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Daily Brief: Wednesday, Feb. 4th, 2015

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Feb. 4, 2015
Events today

  • 9:30 a.m. – Gov. Mark Dayton speaks at Spring Lake Park High School. Performing Arts Center, 1100 81st Ave N.E., Spring Lake Park.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood), Sen. Kevin Dahle (DFL-Northfield), Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin), Sen. Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury), Sen. Alice Johnson (DFL-Blaine), Sen. Melisa Franzen (DFL-Edina), and Sen. Greg Clausen will highlight a package of bills to address needs in Minnesota’s education system. The media availability will be held in a new space 317F Capitol ground floor, West wing.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will host a roundtable discussion about broadband Internet access at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, 224 Washington St., Brainerd.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Sen. Kathy Sheran (DFL-Mankato) will announce advanced health care planning bills. 17F State Capitol.
  • Noon – The Minnesota History Center hosts the 29th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Gov. Mark Dayton will present a proclamation.
  • 1:45 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will host a roundtable discussion about broadband Internet access in Fergus Falls at Gateway Building Systems.
  • 3:45 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will visit Union Pizza and Brewing Company in Fergus Falls, 114 S. Union Ave., Fergus Falls.
  • 4:15 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will visit 116 Café, 116 S. Union Ave., Fergus Falls.

Affordable Care Act
House votes to repeal health care law for the first time in the new Congress, Star Tribune
Campaign finance reports
DFL outpaces GOP in known independent expenditure spending, Star Tribune
Dayton outspent Johnson, but Johnson spent more at the end, Star Tribune
Final numbers for the 2014 campaign: DFL groups outspend GOP — by a mile, MinnPost
Big money helped Minnesota GOP flip House, Star Tribune
2014 Minnesota campaign cost at least $28 million, MPR
2014 Campaign Finance Dashboard, MinnPost

Child care
Gov. Dayton has plans to help with child care costs, KIMT
Data privacy
Lawmakers split over putting data privacy in the Minnesota Constitution, Star Tribune
Education (higher)
UMD to trim $6 million this year and next, Duluth News Tribune
Good use of hammer on MnSCU, governor, Pioneer Press
Education (K-12)
Minnesota schools with 4-day weeks plead to continue, Grand Forks Herald
State GOP reports $1.5M debt after 2014 election, Pioneer Press
The Legislative Deans: Phyllis Kahn and Lyndon Carlson, MPR
Minimum wage
Why lawmakers are unlikely to overhaul Minnesota’s minimum wage law, MinnPost
Minnesota Benefits
State campaign for paid sick days launched in Duluth, where fewest receive benefit, Duluth News Tribune
Group pushes for paid sick time for all Minnesotans, WDIO
DFL legislators introduce bill guaranteeing paid sick time, MPR
Davids blasts MNsure even as he seeks oversight role, Rochester Post Bulletin
Minnesota Zoo
Minnesota Zoo seeks emergency funding from government, WCCO
Precinct caucuses
Caucuses kick off St. Paul political season, Pioneer Press
Public health
State might give $2M to hospitals that prepped for Ebola, Rochester Post Bulletin
Smith, Tina
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith’s visit to Ikonics in Duluth kicks off state tour, Duluth News Tribune
Don’t lighten elders’ income tax load, Star Tribune
STATE OF THE ART: New electric busses coming to the D-T-A, KDAL
Obama budget funds Southwest LRT — if everything goes right, MinnPost
Cannon Falls council, MnDOT to discuss U.S. 52 access, Rochester Post Bulletin
Rep. Tim Walz measure requiring VA to build up suicide prevention programs heads to Obama’s desk,Star Tribune
Clergy: “The Few” still suppressing voting without help of voter ID, TC Daily Planet
Walker’s Wisconsin
Scott Walker decimates Wisconsin higher education to build a basketball arena, Huffington Post
Gov. Dayton calls new Wisconsin tourism TV ads ‘idiotic’, Star Tribune
Walker’s Wisconsin budget has a national message, New York Times
Dayton on Wisconsin’s ‘Airplane’ ads: They’re idiotic, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

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