In the Know: April 9, 2015

Events today

  • 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

2016 election

One day after declaring for president, Rand Paul picks a fight with the media, Bloomberg

Hillary’s path to victory? Politico

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Agriculture

9th bird flu case confirmed on Minnesota turkey farm, KEYC

Dayton proposes more money to reimburse farmers for buffers, Pioneer Press

Alpha News

According to Alpha News, they are ‘not responsible’ for Alpha News, Star Tribune

Budget (state)

Dayton, GOP at odds on how much to spend, Grand Forks Herald

Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School

‘Tangle of bureaucracy’ leaves Indian school decrepit, MPR

Kline, Nolan visit troubled Ojibwe school, Star Tribune

Congressmen tour decrepit school on Leech Lake reservation, Pioneer Press

Child care

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.

Child protection

State may bolster number of child protection workers, with a catch, Star Tribune

Childhood poverty

The blunt truth about childhood poverty in Minnesota, Star Tribune

Congressional delegation

Emmer

A different Tom Emmer emerges in Congress, MPR

Franken

Sen. Al Franken tours 75F to gain insight on energy efficiency, KEYC

Sen. Al Franken makes stop in Mankato on rural health tour, KEYC

Kline

PoliGraph: Anti-Kline ad doesn’t tell the whole story, MPR

Nolan

Nolan holds hearing on trade partnership, hears from steelworkers, WDIO

Nolan is on target, International Falls Journal

Nolan talks transportation, taxes, wars at North Branch Rotary meeting, ECM

Dayton

Dayton unchained: Elections done, governor fights for legacy, MPR

Economy

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.

Education (E-12)

Education committee mulls Dayton’s updated E-12 budget recommendations, Session Daily

GOP

Challenges to MN GOP Chair Downey reflect frustration of party’s libertarian wing, MinnPost

Hemp

Lawmaker worries that hemp would lead to legal marijuana in Minnesota, Pioneer Press

Jobs bill

Dayton pushes $842 million bonding bill, Mesabi Daily News

Dayton taps Lewis & Clark for full funding, Worthington Daily News

How Dayton’s job bill will impact the Northland, WDIO

What was Dayton thinking with his $842 million bonding proposal? MinnPost

Labor

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

MinnesotaCare

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

Labor

This day in history

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State of the State

Dayton’s State of the State speeches: Hits and misses, Pioneer Press

Lots of ways to watch Dayton’s ‘State of the State’ Thursday night, MinnPost

As Minnesota session reaches key phase, Dayton to crystalize agenda in State of State address, Star Tribune

Political Analyst David Schultz previews ‘State of the State’ address, KARE 

Posted on the Governor’s Facebook page yesterday:

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Sunday liquor sales

Allowing Sunday liquor sales is probably going to fail again at the state Legislature. Here’s why, MinnPost

Sunday liquor sales debate burns on in House, absent a committee vote, Star Tribune

Sunday liquor sales debated at the State Capitol, Pioneer Press

Taxes

State Senate panel considers cigar tax cut, MPR

Cigar tax cut considered at Capitol, but anti-smoking activists push back, Star Tribune

Transportation

House starts work on omnibus transportation package, Session Daily 

Veterans

Many longest wait times for VA care are in the South, Star Tribune

Despite reforms, VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care, Star Tribune

Vikings

New Vikings stadium celebrates halfway mark in construction, Star Tribune

Voting

Ellison tries to rally support for voter rights amendment, which would nullify voter ID laws, Star Tribune

Women

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/.

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