In the Know: June 9, 2015

Events today

  • 6 a.m. – Just weeks after a lawsuit claiming wage theft by a company contracted to clean big box stores like Macy’s and Herberger’s, janitors who clean over 50 stores will walk off the job early this morning. Striking workers are members of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL), a Twin Cities worker center, and SEIU Local 26. They will set up a picket line in front of the Minneapolis Macy’s.
  • Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will meet with local emergency management officials in Saint Paul Park to discuss the critical need for railway safety investment in the region. They will also visit the Newport rail crossing site. 
  • Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at American Legion Auxiliary Girls State conference.

2015 special session

With budget unresolved, Thissen heads to Europe, MPR

Dayton relents in fight over auditor, paving way for budget deal, MPR

Minnesota cities, counties fume over costly sales tax change, MPR

Daudt urges Dayton to ditch auditor fight, MPR

Dayton drops one objection, but others sprout, Pioneer Press

Minnesota cities, counties fume over costly sales tax change, Pioneer Press

Dayton backs down in dispute over state auditor, Star Tribune

Dayton surrenders on auditor provision, says special session likely by end of week, Star Tribune

Dayton backs off on state auditor issue, KSTP

Shutdown might be avoided: Dayton drops auditor demand WCCO

Dayton relents on State Auditor, pushes rail safety, KARE

Dayton reluctantly ready to call special session, could come by week’s end, Fox 9

Congressional delegation

Minn. congressional delegation has mixed reaction to debt relief, Star Tribune

Environment

Programs give farmers incentive to create bee habitat, MPR

Franson, Dick

Only death could stop Dick Franson from running for office, Star Tribune 

Labor

Janitors strike wages in downtown Minneapolis, Fox 9

Legislature

Lawmaker’s alleged outburst prompts ethics complaint, MPR

Rep. Kahn files ethics complaint against Hastings GOPer, Pioneer Press

Rep. Phyllis Kahn files ethics complaint, says Rep. Denny McNamara screamed at her (Updated: McNamara says he wasn’t yelling at her, but at a lobbyist), MinnPost

Mondale, Walter

U of M’s Humphrey School plans yearlong tribute to Walter Mondale, MinnPost

Reproductive rights

How Minnesota became an island of abortion rights in the Midwest, MinnPost

State Auditor

Local view: Minnesota’s auditor is needed to ensure accountability, Duluth News Tribune

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