In the Know: May 18, 2015

Events today

  • The 2015 legislative session ends today and legislators have until midnight to complete their work.
  • 9 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session. 

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • 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

Dayton, lawmakers remain at legislative impasse, Pioneer Press

Compromise reached on waterway buffers, Pioneer Press

Legislative leaders meet with Dayton as they rush toward a Monday finish, Pioneer Press

Leaders always leave a little time for budget talks, Fargo Forum

Moving parts, dwindling time mark legislature’s budget push, KSTP

Despite veto threat, lawmakers push forward with budget, MPR

Budget deal on line, Daudt, Bakk meet separately with Dayton, Star Tribune

Dayton stands by veto threat, says GOP gets blame if session melts down, Star Tribune

Brewing budget deal spares health program, defers tax cuts, Austin Daily News

Minn. DFL House minority sides with Dayton on veto threat, Star Tribune

Sen. Bakk warns Dayton that veto would be ‘risky,’ Star Tribune

Daudt: We’re going to make it, we’re going to make it, Star Tribune

Local view: Invest state surplus in education, infrastructure, Duluth News Tribune,

Looking ahead to compete, control costs, Pioneer Press

Dayton: Legislators can meet on the Capitol lawn, Pioneer Press

Dayton calls Legislature’s budget plans ‘wrong,’” Pioneer Press

A minimal finish for a divided state government, Star Tribune

Budget-setting session reaches deadline, but show may go on, MPR

Minnesota Legislature briefing: Buffer deal, college cash and more, Pioneer Press
Midnight deadline: Update from the Minnesota Legislature, Fox 9

Special session held in Capitol would cost big bucks, KARE

2016 election

Wisconsin takes center stage on fight for Senate majority, The Hill

Large GOP field has leaders nervous about their chances in ’16, The Hill

‘Campaigns’ aren’t necessarily campaigns in the age of ‘Super PACs’, New York Times

Agriculture

Lawmakers backing $16.5 million for avian flu help, Pioneer Press

Sen. Franken on Minnesota bird flu crisis: ‘We need to be doing everything we can,’ KVRR

Congressional delegation

Kline and Franken provide bipartisan leadership on Indian schools, Star Tribune

Minnesota’s two Democrats of different stripes bond over turkey hunting, Star Tribune

Klobuchar

Klobuchar address UMD’s Class of 2015, WDIO

Economy

The gender gap in pay: Both real and overstated, Star Tribune

Education (E-12)

Lt. Gov. Smith interview with Esme Murphy, WCCO

The force of will of the education governor, mnpACT!

Education funding decided, but veto threat looms, Pioneer Press

U.S. Education chief pressures legislators on pre-K, MPR

Text of Duncan letter

Commissioners: Education bill a must, MPR

Minnesota’s debate on universal preschool exposes differences, Star Tribune

DFL lawmakers say they back Gov. Dayton’s education plans, Pioneer Press

What if the education budget gets vetoed and isn’t replaced? Pioneer Press

Suspense hangs over Capitol as Dayton renews veto threat over early ed, Star Tribune

House passes conferee report on E-12 education spending, Session Daily

Minn. House passes education finance bill 71 – 59, WCCO

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Education (higher)

Agreement reached on $166 million more for higher ed, Session Daily

Higher education budget on its way to governor, Session Daily 

Conference committee agreement

  • State Grant Program: Allows an increased number of Minnesota families and students to receive State Grants while also expanding access to college and university education.
  • University of Minnesota: Approximately $53 million for the University of Minnesota, including $30 million to ensure the Medical School retains its national prominence and trains Minnesota’s next generation of medical professionals. $1 million to continue research into Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and $22 million to help keep tuition costs low.
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities: A robust investment of $100 million toward tuition relief for students.
  • MnSCU College Occupational Scholarship Pilot Program: $5 million to expand available scholarships for qualifying students in technical fields at Minnesota’s two-year schools.
  • Earn While You Learn: Invests $3.4 million into grants for dual-education apprenticeship programs in high growth/strong demand sectors, letting students earn while they learn.

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Environment

New buffer strip plan speeds implementation, carries fines, MPR

GOP

Minnesota House Republicans are betraying our trust, Duluth News Tribune

Health and human services

Health and human services budget takes shape, MPR

Compromise spends $138 million on nursing homes, saves $25 million in waste, Pioneer Press

On health care, lawmakers reach deal with little contention, few major changes, Pioneer Press

Restore the Vote

Senate Judiciary chair: Giving up felon voting rights bill ‘not easy at all’, Star Tribune

Public safety bill drops felon voting, stirs passions, Pioneer Press

Transportation

Daudt calls transportation fix ‘not likely’ for a year, WCCO

As lawmakers battle budget deadline, impact becomes clear, WCCO

Transportation committee prepares ‘lights on’ bill, Pioneer Press

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