In the Know: May 16

Events today

  • 9:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Hmong Lao Veterans Memorial Groundbreaking, State Capitol Lawn.
  • 11 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will hold a media availability.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • Noon – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.

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

Gov. Mark Dayton takes issue with Minnesota legislators’ budget plan, Star Tribune

Lawmakers reach tentative budget deal; transportation funding and tax cuts put on hold, MinnPost

Legislative leaders plan to go ahead with their budget plans, despite Dayton objections, Pioneer Press

Dayton has doubt on legislative budget deal: ‘We’ll see how it proceeds,’ Pioneer Press

So what makes a special session so special? Session Daily

Packing up at the State Capitol, Almanac

Legislative leaders on Almanac, Almanac

Dayton objects to lawmakers’ budget deal, MPR

Lawmakers preparing for long weekend, MPR

Dayton says he’ll stand firm on education funding, WCCO

Brewing budget deal spares health program, defers tax cuts, WCCO

Minnesota state budget framework emerges, Fox 9

Tax cuts, transportation funding may wait until 2016, KARE

Legislators’ budget agreement

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2016 session

Lawmakers eyeing March 8 for start date of next year’s session, WCCO

Education (higher)

Teaching students rattled as state board penalizes UMD programs, Star Tribune

Education (K-12)

Schools hold out hope for funding increase, Pioneer Press

Environment

Deal reached over Minnesota wild rice sulfate standards, Pioneer Press

Environment groups brace for last-minute legislative deals, MPR

Health and human services

Success of Minnesota health program should spur future reform, Star Tribune

Understand legislators’ core values before choosing representation, Woodbury Bulletin

Labor

Postal workers rally for customers and a fair contract, Workday Minnesota

Transportation

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

Open Skies: Protect Minnesota jobs and hold nations accountable, MinnPost

Veterans

District deserves better than John Kline, Hastings Star Gazette

Voting

Election updates pass House — but differences with Senate remain, Session Daily

 

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