Gov Dayton’s 2015 State of the State Address

2015 Budget for a Better Minnesota

image002Last night, Governor Mark Dayton outlined his vision for Minnesota’s future – highlighting his proposals for preK-12 education, higher education affordability, and transportation. What did we learn?

Now is the time to act. This year, we have the rare opportunity to lay the foundation for Minnesota’s future.

For more than a decade, Minnesota was saddled by chronic deficits – burdened by shifts, gimmicks, and deep cuts. But during the past few years, Governor Dayton has worked to clean up the state’s fiscal mess, turn deep deficits into surpluses, and position Minnesota for future success.

  • A Balanced Budget – When Governor Dayton took office in 2011, our state faced a $6.1 billion deficit. Thanks to Minnesota workers and businesses, and a Governor willing to make tough decisions, we have a nearly $2 billion surplus today.
  • Building on Past Investments – During the last two years, the Governor and DFL Legislature made long-overdue investments in all-day Kindergarten, and paying back the shifts and gimmicks that hurt Minnesota schools and seniors.
  • Laying the Foundation – Now with the Minnesota’s fiscal house in order, Governor Dayton believes we have a great opportunity this year to build on these investments and lay the foundation for an even better Minnesota.

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In the Know: April 10, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will appear on MPR with Kerri Miller.
  • Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will hold a conference call with Agriculture Commissioner Dave Fredrickson, State Veterinarian Bill Hartmann and representatives from Minnesota’s turkey industry to discuss the state’s response to avian flu.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Sen. Klobuchar will highlight efforts protect children from detergent packet poisoning. The Minnesota Poison Control System is reporting a 600 percent increase in poisoning incidents related to detergent packages, with a jump from 49 cases in 2012 to 352 in 2014There have been 64 cases so far this year. Klobuchar has cosponsored legislation that would set safety standards for liquid detergent packets…Klobuchar will be joined by the family of a 13-month-old Minnesota girl that bit into a laundry detergent pod and was hospitalized in an intensive care unit with severe poisoning for six days.
  • Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger to visit Washington County Health Improvement Sites for youth and elderly residents. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Pine Hill Elementary, 9015 Hadley Ave., Cottage Grove. 3-4 p.m., Cardinal Pointe, 1201 Hadley Ave. N., Oakdale.
  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will appear on “Almanac.”

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In the Know: April 9, 2015

Events today

  • Sen. Klobuchar visits to Worthington, Jackson, Fairmont and Lewisville on her “competitive agenda” tour of Southern Minnesota.
  • 10:15 a.m.  – State Rep. Dave Pinto (DFL – St. Paul) will be joined by law enforcement officials from around Minnesota to present legislation that is crucial to the success of law enforcement efforts to protect victims of sex-trafficking and pursue traffickers and buyers. Room 10, State Office Building.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • Noon – The Dept. of Public Safety will hold a news conference today at Valley Fair about distracted driving. Drivers with their eyes on their phones will discover that law enforcement will have their eyes on them during an upcoming extra distracted driving enforcement campaign in Minnesota. DPS will announce a statewide campaign that runs April 13-18.
  • Noon – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 4 p.m. – Congressman Keith Ellison will hold a Voting Rights Forum to hear from community members and to discuss his constitutional amendment to protect voting rights. Emerge Career and Technology Center, 1834 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis.
  • 6 p.m. – ERA Minnesota will be out front of the House Chambers and in strategic locations around the Capitol to give a visual reminder that the ERA IS HERE TO STAY
  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will give the State of the State in the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Chamber. Watch it here or on PBS television stations statewide on the Minnesota Channel or listen to it on MPR or WCCO-AM. The Star Tribune will be live-streaming video of the Governor’s remarks on their website. Minnesotans can also follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #MnSOTS.

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Gov. Dayton’s Jobs Bill Would Create 23,900 Minnesota Jobs

image001Gov. Mark Dayton today introduced a Jobs Bill that would invest $842 million in infrastructure projects statewide, creating more than 23,900* Minnesota jobs. This new Jobs Bill would help addresses many of the state’s critical infrastructure needs, while strengthening Minnesota’s economy and putting thousands of people to work.

“My proposals would put thousands of Minnesotans to work throughout our state,” said Gov. Dayton. “This bill gives priority to projects that have been delayed for years and are crucial to modernizing MnSCU and U of M buildings and classrooms, and improving local infrastructure. I ask the Legislature to join me in working to pass a Jobs Bill this session to boost Minnesota’s economy and address our state’s most crucial infrastructure needs.”

The Governor’s Jobs Bill includes critical infrastructure projects distributed all across Minnesota. The bill balances the needs of the state, with 43 percent of the projects are in Greater Minnesota, 38 percent in the Twin Cities Area, and 19 percent of the projects with statewide impacts. Gov. Dayton’ Jobs Bill also is designed to make state resources go farther, by leveraging more than $420 million in private, local, and federal dollars.

Statewide Economic Development

The Governor’s Jobs Bill supports regional centers statewide – investing in projects that will create jobs, attract additional private investment, and support economic development in communities across Minnesota. Some of those investments include: Read More

In the Know: April 8, 2015

Events today

  • Sen. Klobuchar will kick off a two-day competitive agenda tour across southern Minnesota to highlight economic and workforce development opportunities. Klobuchar will highlight her competitive agenda that includes expanding workforce training, strengthening STEM education, improving infrastructure, and strengthening rural health care. Today she’ll visit Chandler, Pipestone and Luverne.
  • 11 a.m. – A group of Minnesota doctors will be at the State Capitol to remind state legislators that clean energy is closely tied to cleaner air, cleaner water, and better health.  In an open letter they plan to deliver to every member of the House and Senate, the Twin Cities Medical Society states that emissions of power plants are adversely affecting our environment and impacting the health of Minnesota’s communities.
  • Noon – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will attend the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction event. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S, Minneapolis.

Events tomorrow

  • 4 p.m. – Congressman Keith Ellison will hold a Voting Rights Forum to hear from community members and to discuss his constitutional amendment to protect voting rights. Emerge Career and Technology Center, 1834 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis.
  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will give the State of the State in the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Chamber.

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  • 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.

2015 session

Burned twice in the past by vetoes, tax chair ‘believin’ there’s hope this time, Session Daily

Times Editorial – Maybe the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities should be in charge of the state, Crookston Daily Times

With 12 weeks down and six weeks to go, the Legislature has passed few bills, MinnPost

Forum editorial: Greater Minnesota is watching, Fargo Forum Read More

Gov. Dayton’s 2015 State of the State Address

2015 State of the StateTomorrow night, Governor Dayton will deliver his annual State of the State Address to a joint session of the Minnesota Legislature, beginning at 7:00pm in the Chamber of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Minnesotans can tune into Governor Dayton’s Twitter page on the night of the speech to view a special livestream of the Governor’s State of the State Address. Those wishing to view the stream on their mobile device can download the Periscope application. Minnesotans will also be able to watch this stream from their computers with no special software needed.

Minnesotans can also watch or listen to Governor Dayton’s State of the State Address on the following outlets:

  • House Public Information Services: House Public Information Services will be live-streaming video of the Governor’s remarks online at this link. After the speech, video of Governor Dayton’s remarks will be posted online here.
  • PBS Stations: The Governor’s remarks will be broadcast live on PBS television stations statewide on the Minnesota Channel.
  • MPR Stations: Minnesota Public Radio will broadcast the Governor’s remarks live on affiliated radio stations statewide. The speech will also be re-broadcast at noon on Friday, April 10, 2015.
  • WCCO TV: WCCO will be live-streaming video of the Governor’s remarks on their website at this link.
  • WCCO Radio: The Governor’s remarks will be broadcast live on WCCO Radio AM830 and on their website.
  • The Star Tribune will be live-streaming video of the Governor’s remarks on their website.

Minnesotans can also follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #MnSOTS 

In the Know: April 7, 2015

Events today

  • The Minnesota Legislature returns from spring recess.
  • In the morning, Sen. Al Franken will be in Mankato to discuss his efforts to improve health care in rural communities, and later will visit an innovative local business to highlight the importance of energy efficiency. 
  • 10:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton holds a press conference to release his 2015 Jobs Bill.
  • 11 a.m. – State Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, chief author of College Tuition Relief Bill, holds news conference. State Office Building, Room 181, St. Paul. 
  • Noon – The Minnesota House meets in session.
  • Noon – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 2 p.m. – Congressman Rick Nolan will hold a hearing in Duluth to discuss the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the effects it would have on jobs and the economy.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Sen. Franken will visit Step One Foods in St. Louis Park to meet with company officials and local firefighters about their unique partnership designed to improve cardiac health among firefighters. 
  • 5:45 p.m. – The Senate Transportation Committee will hold an educational seminar at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center.

Event Thursday

  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will give the State of the State in the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Chamber.
  • 7 p.m. – Conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Register here. 

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2015 session

At the Capitol: 24 key issues and where they stand right now, Pioneer Press

Dayton to detail bonding bill Tuesday, Pioneer Press

Minnesota legislators have plenty of work ahead as recess ends, Star Tribune

Minn. lawmakers face long list of unresolved issues, KARE 

2016 election

Craig kicks off campaign to challenge Kline, MPR

Angie Craig announces run for Congress in Minnesota 2nd District, Northfield News

Angie Craig is officially running against Kline, MinnPost

Report: Jeb Bush self-identified as Hispanic on voter application in ’09, MPR

Would-be candidates make most of fundraising rule, Star Tribune

Rand Paul’s decisive moment was 4 years coming, Politico

Rand Paul announces presidential run, Washington Post

Paul to argue electability with 2016 launch, The Hill

Clock starts ticking for Hillary Clinton announcement, USA Today

How is Scott Walker like Reagan? He’ll tell you, The New York Times

State Sen. Branden Petersen updated his profile picture to the “I Stand with Rand” campaign logo, representing support of Sen. Rand Paul for President.  Petersen is viewed by Tea Party activists in Minnesota is a rising star. Morning Take


Bird flu hits two more Minnesota turkey farms, Star Tribune

Minn. farmers split on Dayton’s buffer strip proposal, KSTP


Dayton to unveil $850-million bonding bill Tuesday, Star Tribune

Dayton faces obstacles in push for construction finance plan, WCCO

Gov. Dayton frames $850 million proposal a ‘jobs bill,’ Fox 9

Capitol renovation

The other debate at the state Capitol: What to do with the building’s most controversial art? MinnPost


Andersen Corp. to add jobs, expand facilities in Minnesota, Pioneer Press

Andersen Windows commemorates big job-creating Minnesota expansion, Fox 9

Minnesota border cities want a better balance with the Dakotas, Prairie Business

The changing face of the heartland, The Brookings Institute

Education (K-12)

U.S. Dept. of Education keeps watch on St. Cloud schools, MPR


Minnesota’s St. Louis River named to 10 ‘most endangered’ list, Star Tribune

St. Louis River named one of 10 most endangered in nation over proposed mining in its headwaters, MinnPost

Equal Rights Amendment

April 2 letter to the editor printed in the Star Tribune where Reps. Pugh & Dettmer say the ERA violates the rights of the unborn:



Americans too disengaged to have a decent democracy?, MPR


Today in history


Met Council

4 suburban counties hire federal help to upend Met Council, Star Tribune

North Dakota

North Dakota governor issues memo banning bias against gays; Democrats want stronger action, Star Tribune

State of the State

The state of the state is. . . ., Pioneer Press

Walker’s Wisconsin

Report: Wisconsin worst in nation on shrinking middle class, The Cap Times

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DNC Response to GOP 2016ers on Right to Discriminate Bill

image001“Despite opposition from the business community nationwide and the majority of Americans who believe a business should not be able to refuse services to individuals because they are gay or lesbian, this week both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio doubled down in support of this damaging law that seeks to undo the progress we have made for LGBT equality – and Scott Walker even suggested he was open to passing a similar law in Wisconsin.

This just confirms what we already know about these three Republican presidential hopefuls, and is the most recent reminder that Republicans are focused on one thing – pursuing an out of touch agenda at the expense of everything and everyone else.

And it’s not just Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker zeroing in on an extreme agenda. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have also voiced support for similar policies that could give businesses the right to refuse services to LGBT people.

While Democrats are working to move the country forward and create an inclusive society, Republicans like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are stuck in the past and want to move the country backwards.“ – Holly Shulman, DNC national press secretary

Jeb Bush on Hugh Hewitt this week: “Governor Pence has done the right thing.” Listen here.

Marco Rubio on Fox News: “Should someone who provides a professional service be punished by the law because they refuse to provide that professional service to a ceremony that they believe is in violation of their faith?” Watch here.

WisPolitics: “Gov. Scott Walker today was noncommittal on whether he believes Wisconsin should adopt something similar to Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law, saying it’s not something that’s been debated at any length here ‘but we’ll see in the future.’” Read more here.

Legislators return to the Capitol tomorrow to work toward May 18 adjournment

Mn-capitolLeaders of the Minnesota House of Representatives DFL Caucus spent spring recess traveling the state and talking with people about their plans to create more opportunities for Minnesotans. This is in stark contrast to Republicans’ plans to put corporate special interests first and leaves everyone else behind

As legislators return from recess, they kick off the last six weeks of the session. In that time they must agree on all areas of the state budget to send to Gov. Dayton for his signature into law. For the nuts and bolts of the state budget, go to “A 3 Minute Guide to the Minnesota State Budget,” on the Minnesota Management & Budget website. 

Major differences with DFL and Republican budget plans include:

  • The Republican plan would cut taxes by $2 billion. They have not specified who would get the tax giveaways, but their top priority bill for this session includes hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate and business tax giveaways.
  • Despite a $1.9 billion surplus, the Republican budget calls for less than a 1 percent increase in education, over $750 million less than Gov. Dayton has proposed.
    • The Republican plan gives away $15 in tax cuts for every $1 they invest in Minnesota’s school kids.
  • The Republican plan shortchanges college students. It would ensure a return of tuition increases and escalating student debt.
  • Greater Minnesota fairs especially poorly. The GOP budget makes a big cut in jobs and economic development. This likely means no investment in broadband infrastructure or other proven job-creation initiatives.
  • And with a $2 billion surplus, the Republican plan would cut more than $1 billion from health care services for Minnesota workers, seniors and our most vulnerable.

These are significant differences. Republican plans to give tax giveaways to corporations and businesses, ignore the call for a major invest in early childhood education and slashing health care services for the elderly and disabled will not create economic growth or build an even Better Minnesota.