In the Know: May 11, 2015

Events today

  • Today kicks off the last full week of the 2015 Legislative Session. Legislators must adjourn by midnight next Monday.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 2 p.m. – Congressmen Keith Ellison, Rick Nolan and Tim Walz will join Move MN and state leaders will discuss Minnesota’s deteriorating infrastructure and the lack of reliable funding to fix it.
  • 3:30 p.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 12 – The North Metro Chapter of the DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada. Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire and Ramsey County Deputy Manager Heather Worthington will discuss the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant redevelopment.
  • May 16 – The DFL African-American Caucus will meet at 10 a.m., Golden Thyme Coffee House, 921 Selby Ave, St. Paul.
  • May 16 – The DFL Environmental Caucus will hold a membership meeting, noon, Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • May 21 – MYDFL Central Committee meeting, 6:15 p.m., Rondo Community Library, 461 N Dale St., St. Paul.
  • May 21 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Mineapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 

Events you won’t want to miss!

2015 session

Fishing scores while budget talks flounder, MPR

Dayton, legislators add school spending to budget fight, MPR

Minnesota state Sen. Sean Nienow offers a Plan B in case of government shutdown, Star Tribune

Private state budget talks resume at Capitol, Star Tribune

Legislature 2015, DFL vision: We’ll use this opportunity to invest, Star Tribune

Legislature 2015, GOP vision: Raising taxes amid surplus is illogical, Star Tribune

Lawmakers face a busy final week at the Capitol, Pioneer Press

Minnesota’s budget compromise – it’s out there, somewhere, Pioneer Press

Crunch time at the State Capitol. Advantage: Dayton, Star Tribune

Capitol budget deals beginning to shape up, MinnPost

Minnesota lawmakers reach final week of session with a budget deal still out of grasp, Star Tribune

2016 election

Politics, faith bind Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, Pioneer Press

GOP 2016: The top 10 White House contenders, The Hill

No dying breed: ‘Blue Dog’ Peterson fired up for next run, MPR

Congressional delegation

Walz

PoliGraph: NRCC’s Walz claim leaves out details, MPR

Economy

Stocks surge the most since March after US reports a pickup in hiring, Star Tribune

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Education (higher)

Tina Smith: Governor’s plan invests in higher ed and future prosperity, Star Tribune

Higher education commissioner pushes for higher spending target, Pioneer Press

Why are House Republicans targeting college students? St. Cloud Times

Education (K-12)

Minnesota Legislature shouldn’t squander chance to invest in neglected Indian schools, Star Tribune

Fishing opener

Walleye welcome: Hundreds turn out for Governor’s Fishing Opener on Lake Vermilion, Duluth News Tribune

Governor Dayton kicks off the 2015 fishing opener, Northland News Center

Angeles hit the lake for Minnesota’s fishing opener, WDIO

Dayton opens Minnesota walleye season on Lake Vermilion as 500K anglers take to the water, Star Tribune

GOP

Pawlenty: ‘I declare myself retired politically’, MPR

Losing candidate has it wrong, Fargo Forum

Health and human services

No compromise yet for MNsure, MinnesotaCare, West Central Tribune

Health care numbers on Legislature’s Sunday docket, Pioneer Press

Lawmakers split over when – not whether – to reassess MinnesotaCare, Pioneer Press

Budget deal rests on health and human services spending, St. Cloud Times

Budget negotiations focus on health care divide MPR

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Labor

The next labor fight is over when you work, not how much you make, Star Tribune

Teachers union case could reshape labor law, Star Tribune

Lake Vermilion State Park

Pawlenty on Lake Vermillion State Park groundbreaking, MPR

Dayton, Pawlenty join groundbreaking at Minnesota’s newest park, Albert Lea Tribune

Local government aid

Duluth local government aid cuts are a rotten precedent, Star Tribune 

Minnesota National Guard

Minnesota Guard paid Vikings, Wild $2M-plus in tax dollars, Star Tribune

Simon, Steve

Steve Simon’s passion for the vote, American Jewish World

State budgets

Despite recovering US economy, nearly half of states expect to confront big budget gaps, Star Tribune

Taxes

Who pays estate taxes? WCCO 

Transportation

Minnesota lawmakers should reduce, not ignore oil train risks, Star Tribune

Working women

Minnesota, Wisconsin rank near top of best states for working moms, Star Tribune

Coon Rapids mom gets call from Obama, Star Tribune

President Obama surprises Coon Rapids mom with a phone call, Fox 9

State-funded training program for women-owned businesses now taking applications, MinnPost

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