In the Know: May 15, 2015

Events today

  • Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will have breakfast with a delegation of African-American clergy and community leaders for a breakfast meeting at the Governor’s Residence.
  • 9:15 a.m. – Budget negations resume.
  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 7 p.m. – All four legislative leaders will appear on “Almanac.”

 Constituency Caucus meetings

  • 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., Minneapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Events you won’t want to miss!

2015 session

Talks spill into Friday with on resolution, Pioneer Press

Progress made in state budget talks, but big deals still to be cut, Pioneer Press

Bakk: Maybe not enough time to pass taxes, transportation, Pioneer Press

Last minute advice for deal makes: Save surplus, fix roads, Pioneer Press

Small slices of Minnesota’s budget coming together in deal, MPR

Negotiators approve targets for some budget areas, MPR

Minnesota state budget talks drag on as deadline approaches, Star Tribune

MN Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk talks after higher education budget agreement, Star Tribune

As private budget talks continue at Capitol, rank-and-file members fret, Star Tribune

Background for the session’s final days, Pioneer Press

Progress’ and ‘special session’ in same legislative sentence, Duluth News Tribune

Special session looms in St. Paul, Duluth News Tribune

Amid budget negotiations, Daudt steps back from plan to scrap MinnesotaCare, MinnPost

How House Republicans are screwing rural voters, Part 3, mn progressive project

‘Cone of Silence’ in place, but could legislative deal be near? Star Tribune

Small slices of Minnesota’s budget coming together in deal, WCCO

No Minnesota budget deal, special session next week? Fox 9

State budget talks yield some progress, KARE

A budget deal begins to take shape. . .and not much else, MinnPost

While the House has moved away from killing MinnesotaCare, the Senate may be softening on the gas tax, however Gov. Dayton’s insistence on universal Pre-K remains the biggest obstacle to a deal. morning take 

2016 election

Wisconsin’s Feingold to run for U.S. Senate, Pioneer Press

Jeb Bush, the incompetent candidate, Star Tribune

Feingold to seek his old Senate seat in what could be a marquee matchup in ’16, MinnPost

Driver’s licenses

Supporters of immigrant driver’s licenses wait on fate of transportation bill provision, MinnPost

Education (higher)

Higher ed target reached in budget talks, Pioneer Press

Speaker Kurt Daudt, Majority Leader Tom Bakk, Gov. Mark Dayton agree on higher education budget, Star Tribune

MSU students walk to Capitol to urge higher ed funding, Mankato Free Press

Education (K-12)

Minnesota schools petition to start before Labor Day, Pioneer Press

Environment

Iron Range legislators, Dayton reach compromise over sulfate standards for wild rice, MPR

Don’t let special interests dilute federal ‘Clean Water Rule’ Star Tribune

GOP

A hypothesis about Kurt Daudt, mn progressive project

Labor

House votes to ratify labor agreements, compensation plans, Session Daily

Lottery

Minnesota online lottery games experiment to end, WCCO

Lottery ban bill on its way to Gov. Dayton, again, MPR

Mental health

Lori Sturdevant: Legislature’s dealmakers shouldn’t squeeze out mental health improvements, Star Tribune

Public safety

Law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty honored Friday, MinnPost

Safe at Home

Secretary of State discusses Safe at Home program with The Refuge Network, Isanti County News

Transportation

Rail industry and government struggle to balance safety and efficiency in shipments, Star Tribune

Dibble, Kent: DFL transportation plan does what’s needed, Pioneer Press

Why Minnesota would be better off with no transportation bill than any of the current proposals, MinnPost

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