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Minnesota’s economy is back on track

Mark_Daytonfrom Brian Voerding, Editor at the Winona Daily News, published 12/8/13:


That a one, followed by nine zeros.

Notice what color it is.


You get a check like that for a Christmas bonus, you’d have one reaction:


Minnesota political leaders, by comparison, were a little more subdued when they learned this week that the state is running a $1 billion surplus. That’s because there are quite a few demands on that money.

Still, a surplus is a good problem to have. And it’s just the latest piece of evidence that our state is climbing back fast from the great recession, thanks in no small part to Gov. Mark Dayton, his cabinet leaders, and members of the Legislature who have aggressively funded pressing needs while refusing to break the piggy bank. Rep. Gene Pelowski’s work to challenge and rein in higher-education costs, particularly in administration, is a perfect example.

We’re sure public school superintendents in the Winona area and across the state wiped their brows when they heard the news. By law, the first $240 million or so of that surplus will be used to erase one of the most embarrassing smoke-and-mirrors budget tricks in recent memory:  The school funding shift.

Look, we get the counter-argument that the shift was better than getting no money at all, but the plan left school leaders in limbo and forced many districts to take out loans. Would you be happy if your boss promised you a paycheck but held it for two months, or six, or whenever it turned out the company had money again, and in the meantime you had to pay your bills with a credit card?

We’re sure the state’s workers were encouraged by the news, too.

Minnesota has added 13,400 jobs since August and more than 122,000 since 2011, according to state figures. By comparison, we guess that “Open for Business” billboard in North Dakota didn’t quite do the trick (other than the oil boom, but we know how quickly booms can go bust). And on the other side of the Mississippi, Wisconsin added only half to 7o percent of Minnesota totals, depending on whose statistics you believe.

The best part is looking at what kind of jobs they are — and many of them high-skill and high-tech.

Take the decision, for instance, by innovative scrapbook and online photo company Shutterfly to build a new facility in the Twin Cities suburbs that will create as many as 1,000 jobs. But you don’t have to leave Winona to find good news of business growth — the $12 million Cytec expansion being just the latest expansion. Not to mention Fastenal’s recent warehouse expansions, and Miller Ingenuity expanding its operations.

More and more, companies — especially those built to serve a modern economy and poised for big growth — are choosing to locate not in places that only promise low taxes, but in those that ensure a balanced regulatory system while providing exceptional resources and opportunities for education, environment, arts and culture.

As the governor aptly put it in an interview Thursday with our editorial board, Minnesota “is not a low-tax state, but a high-value state.”

This is the second time in a row the state has reported a surplus. The news was more muted earlier this fall, because all $636 million went straight to repaying schools.

Now that the schools are paid up and there’s money left over, the state can breathe for the first time in a long time.

There’s plenty of work to do and still not enough money to go around. Roads and bridges are crumbling. College tuition is skyrocketing. We’re not sure we even want to look at the bill for the latest health and human services costs.

But hey — there are 1 billion reasons to be optimistic.

That’s thanks to our state’s leaders, who have put Minnesota back on track for sustainable success.

Here’s a link to the original article.


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Daily Brief: October 17, 2013

In the Know
Minnesota DFL

Oct. 17, 2013

Events today

  • 7:30 a.m. – Annual Education Minnesota Professional Conference opens at St. Paul RiverCentre. Conference runs until 3:30 p.m. Thursday and continues Friday, Oct. 18.
  • 8:30 a.m. – The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources will meet.
  • 11 a.m. – Sen. Amy Klobuchar will speak at the Minnesota Summit on Natural Gas in Trucking at the Earle Brown Heritage Center.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Four pieces of the I-35W bridge arrive at Minnesota Historical Society.
  • 1 p.m. – DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben, State Rep. Tim Mahoney and St. Paul Port Authority President Louis Jambois will gather to celebrate the $483,840 grant that DEED awarded the St. Paul Port Authority for demolition, public infrastructure and geotechnical work associated with the last remaining piece of the Beacon Bluff Business Center project on St. Paul’s East Side.
  • 2 p.m. – University of St. Thomas inaugurates Julie Sullivan as its 15th, and first female, president.
  • 6:30 p.m. – NFL free agent linebacker Brian Banks, who spent five years in prison on a rape conviction that was overturned last year, keynotes Benefit for Innocence, an annual gala for the Minnesota Innocence Project.
  • 7 p.m. – Minnesota Majority holds an “Election Integrity” event featuring its president, Dan McGrath, and Kent Kaiser, formerly of the secretary of state’s office,  at O’Gara’s in St. Paul.
  • The Senate Capital Investment committee on the bonding tour will visit Jackson and Marshall today and Willmar, New London and Shakopee on Friday.
  • Gov. Dayton will convene a meeting of the Diversity and Inclusion Council.

2013 election

North Minneapolis mayoral forum disappoints community members, TC Daily Planet

Big Minneapolis mayoral question: Will Rybak endorse? MinnPost

Democrat Cory Booker wins special US Senate election in NJ over Republican Steve Lonegan, Star Tribune

Q & A with Don Samuels, Star Tribune

2014 election

Fundraising round-up: Franken has $4 million in the bank, Mills out-raises Nolan, MinnPost


DFLer Read enters 6th District race, St. Cloud

Emmer’s fundraising doesn’t mean the race is over, Star Tribune

Interest-ing? Krinkie & Sivarajah Both Earning Interest on Personal Loans They Made to Their Own Campaigns, politics mn

Senjem speculates with Rochester Post-Bulletin: “Washington is vetting me,” politics mn

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting Stewart Mills III, who’s challenging U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in Minnesota’s Eighth District, with automated phone calls this week. The calls are going out to residents in 16 competitive House districts in eight states. The automated calls accuse the district’s Republican officeholder or candidate of supporting the 16-day partial government shutdown that ended overnight. At the end of the call, the recipient is given the option to be transferred to the GOP candidate’s campaign to tell their office that “the shutdown is hurting our families” and the candidate “shouldn’t be part of the problem.” In new campaign finance reports, Mills outpaced Nolan in fundraising. Star Tribune

U.S. Senate

GOP Senate hopefuls agree change needs to come to Washington during shutdown, ECM


Farnsworth awaits response from Gov. Dayton to debate challenge, ECM

The Buzz: Johnson’s campaign polling MN GOP State Central Committee, politics mn


Farm bill conferees huddle, Politico


State hospital sells its building request to visiting senators, Mankato Free Press

Congressional delegation


Bachmann unloads campaign money tied to fraud case, Grand Forks Herald

Bachmann says this is a ‘very sad day,’ while others cheer budget deal, MinnPost

Most of Minnesota congressional delegation votes for budget deal, MPR

Rep. Michele Bachmann the only Minnesota Member of Congress to vote against the compromise to end the shutdown. Morning Take


Cong. John Kline – the enabler, mnpACT!

Kline, Paulsen

Minnesota Republicans saw little choice on fiscal compromise, Star Tribune


Senate women trust each other, parties aside, MSNBC

Klobuchar plays key role in crafting deal to end shutdown, Rochester Post Bulletin

8 questions on budget deal with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Fox 9


Nolan: No shutdown for fallen heroes’ families, Aitkin Independent Age

Debt limit

Winners and losers of the debit-limit fight, The Hill

Deer opener

11th annual Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener comes to Fergus Falls, ECM 

Education (K-12)

Minnesota must control the cost of special education, Star Tribune

How I went from defending the teachers union to pushing for reform, MinnPost

Minn. schools receiving aid catch-up payments, WCCO


GOP comes up empty: What were they thinking? Star Tribune

Shutdown a win for Cruz, but at what cost to GOP? Houston Chronicle

Ryan breaks from Boehner, votes ‘no’, The Hill

Boehner and his majority are in disarray, The Hill

Business voices frustration with GOP, Washington Post

Government shutdown

Local reporting

Will Minnesota’s House Republicans support a budget deal? MinnPost

It’s not just our financial health that’s threatened by shutdown, MinnPost

Bachmann says ‘this is a sad day,’ while others cheer budget deal, MinnPost

National reporting

Obama hails debt deal’s passage as lifting ‘cloud of unease’, The Hill

Shutting down the government over Obamacare is the new Obamacare, National Review

Why the shutdown is a Republican victory, The Daily Beast

Congress approves bill to avoid default, open government, ending 16-day stalemate, Star Tribune

Health and human services

Group homes to push for 5 percent hike next year, Politics in Minnesota


Order blocking Minnesota child care union law stays in effect, Star Tribune


Minn. lawmakers take cozy trips with lobbyists, health care execs, KSTP

Minimum wage

Minimum wage roundtable draws a full house, TC Daily Planet

Why U.S. taxpayers pay $7 billion a year to help fast-food workers, MPR


MNsure reports more than 12,000 accounts created, Star Tribune

MNsure signs up 3,700 so far for health insurance, Pioneer Press

MNsure finalizes recipients for $4 million in grants, Star Tribune


Rochester No. 6, St. Paul No. 66 in national ‘Livability’ survey, MinnPost


Is simple tax reform possible? Minnesota 2020

I’ll take the Minnesota way any day, Star Tribune

Tea Party

Public opinion toward Tea Party hits low point, MPR


Southwest Corridor light-rail delay denounced, Star Tribune


No one should be surprised by Vikings seat licenses, Star Tribune


Secretary of State to Republicans: Happy to talk about online registration, Star Tribune

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Gridlock vs. Progress: A Tale of Two Governments



July 2013 SD48 DFL Newsletter

Words from the Chair

As members of Senate District 48 DFL, our main purpose is to elect Democrats. To turn our district blue over the next months and years, we’ll be working to create awareness events showcasing our candidates. The Eden Prairie 4th of July booth and our upcoming Outreach Picnic on August 31 at Edendale Park are good opportunities for our candidates to reach hundreds of voters at a time.

At the 4th of July Booth, many stopped to tell us “keep fighting for us” and “keep up the good work”. One couple thanked us for showing them they “are not the only Democrats in Eden Prairie” and we told our story to all who stopped how close we are to turning SD48 Democratic like we’ve seen happening in our neighbor, Edina.

We can do more of these events with your help. State Political Contribution Rebate was reinstated this month to help keep our state’s history of grassroots politics alive and well. Each registered voter who supports Democratic candidate should donate the $50 to SD48. They’ll get a receipt and form to submit to the State of Minnesota, and 6 to 8 weeks later they’ll get $50 back. We should also be talking to all Democrats we know and ask them to do the same.

We also need to focus on supporting our candidates by helping them talk to people in our neighborhoods by going door knocking with them and making personal calls for voter validation. This personal touch and caring for all members of our society is what differentiates us from the GOP.

Earlier this year, the DFL-controlled Legislature reinstated the Political Contribution Refund program. This program helps keep Minnesota’s politics grassroots-oriented by allowing a registered voter to contribute $50 each year to a candidate or political party unit (like Senate District 48) and have the State refund that money. You can make a secure, on line contribution to Senate District 48 DFL on our website by clicking the “Donate” button in the far right column. We will send you the necessary receipt and submission form. It just take a few moments to complete the form and put it and the receipt in an envelope.  You’ll receive a check in 6 to 8 weeks.

So, I ask that you contribute what you can, your time or funds. Make no mistake; this is a fight for Democracy that we have to win, both at the national level and in our corner of America.

Sharon Borine
Senate District 48 DFL Chair

Elections this November

Yes, we will be voting in elections this November. Minnetonka is holding elections for its City Council.  Eden Prairie, Hopkins and Minnetonka are holding elections for School Board.

These elections are traditionally non-partisan. However, we do receive a lot of questions from people the closer we get to Election Day (November 5 this year) about candidates running for the open positions.

We’ll do what we can to provide information on candidates who hold positions on government and policy that we believe most closely aligns with those of the DFL Party.

Patty Acomb, Minnetonka City Councilmember

Patty_AcombPatty Acomb is running for re-election to the Minnetonka City Council in the At-Large, Seat B position. A long-time resident of Minnetonka, she is a strong believer in community involvement and engagement.

Ms. Acomb understands residents have come to expect a high level of services and quality of life in Minnetonka. In talking with residents, she’s heard first-hand how much people appreciate the green space, parks and trails. She believes the opportunities for residents – such as Minnetonka’s great senior programs, recreational services and Williston Center – are important and sees the Council’s job is to make sure the city continues to provide those services within a fiscally responsible framework. Ms. Acomb likes the fact the city plans road maintenance and improvements as a part of its budget so property owners aren’t faced with assessments for road repair when it happens adjacent to their property.

Ms. Acomb brings to the council her education and experience in natural resources and protecting the environment. With her degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from the University of Minnesota, she conducted research on songbirds in Puerto Rico and Mississippi. She has worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in its Forestry Division in Northern Minnesota. Among her many projects was working with young adults in the Minnesota Conservation Corps. She currently works as the Environmental Educator at Eisenhower Elementary School and manages the wetland health evaluation through Hennepin County, coordinating the work of 22 volunteers at 10 to 15 sampling events per year.

In addition to her interest in environmental issues, Ms. Acomb is active in other aspects of the Minnetonka community. She is involved in Tonka Cares, represents the City of Minnetonka on the Board of Directors of Resource West and serves as liaison to the Minnetonka School District. More information about her background and campaign can be found at on her website. Ms. Acomb will run in the primary election on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Absentee voting is available now by either calling city hall to request a ballot or visiting city hall to cast your vote in advance. See the Minnetonka city website.

Grace Sheely, Candidate for Minnetonka Mayor

Grace Sheely is running for Mayor of Minnetonka. With significant transitions facing Minnetonka, Ms. Sheely seeks to bring her pragmatic problem solving style to assist the City as it charts its course for the future.

According to Ms. Sheely, the City will be navigating its way through issues involving the three new light rail stations, an aging demographic, and a need for new development strategies: providing opportunities for young families and small businesses. Minnetonka’s future needs to remain relevant to its seniors and welcoming to its young families. Articulating a strong vision for the City requires collaborating with significant resident input, not simply providing City policies.

Ms. Sheely has been a vibrant, visible member of the Minnetonka community, completing daily accounting records for the Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club and volunteering with Girl Scout Troop 12811. Her grant writing skills have brought needed funds to support school activities within the Hopkins School District. She has participated in the Minnetonka Citizens Academy and was a member of the first Hennepin County Citizens Academy in 2011. Improved citizen access to and involvement within city hall is important to her. Not only do residents need to be heard and their ideas/concerns discussed, but the city also benefits from citizens’ participation, volunteering their time and talents to sustain green spaces and community events.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Ms. Sheely has been employed at the Minnesota Department of Labor Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and the Minnesota Department of Health, Health Care Cost Information System. Ms. Sheely and her husband, Rick, live with their son, daughter and Australian Shepherd in the Glen Lake area. Her daughter attends Hopkins High School and her son will begin college this fall. More information about Ms. Sheely’s campaign and vision for Minnetonka may be found on her website.

What’s Happening in the District

Learn the ABCs About the DFL

Come to Our Eat, Meet and Greet Picnic

On Saturday, August 31, from 4:30 to 7:00 PM, Senate District 48 DFL will be hosting our Summer Outreach Picnic at Edenvale Park on Edenvale Blvd. just north of Valley View Road in Eden Prairie. Here’s a map:


Come when you can. We’ll be hosting a barbecue that has:

  • food
  • fun for the children
  • a chance to talk with
    • elected officials
    • candidates
    • party officers.

You’ll have an opportunity to find out what’s happening locally, at the state level and beyond.  And, you’ll find out how your involvement can make a difference to you, your family, your friends, your community, your state and beyond.

You’re Invited!

Join other DFL CD3ers at our annual Summer Picnic!

Enjoy Lunch | Entertainment | Games |

Park Attractions

And meet…

Lori Swanson, Minnesota Attorney General
State Senator Scott Dibble (District 61)
Candidates for Secretary of State

plus DFL elected officials, candidates, party officials — and special guests …

  • Let’s celebrate successes from the 2012-13 Legislative Session
  • Wear your favorite campaign t-shirt (current or vintage)
  • Feel free to bring a lawn chair

Saturday, August 10, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Rosland Park Pavilion
4300 W. 66th Street, Edina
(back parking lot, rain or shine)

map of Rosland Park

Make a day of it! Rosland Park, conveniently located in the southeast corner of Highway 100 and Highway 62, is home to the Edina Aquatic Center (outdoor water park, $10 per person, extra for wave pool), Frisbee golf, fishing lake, walking trail, and a large playground for the kids (or the kid in you!).

Donations accepted rather than a set price for the meal.

Bring friends and family … see old friends and make new ones! We look forward to seeing you!

Rep. Yvonne Selcer’s Town Hall on Transportation

Yvonne_SelcerOn Wednesday, August 14, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Rep. Yvonne Selcer (HD48A) will host a Town Hall Meeting at the Glen Lake Activity Center on transportation. She’ll be joined by Rep. Frank Hornstein, Chair of the House Transportation Finance Committee.

At this meeting, they’ll present and discuss with community members the challenges and opportunities for transportation in our area.

The Glen Lake Activity Center is located at 14350 Excelsior Blvd in Minnetonka.

Minnetonka Primary Election August 13

The City of Minnetonka will be holding a Municipal Primary on August 13 for the Council Member At Large Seat B. Candidates include Patty Acomb, Brian Grogan, Dan Martin and Rick Ranta. Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Click here to download a PDF of polling locations provided by the City of Minnetonka.

The State DFL is Hosting a 2-Day Training Session

campaignInterested in learning more about how politics and campaign work? Here’s your chance to find out more. The 2013 DFL Training Summit will be held September 7 and 8 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

You can find out more here.

Here’s What We’ve Been Doing

July 4th Booth at Round Lake Park a Success

2013 SD48 Booth 2If you weren’t able to join us this year at our booth in Round Lake Park, you missed a great time. The weather cooperated and gave us a perfect day to be outside with our neighbors.

We were visited by many people who enjoyed our cut outs for photos, games, ice water and frozen pops.

Rep. Yvonne Selcer and State Senate Candidate Laurie McKendry joined us in the booth.

The 7th Annual Divots for Democrats Golf Outing a Success

Lori_SwansonOn Saturday, July 13, several foursomes golfed at the Glen Lake Golf Course. After completing their rounds, they gathered with non-golfers at the Eden Prairie Community Center for dinner, a silent auction and program.

We were joined by State Attorney General Lori Swanson, Secretary of State candidates Rachel Larson Bohman, Jeremy Kalin and Deb Hilstrom, State and Senate candidate Laurie McKendry.

McKendry Update

Laurie_McKendryThe July 18 issue of the Eden Prairie News ran State Senate candidate Laurie McKendry’s commentary on why the Southwest Light Rail line is important. a position supported by the Cities of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, as well as the Eden Prairie, TwinWest, Bloomington and Edina Chambers of Commerce. Here’s a link to it.

Earlier this year, she was appointed to the Minnetonka Economic Advisory Commission.

In addition, she has been active in the Eden Prairie AM Rotary, where she’s organized their Above and Beyond Award and the recent sculpture dedication at the Eden Prairie Community Center. She was recently named a Director on the Rotary Board charged with handling its service projects.

So, look for her in our communities.

Door Knocking with Rep. Selcer

Door_KnockRep. Selcer is door knocking throughout her district to let voters know about what happened at this year’s legislative session.

If you’re interested in door knocking with her, you can check out her schedule on our calendar on our website or visit our facebook page and check out our Events tab. Got questions? E-mail us and we’ll check things out and get back to you.


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