- Sen. Klobuchar visits to Worthington, Jackson, Fairmont and Lewisville on her “competitive agenda” tour of Southern Minnesota.
- 10:15 a.m. – State Rep. Dave Pinto (DFL – St. Paul) will be joined by law enforcement officials from around Minnesota to present legislation that is crucial to the success of law enforcement efforts to protect victims of sex-trafficking and pursue traffickers and buyers. Room 10, State Office Building.
- 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
- Noon – The Dept. of Public Safety will hold a news conference today at Valley Fair about distracted driving. Drivers with their eyes on their phones will discover that law enforcement will have their eyes on them during an upcoming extra distracted driving enforcement campaign in Minnesota. DPS will announce a statewide campaign that runs April 13-18.
- Noon – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
- 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.
- 6 p.m. – ERA Minnesota will be out front of the House Chambers and in strategic locations around the Capitol to give a visual reminder that the ERA IS HERE TO STAY!
- 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will give the State of the State in the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Chamber. Watch it here or on PBS television stations statewide on the Minnesota Channel or listen to it on MPR or WCCO-AM. The Star Tribune will be live-streaming video of the Governor’s remarks on their website. Minnesotans can also follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #MnSOTS.
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.
Hillary’s path to victory? Politico
Dayton proposes more money to reimburse farmers for buffers, Pioneer Press
Dayton, GOP at odds on how much to spend, Grand Forks Herald
Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School
Kline, Nolan visit troubled Ojibwe school, Star Tribune
Congressmen tour decrepit school on Leech Lake reservation, Pioneer Press
Affordable, accessible child care is essential to our economy—allowing parents to work, children to thrive, and businesses to find and keep the employees they need. But for thousands of Minnesota families waiting for child care assistance, the clock is ticking as they struggle to make ends meet.
Legislators are deciding their budget priorities now. Contact your legislators today—let them know that kids can’t wait any longer.
Ask your legislators to support Senate File 1199 /House File 1057 legislation that provides the funds needed to make child care affordable for the more than 5,500 families on the waiting list for the Basic Sliding Fee Child Care Assistance Program and increases reimbursement rates so child care providers can afford to accept families receiving assistance.
The blunt truth about childhood poverty in Minnesota, Star Tribune
Nolan is on target, International Falls Journal
The Minnesota Department of Economic Development announced that the Minnesota Job Creation Fund has paid enormous dividends for Minnesota in its first year. With just $16 million in state funds, 31 companies have made commitments to invest $344 million in business developments that will create more than 1,800 jobs across Minnesota. The Minnesota Job Creation Fund, proposed by Gov. Dayton and authored by Rep. Tim Mahoney (DFL-Saint Paul), has been hailed as one of the most innovative finance programs in the country. Eligible businesses must work with local governments and be engaged in activities such as manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, and technology.
Dayton pushes $842 million bonding bill, Mesabi Daily News
Dayton taps Lewis & Clark for full funding, Worthington Daily News
Poverty in East African communities tied to low wages at MSP airport, Workday Minnesota
Machinists withdraw application for election at Delta Air Lines, Workday Minnesota
As the April 15 tax deadline approaches now is a good time for many Minnesotans to realize that in many cases the monthly premiums for MinnesotaCare, the state’s health care program for low-income Minnesotans, will be less than the tax penalty imposed on people who do not have health insurance. Most MinnesotaCare enrollees pay a monthly premium based on family size and income. Premiums range between $0 and $50 per month. Families of four earning between $32,000 and $47, 700 are generally eligible for MinnesotaCare, and a family of four earning $36,000 would be $25/month per adult. Individuals earning between $15,500 and $23,340 are generally eligible. At this level and below, the monthly premium is less than the minimum tax penalty imposed on Americans who lack insurance. Department of Human Services
This day in history
State of the State
Dayton’s State of the State speeches: Hits and misses, Pioneer Press
Posted on the Governor’s Facebook page yesterday:
Sunday liquor sales
Sunday liquor sales debated at the State Capitol, Pioneer Press
House starts work on omnibus transportation package, Session Daily
Many longest wait times for VA care are in the South, Star Tribune
The Status of Women in the States provides data on women’s progress in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States overall. Minnesota received a “B.” Wisconsin received a C+. Status of Women in the States
The Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women (OESW) is re-starting its newsletter to inform citizens of priority and emerging women’s economic issues in our state. To subscribe, visit http://www.oesw.leg.mn/.