In the Know: May 21, 2015

Events today

  • 10 a.m. – Steve Hine, DEED Labor Market Information Office research director will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for April 2015. 

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 He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 
  • May 31 – Stonewall DFL – Political Support Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to screen candidates for CD 2 at DFL Headquarters. A board meeting will follow the Political Support Meeting and will be voting on the recommendation of the Political Support Committee for CD 2 endorsement. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Save the date!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview
  • 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.

2015 session

Lawmakers look back on efforts, ahead to likely special session, Session Daily

Legislators put budget together, but it’s not a done deal, Minnesota Budget Project


2015 special session

GOP wants special session soon, MPR

Good Question: How often are there special sessions? WCCO

Special session’s agenda just won’t be education, WCCO

Dayton receives a lot of requests as special session approaches, Star Tribune

Basic facts about the Legislature’s special session, Duluth News Tribune


Capitol renovation

Sen. Bakk wants underground garage for State Capitol, Star Tribune

Education (E-12)

Dayton and Daudt were only $25 million apart over $17 billion education bill, Star Tribune

GOP not to blame for pending education bill veto, Daudt says, Star Tribune

Another Mark Dayton-Legislature ed-funding fight – over words, Pioneer Press

Dayton stands by remark about GOP, public schools, KARE

Budget impasse puts school plans on hold, MPR

Education (higher)

Legislature mandates tuition cuts at 2-year colleges, Star Tribune 


Dayton: Veto of environment bill might not yield a better bill, MPR

Environmental groups, key DFLers urge veto of environmental bill, Star Tribune

Health and human services

Budget deal on MinnesotaCare triples out-of-pocket costs, raises premiums for working Minnesotans, Minnesota Budget Project

Budget deal on MinnesotaCare triples out-of-pocket costs, raises premiums for working Minnesotans, MinnPost


Twin Cities department store cleaners sue over wages, overtime, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal


Range highway victim of end of session rush, MPR

$500 million in cuts planned for Southwest rail line, MPR

Experts say railroad funding is key to safety, Star Tribune 

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