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Daily Brief: Friday, May 9th, 2014

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
May 9, 2014
Events today

  • 9:06 a.m. - ‘Six things I wish I’d known when I started teaching’, MPR’s Daily Circuit
  • 9:45 a.m. - Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon will help teach 4th grade students the skills and joys of fishing. The DNR MnAqua Kids Fishing Activities event will take place at the Grand View Lodge beach area.
  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives is in session.
  • 10:06 a.m. - ‘Six things I wish I’d known when I became a journalist’, MPR’s Daily Circuit
  • Noon – The Minnesota Senate is in session.
  • 3 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will purchase his fishing license at S&W Bait Shop in Brainerd.
  • 4 p.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon will provide remarks at the Nisswa Community Picnic.
  • 7 p.m. - IRRRB commissioner Tony Sertich remembers Rep. Jim Oberstar, Almanac.
  • 7:15 p.m. - Gov. Mark Dayton speaks at Mayo Clinic 150th Gala Signature Event. 7:15 p.m. Mayo Civic Center, Taylor Arena, 30 Civic Center Drive S.E., Rochester.

Events Saturday

  • 12:01 a.m. – Gov. Dayton, fishing guide Ray Gildow, former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, and Tom Brown will fish on Gull Lake.
  • 12:01 a.m. - Lt. Governor Prettner Solon and fishing guide Toby Kvalevog will fish on Gull Lake.
  • 7 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon will attend the morning breakfast at Grand View Lodge.
  • 8 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a formal sendoff ceremony before departing for fishing at the Gull Lake Docks at Grand View Lodge. The Governor will begin fishing at 8:20am. Fishing with the Governor will be fishing guide Ray Gildow, Nisswa native and 2013 Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh, her brother Phillip Yeh, and State Rep. John Ward.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon will attend the Shore Lunch at the Gull Lake Docks.
  • 6 p.m. - Lt. Governor Prettner Solon will provide remarks at a Celebration Dinner.

Events Sunday

  • 10 a.m. – DFL Chairman Ken Martin will appear on “At Issue,” KSTP.

2014 election
Progressive activism seen as key to Democratic turnout in midterm elections, Truthout
The GOP’s foot-shooting addiction, Washington Post

Morning Show with Jeff Johnson – Senator Dave Thompson 5/8/14, KYMN
Seifert to hit airwaves during tonight’s Wild game, Marshall Independent

U.S. Senate
Balls & Strikes: Republicans can’t use the ‘kitchen sink’ strategy against Franken, poltics mn
2014 session
House narrowly approves legislative pay measure, Pioneer Press
House approves liquor bill, but no Sunday sales expansion, Star Tribune
Leaders leaning toward pre-agreement on bonding, Politics in Minnesota
Talks underway to find bonding bill compromise, MPR
Slurping up the surplus slows Minnesota Legislature’s end game, MinnPost

2016 election
Rubio returns to presidential campaign circuit as he weighs a White House bid in 2016, Star Tribune
House votes to start new Benghazi investigation, Washington Post
When in doubt: #Benghazi, Democratic National Committee, YouTube
Ahead of midterms, GOP resurrects Benghazi, MPR
Congressional delegation
Cong. John Kline vs. the working class, mnpACT!
Kline on college sports: unions not the answer, MinnPost

Walz backs subpoena of VA secretary over ‘secret waiting list’, Star Tribune
Council on Black Minnesotans
Council on Black Minnesotans opens office in Rochester, Rochester Post Bulletin
Wages up at Minn. factories, survey says, MPR
State of manufacturing report is best in 5 years, Star Tribune
Minnesota Senate votes to equate e-cigarettes to smoking, Pioneer Press
Senate votes to ban e-cigarette use in public spaces, Star Tribune
Education (K-12)
$45M state grant brings mental health outreach to schoolhouses, Pioneer Press
Teacher of the Year: Let’s have an adult conversation about schools, Star Tribune
Fishing opener
On eve of fishing opener, invasive species battle could make it hard to find live bait, MPR
Gov. Dayton heads to Brainerd for fishing opener, WCCO
Gov. Dayton prepares for fishing opener, KSTP
Conservatives struggle responding to Dayton’s State of the State, Minnesota 2020
Minnesota lottery officials try to salvage online sales, Star Tribune
Medical marijuana
Mom fights for medical marijuana – for Paxton’s sake, Pioneer Press
House version of medical marijuana bill favored by Minnesota Medical Association, Pioneer Press
House to vote on medical marijuana bill with tighter limits than Senate-approved version, Star Tribune
Pivotal House vote arrives on medical marijuana, WCCO

A bill to legalize medical marijuana is up for debate and a vote in the House today. The House version of the bill is quite a bit more limited than its Senate counterpart, which sets up a statewide distribution system for medical marijuana while the House plan allows for only one distribution site under control of the Department of Health. An early test for the House version, which was designed to win over support from skeptical law enforcement groups, will come in an amendment sponsored by GOP Rep. Pat Garofalo that would swap the more restrictive House proposal for the more expansive Senate approach. Star Tribune
Minimum wage
Impact of minimum wage increase, TC Daily Planet

Former Rep. Jim Oberstar remembered as a family man, Pioneer Press
Political colleagues pay tribute to former Congressman Oberstar, Northland News Center
Rep. Jim Oberstar remembered for his passion for family, transportation, biking and French, Star Tribune
At funeral, Oberstar remembered as ‘quintessential public servant’, MPR
Our View: Fly, drive, ride or ship to see Oberstar, St. Cloud Times
Don’t let progress on tax relief erode, Minnesota 2020
Lawmakers agree on $103M more in tax relief, Pioneer Press
PROPERTY TAXES: House, Senate leaders agree on surplus relief, Fox 9

House and Senate Tax Committee conferees have reached agreement on “Tax Bill 2,” which provides $103 million in additional tax cuts to Minnesota homeowners, renters, farmers and businesses.

  • Farmers: This provision builds off the effort to restore the Homestead Credit by enhancing the market value credit for homesteaded farms. The result is an immediate $17 million in property tax relief to more than 90,000 homesteaded farms. An average family farmer in Minnesota will see $410 in property tax relief – an increase of about $200.
  • Homeowners: A one-time increase for all Homestead Credit Refunds paid in 2014.  Each and every homeowner receiving a refund will see a 3% increase, providing an additional $12.1 million in property tax relief to 500,000 Minnesota homeowners. The average homeowner will see a refund of $837 for 2014.  This comes on top of the $133 million in direct property tax relief passed in 2013 for homeowners and renters.
  • Renters: A one-time increase for all Renters’ Credit Refunds paid in 2014. Each and every renter receiving a refund will see a 6 percent increase, providing an additional $12.5 million in property tax relief to 350,000 Minnesota renters. The average renter will see a refund of $643.This comes on top of the $133 million in direct property tax relief passed in 2013 for homeowners and renters.

If this tax bill becomes law, the Minnesota Legislature will have provided $550 million in tax cuts this session – providing tax cuts for nearly two million Minnesotans. Minnesota House and Senate
Women’s Economic Security Act
Senate sends Dayton women’s workplace rights bill, Pioneer Press

Minnesota Senate

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