- Gov. Dayton will announce raises for his commissioners. Agency head compensation rates have not been updated in 12 years. The new salary levels were based on the recommendations of the bipartisan Compensation Council. The council was comprised of both public and private sector individuals as well as current and former legislators.
- President Obama will travel to Nashville for a speech on health care.
- Sen. Franken will visit a Youth Farm site in North Minneapolis, where kids learn valuable skills by growing food and distributing it through local, youth run markets.
- Sen. Franken, Congressman Ellison and Secretary of State Steve Simon will visit the Minneapolis Urban League to discuss efforts to protect the voting rights of all Americans.
- What’s happening today on the campaign trail: Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Lindsey Graham and Bobby Jindal will attend events in Iowa. Chris Christie will hold town hall meetings in New Hampshire. Bernie Sanders will hold a rally in Madison, Wis.
- Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Canadian Consulate’s Canada Day celebration.
- President Obama will visit the La Crosse area “for an event on the economy.”
- Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will visit Rochester for a fundraiser brunch and town meeting at 9 a.m. in the Rochester International Event Center.
Save the date
July 8 – Senate District 42 DFL will host a prevailing wage/right to work forum from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Roseville Library, 2180 N Hamline Ave., Roseville.
Nolan says he’ll run again, Duluth News Tribune
Mantorville woman seeks to unseat Duane Quam, Rochester Post Bulletin
Gov. Chris Christie on the issues, Star Tribune
Liz Warren: ‘I love what Bernie is talking about,’ Boston Herald
New Jersey could be a tough state for Christie to win, New York Times
From The Washington Post: In the conservative Twittersphere, not all reaction was positive:
After this barnburner of a speech, I’m moving Christie’s odds at the nomination from zero percent to one — Allahpundit (@allahpundit) June 30, 2015
The Chris Christie/Rand Paul battle for sixth place will be bitter and epic — Allahpundit (@allahpundit) June 30, 2015
Donald Trump overshadowed Christie announcement on social media. Trump’s week-old comments on immigration and the back-and-forth over Mexico continued to dominate the conversation, stirring up Spanish-language media and Tweeters, even on a day when yet another GOP candidate jumped into the fray. The Washington Post
Jeb Bush has posted 33 years of tax returns: Here are the most important numbers:
- He’s made more than $29 million since leaving the Florida governor’s office in 2007.
- He’s worth between $19 million and $22 million — 14 times what he had when his governorship ended.
- His adjusted gross income was $7.3 million in 2013. (He did not release his 2014 return, nor did he disclose the names of his firm’s consulting clients.)
- His effective tax rate rose from 17 percent in 2006 to 40.1 percent in 2013. (Contrast that to the 13.9 percent rate that Mitt Romney paid in 2010.)
- He earned $10 million from about 250 paid speeches during the eight years after he left office. (This averages out to roughly $40,000 a pop.) Ten of those speeches were for the South Korea-based Poongsan Corporation, which the FT notes is a controversial metal and munitions manufacturer.
- He pulled down $1.3 million a year at Lehman Brothers until it filed for bankruptcy and then about $2 million a year from Barclays, the British bank which acquired its North American operations.
- He made some dumb investments. For example, Bush purchased $77,000 in Lehman Brothers stock in July of 2008, two months before the company filed for bankruptcy. He sold his shares the day after Christmas, so that he could get the tax write-off, for $54.
- He’s given an average of 1.47 percent of his gross adjusted income each year since leaving office to charity ($739,000 from 2007 to 2014).
- He’s owned funds run by Abbey Capital LP, so some of the tax forms include addresses in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
- He made almost half a million dollars from investing in Tenet Healthcare, which supported/benefited from Obamacare and whose board he sat on. He more than doubled his money between buying the stock in May 2011 and selling it in October 2013. Read all the returns on Jeb2016.com.
Ted Cruz auditions for “The Simpsons”
Congressman Keith Ellison
Obama to announce re-opening of embassy in Cuba, Tampa Bay Times
Franken: Rural health needs intensive care, Duluth News Tribune
Union contract for home-care workers is newest front in labor fight, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Working sick and broke doesn’t work, Star Tribune
Obama swings left with overtime regs, The Hill
Supreme Court agrees to hear case challenging workers, Workday Minnesota
The Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear a challenge on collective bargaining rights. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, seeks to overturn the 35-year old Abood v. Detroit Board of Education ruling that allows public sector unions to collect fair share fees from non-members to cover the costs associated with representation. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
“It’s extremely frustrating that at a time when corporations and the super-rich have unprecedented power, the court would agree to take up a case that could further undercut working Americans.
“The court is revisiting a previous decision that gave public sector workers the ability to bargain collectively to improve their working conditions and lives. Overturning Abood would make this harder by forcing dues-paying union members to pay for the representation costs of workers who choose not to pay fair share fees.
“While we hope that the Court will not over turn their previous decision in Abood, an unfavorable ruling will not stop Minnesota’s labor movement from growing. Workers across our state and nation continue to stand up for their rights; we will continue to stand with them and their organizing efforts.”
House Ethics Committee dismisses complaint filed by Kahn, Star Tribune
Shouting not an ethical violation, committee decides, Pioneer Press
Major League Soccer
For Obama, rainbow White House was ‘a moment worth savoring,’ The Washington Post
Where gay marriage stands in the states that didn’t have it, The Washington Post
Aid for the poor included in new Minnesota laws, Pioneer Press
Obama sharpens his message on race, The Hill
State commissioner compensation
State leaders’ raises are needed to maintain quality, Star Tribune