Mark Dayton’s construction plan faces obstacles, Pioneer Press

Dayton unveils public works package; faces steep odds in Legislature, MPR

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Labor

Free screening April 17 of film on Wisconsin protests, Workday Minnesota

A real conversation about MSP workers is unfolding, Star Tribune

Met Council

Dayton calls counties ‘outrageous,’ ‘irresponsible’ in their dust-up with Met Council, KSTP

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Alan Page leaving Supreme Court to focus on youth, Pioneer Press

Transportation

Twin Cities light-rail fare dodgers could cost $1.5M, says Met Council audit, Star Tribune

Transportation: GOP says no taxes-but we still pay up big time, mnpACT!

Rep. Rick Nolan holds essential air service forums in International Falls, Hibbing, Brainerd and Bemidji, Northland News Center

 

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