- 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!
- June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
- June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.
Dayton, lawmakers remain at legislative impasse, Pioneer Press
Compromise reached on waterway buffers, Pioneer Press
Leaders always leave a little time for budget talks, Fargo Forum
Brewing budget deal spares health program, defers tax cuts, Austin Daily News
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
Lawmakers backing $16.5 million for avian flu help, Pioneer Press
The gender gap in pay: Both real and overstated, Star Tribune
Education funding decided, but veto threat looms, Pioneer Press
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
House passes conferee report on E-12 education spending, Session Daily
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.
Minnesota House Republicans are betraying our trust, Duluth News Tribune
Health and human services
Restore the Vote
Public safety bill drops felon voting, stirs passions, Pioneer Press
Transportation committee prepares ‘lights on’ bill, Pioneer Press