In the Know: May 4, 2015

Events today

  • 9:30 a.m. – Last year, Tom Wartman, owner of Fresh Seasons Markets in Victoria and Glen Lake closed those two stores without paying his employees the vacation pay and personal holiday pay that they had earned. He was also delinquent in payments to the Minneapolis Retail Meat Cutter and Food Handlers Health, Welfare, and Pension fund. This caused many Fresh Seasons Market employees to lose their health care coverage while the stores were still open. Now, he’s trying to reopen these stores with new investors, without paying workers the money they are owed. An information picket will take place at the Victoria Store.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will be joined by DFL legislators for a news conference to discuss campaign finance legislation being considered this session by the Legislature.
  • 3:30 p.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives is in session. Members will take up the omnibus agriculture policy finance.

Events Friday

  • 4 p.m. – A community picnic kicks off the 2015 Governor’s Fishing Opener, Tower Civic Center. The event includes free food, free games, great entertainment and several other activities. Follow along at #MNGFO2015.

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.

Events you won’t want to miss!

2015 session

Capitol leaders ready for high-stakes budget poker, MPR

For Minnesota House Speaker budget crunch time is a big test, Grand Forks Herald

Capitol catch-up: Big issues dominated the week at the Legislature, Pioneer Press

Senate Majority Leader: Not planning on sending Dayton veto-bait, Pioneer Press

Tom Bakk has always been a builder – from houses to union deals to laws, Pioneer Press

Mark Dayton, Senate leader meet on budget, Pioneer Press

House builds another roadblock to budget compromise, St. Cloud Times

Talking Points: Shutdown specter looms over budget battle, WCCO

2016 election

5 things you should know about Carly Fiorina, MPR

Christie’s camp mobilizes to salvage White House hopes, New York Times

Ben Carson, famed neurosurgeon and conservative star, running for GOP presidential nomination, Star Tribune

Bernie Sanders calls for a ‘political revolution’, Star Tribune

Problems of poverty edge into 2016 presidential race amid tensions in Baltimore, Star Tribune

Why Clinton vs. Bush would be a very, very unique presidential matchup, Smart Politics

Carly Fiorina lauches 2016 bid: ‘Yes, I am running for president’, The Hill

G.O.P. hopefuls now aiming to woo the middle class, New York Times

Affordable Care Act

Almost 12 million gained Medicaid coverage under ObamaCare, The Hill

Agriculture

For Minnesota turkey farmers, bird flu is crisis of a lifetime, MPR

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Beer

New law allows beer growler sales on Sunday, MPR

Dayton signs Sunday growler sales bill; cities can OK it, Pioneer Press

Congressional delegation

Kline

John Kline silent as pressure mounts against his sugar daddy, for-profit colleges, City Pages

Education (higher)

House and Senate higher education omnibus bills use different approaches to invest in students, Minnesota Budget Project

Education (K-12)

Editorial counterpoint: Put 3 percent into general education formula, Star Tribune

St. Paul teacher named Minn. Teacher of the Year, MPR

Environment

Can you imagine life here without healthy waterways? Faribault Daily News

Face facts on water quality, Mankato Free Press

So. Minn. water crisis rises, Star Tribune

Groundwater runoff a major threat to Minnesota waters, KARE

Report: Region water quality poor, Mankato Free Press

With varied water quality across Minnesota, little time left to pass buffers, West Central Tribune

MPCA: New report shines light on water quality concerns in Minnesota, ECM

The Daily Digest: Land O’Polluted Lakes, MPR

Report: Pollutants still plague many southern Minnesota waters, MPR

Discussing buffer strips, Staples World

With varied water quality across Minnesota, little time left to pass buffers, West Central Tribune

Half of lakes and streams in southern Minnesota found too polluted for safe swimming, fishing, Star Tribune

Groundwater runoff a major threat to Minnesota waters, KARE

Dayton Pushes Importance of Buffer Strips, Willmar

Report: Agricultural, urban runoff contaminating Minnesota’s waters, WCCO

Governor’s Fishing Opener

Tower gears up for Governor’s Fishing Opener and community picnic, Hometown Focus

Free picnic kicks off Governor’s Fishing Opener in Tower, Ely Echo

Area readies for ‘The Guv,’ Ely Timberjay

GOP

Our View: GOP must show more for outstate, Mankato Free Press

With his party in shambles, Keith Downey wants a $35,000 raise, City Pages

OUR OPINION: Minnesota Republicans, take a lesson from N.D., Grand Forks Herald

Guns

Editorial: Our legislators are doing important work, like making guns quieter, Crookston Daily Times

Health and human services

Killing MinnesotaCare with Republican logic, News Day

Labor

May Day march sends message of unity, Workday Minnesota

Minnesota Works Podcast: Safe staffing on Workers Memorial Day, Minnesota AFL-CIO

Local Government Aid

Severe LGA cuts a betrayal, Fargo Forum

Minnesota Opinion: End political games, nonsense over LGA, Duluth News Tribune

Our View: House LGA proposal deepens rural-urban divide, Rochester Post Bulletin

Senators fighting for LGA — good, Mesabi Daily News

Officials weigh in on LGA proposals, implications, Austin Daily News

MinnesotaCare’s future at stake in House GOP budget, Rochester Post Bulletin

Health omnibus bill ‘riddled with budget gimmicks’, Hibbing Daily Tribune

PoliGraph: DFL correct about HHS budget ‘hole’, MPR

They say the plan’s projected $300 million in savings from eliminating waste and fraud from Medicaid and other public programs would actually yield much less – around $16.5 million –which they say would leave a $283 million hole in the GOP budget for the coming biennium. The DFL gets this right.

Met Council

New Met Council chair shrugs off critics, sets a forward-looking agenda, Star Tribune

‘Right to Try’

For Rep. Nick Zerwas, ‘Right to Try’ legislation is from the heart, Star Tribune

‘Right to try’ bill heading to governor, MPR

‘Right to Try’ bill permits dying patients to use experimental treatments, WCCO 

St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development

St. David’s construction helps serve twice as many families, KSTP

Taxes

House tax proposal to exempt Social Security is expensive and poorly targeted, Minnesota Budget Project

Transportation

Good questions about transportation costs, Pioneer Press

Minnesota’s bridges are out there aging, Star Tribune

DOT issues final rules on flammable oil trains, Politico

MnDOT struggles to keep up with MnPASS demand, MinnPost

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