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Daily Brief: Tuesday, Feb. 10th, 2015

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Minnesota DFL
Feb. 10, 2015
Events today

  • 7:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will attend a meeting of the Minnesota Senate DFL Rural Caucus.
  • 10 a.m. – Jessica Webster, of Minnesota Legal Aid and TANF Taskforce member, will hold a news conference to reveal “major problems” facing Minnesota’s Welfare-to-Work program. The legislatively created TANF Taskforce’s Report on TANF Expenditures is expected to be released early this week.
  • 10:45 a.m. – Republican legislators will hold a news conference highlighting “Saluting Service” bills provide opportunities for Minnesota’s military retirees. Sen. Paul Gazelka, Sen. Carla Nelson, Rep. Mary Kiffmyer, Sen. David Hann, Rep. Eric Lucero, and Rep. bob Dettmer.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson will visit Super School-Age Care in Rochester Tuesday to highlight budget proposals from Gov. Dayton that would increase access to quality child care.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Faculty from University of Minnesota who are leaders in the organizing drive to form their union, along with students from the University, will visit the State Capitol to continue their call for more transparency in faculty governance at the U of M. After meeting with legislators, the group will attend the joint Higher Education committee hearing. Faculty and student leaders will be available for comment shortly before the 2:45 hearing.
  • 5 p.m. – IRRRB holds reorganizational meeting. Room 300 South, State Office Building, St. Paul.
  • 6:30 p.m. – DNR public meeting on deer population goal-setting. Hinckley High School, 201 Main St., Hinckley.

2015 session
How the metro vs. Greater Minnesota debate is playing out in the Legislature, MinnPost
2016 election
Scott Walker’s surge — in two charts, Washington Post
Scott Walker’s anti-environment agenda is taking another long leap forward, MinnPost

As corn prices fall, Minnesota farms worry about the future, MPR
Congressional delegation
McCollum to skip Netanyahu speech to Congress, MPR
Dayton cabinet
Dayton to legislative leaders: cabinet salary hikes legal, justified, Star Tribune
Minnesota Republicans attempt to block Dayton cabinet pay raises, Star Tribune
Republicans add amendment on pay raise to spending bill, Star Tribune
House GOP takes aim at Dayton over pay hikes, MPR
Dayton: Salary hikes for cabinet are ‘important’, MPR
In letter, Dayton defends raises for commissioners, MinnPost
Commissioner pay raise dispute escalates between GOP, Gov. Dayton, KSTP
Education (early)
Starting Line: With all-day K in place, is all-day preschool next? Session Daily

Education (higher)
13 protesters arrested after taking over U president’s office, Star Tribune
Protesters arrested after occupying U of M president’s office, KARE
Education (K-12)
Where Republicans and Democrats agree the government needs to spend more, MinnPost
Bills would give Minnesota lawmakers veto power on water regulations, Duluth News Tribune
Family security
Proposed Minnesota law would help parents save for disabled children’s future, Bemidji Pioneer

Lawmakers pushes to legalize sports betting in Minnesota, KSTP
Ortman discloses payment to rival candidate in new campaign reports, Star Tribune
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to speak at Freedom Club’s annual dinner, MinnPost
Marriage equality
Insider’s view: Justice Thomas suggests Supreme Court’s embrace of gay marriage is done deal, Star Tribune
Alabama chief justice objects to ‘unlawful federal authority’ as gay marriage comes to state, Star Tribune
Justice Thomas’s dissent hints of Supreme Court’s intentions on same-sex marriage, New York Times

Minnesota Lottery
State lottery a source of tension this week at the Capitol, MPR

Sex offender program
Wisconsin’s handling of sex offenders lauded during first day of MSOP trial, Fox 9
Dayton presses railroads to pay more taxes, MPR

Walker, Scott
Scott Walker’s anti-environment agenda is taking another long leap forward, MinnPost

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