Posted at 11:08 AM on December 7, 2006
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Transportation leads the digest today. It appears metro transit is short on cash which means the further elimination of bus routes or fare increases if state lawmakers don't spend more general fund money on it. MPR and the Star Tribune have stories.
It seems like state lawmakers and Governor Pawlenty are going to have to figure out how to handle transportation projects this year. Relying on the MVST ballot question doesn't seem like it will do it.
The Monticello Times says commuter rail could be ready by 2009.
Governor Pawlenty calls the guard deaths a sad moment.
He also declares today Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
The Minnesota Daily writes about the bond sale for the new U of M football stadium.
Some freshman DFLers say they're ready to get to work.
The Rochester Post Bulletin says Larry Pogemiller is preparing for his new role as Senate Majority Leader.
The Star Tribune writes that birth control could get more expensive.
Attorney General-elect Lori Swanson says she'll target predatory lenders.
The Iraq Study Report is all the rage in Washington.
AP has a story with reaction from Minnesota's Congressional delegation.
The Star Tribune says GOP Congressman John Kline met with Bush before the report was released.
Kline also says he'll fight efforts to reinstate the military draft in this editorial.
Norm Coleman is named a deputy minority whip.
Collin Peterson pushes switch grass.
This columnist says the asian carp could destroy the fishing industry but thinks Oberstar understands the problem since his district borders Lake Superior
The Hill interviews Tim Walz
The Wall Street Journal says lobbyists are cozying up to Democrats.
The Washington Post says Vin Weber gets a promotion and says they need to find more Democratic lobbyists. He also adds this little tidbit:
As a good Republican, Weber said that he regrets his party's losses in the midterm elections but adds: "I just think change is good for our business. When there's big change in Washington, all sorts of people need help from people with experience in Washington."
St. Paul to sign a services contract with the RNC in January. The Pi Press has the story.
IRV in St. Paul?
The Star Tribune says suburban communities threw subsidies out there to attract businesses.
The Duluth News Tribune also has a story saying the suburban poor now outnumber urban poor.
Finally, the Wall Street Journal wrties on how the United Health board decided to oust McGuire.
Sen. Mark Dayton gave his last speech in the Senate today. You'll have to decide if that's a good or bad thing. He blamed President Bush and Republicans in Congress for failing to lead and says the country has changed drastically, and mostly for the worse, since he took office six years ago. Here's part of what he had to say:
Thus, I leave the Senate with strong feelings of frustration and disappointment. I have been unable to pass most of what I believed was most important to Minnesota, to our country, and to the world. I remain convinced that those policies would improve the lives of most Americans far better than what the Majority here enacted.
A cornerstone of democracy, which I honor, is that the majority prevails. Winning, however, does not make them right; and, unfortunately, it does not make them wise. In those decisions with which I have disagreed, time will tell us and the American people, who was right and who was wise.
Posted at 12:24 PM on December 7, 2006
by Tom Scheck
Minnesota Finance Commissioner Peggy Ingison is leaving her position to become the Chief Financial Officer of Minneapolis Public Schools. She's the first commissioner in Pawlenty's Administration to leave since the November election. Will there be more? If so, who else?
Here's the release:
Peggy Ingison Named Minneapolis Public Schools’ Chief Financial Officer MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 7, 2006 – Peggy Ingison, commissioner of finance for the state of Minnesota, has been named chief financial officer for Minneapolis Public Schools. She is expected to officially assume her post the first of the year.
As chief financial officer, Ingison will be responsible for overseeing the district’s daily finances as well as managing the annual budget.
“We are fortunate to have Peggy joining the district at a time when we are faced with budget shortfalls and continuous restraints. Her experience and knowledge of finance, particularly at the state level, will greatly benefit the children of Minneapolis. I am confident that she will lead us to where we need to be financially as a district,” said Interim Superintendent Bill Green.
Ingison has been a key member of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s leadership team for more than three years, with immediate responsibility for ensuring the integrity and sound use of the state’s fiscal resources. She has also served on numerous committees dealing with budget, accountability reporting, and long-term strategic planning.
“I am excited about my new position. I believe that there isn’t any work more important than educating the children of Minneapolis. I am honored to work with Dr. Green and a team of professionals committed to enhancing the educational experience for students,” said Inginson.
Ingison has more than 30 years of experience in state government, serving as state budget director from 1996 to 2004 where she oversaw all aspects of the state budget, including development and preparation of the governor's budget recommendations to the legislature. Prior to that, she was a fiscal analyst with the Senate Finance Committee from 1982 to 1996, including six years as chief fiscal analyst. She began her career in state government in the Department of Transportation from 1976 to 1982, serving as an auditor and later financial manager of the transit office.
Ingison currently lives in New Brighton and is a 1974 graduate of Bemidji State University.
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Posted at 1:02 PM on December 7, 2006
by Tom Scheck
Well, Peggy Ingison was the first of several commissioners to leave. There are several more.
Here's the rundown: Ingison leaving as Finance Commissioner. Gene Merriam is leaving as DNR Commissioner. Ward Einess is leaving as interim commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development and will replace Dan Salomone as Revenue Commissioner (Salomone will serve as deputy commissioner). Tom Hanson, Pawlenty's deputy chief of staff, will replace Ingison. The DNR position is open. Here's the entire release:
COMMISSIONERS MERRIAM, Ingison ANNOUNCE PLANS TO LEAVE PAWLENTY ADMINISTRATION, OTHERS newly APPOINTED
~Ward Einess, Tom Hanson new commissioners; Laura Bordelon and Bob Schroeder fill Governor’s office posts ~
St. Paul – Governor Tim Pawlenty today announced that two members of his cabinet will be leaving the Pawlenty Administration and thanked them for their dedicated service. The Governor also named one of the commissioners’ replacements and announced the filling of two important posts in the Governor’s office. Governor Pawlenty also named a new commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue, as well as the new state meth coordinator.
Finance Commissioner Peggy Ingison and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Gene Merriam notified the Governor that they will be stepping down from their positions. Commissioner Ingison announced she is leaving to become Chief Financial Officer for the Minneapolis Public School district.
“Commissioner Ingison and Commissioner Merriam have been tireless public servants whose leadership has greatly benefited our state,” Governor Pawlenty said. “We thank them for their great work and wish them well as they move forward.”
Ingison has served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Finance since February 2004. Prior to her appointment as commissioner she served as state budget director for the Department of Finance. Ingison began her state government career in 1976, as an auditor for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Merriam was appointed commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in January 2003. He served 22 years in the State Senate (1974-1996) where he was a member of the Senate Natural Resources Committee during his entire Senate career, including six years as Chairman. He served on the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources for 16 years (1980-1996), and was Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee for ten years. He was Chief Financial Officer with ECM Publishers, Inc. prior to accepting appointment as DNR Commissioner.
“Minnesota’s natural resources are state treasures. Preserving and improving them require a long-term strategy and Gene Merriam has been instrumental in leading and advancing our natural resource strategy. We are grateful for his service,” Governor Pawlenty said.
Governor Pawlenty has chosen Ward Einess, who has been serving as acting commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), to become commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue (MDR). Current MDR commissioner Dan Salomone will remain at MDR to serve as deputy commissioner. Prior to accepting his current acting commissioner role, Einess served as deputy commissioner of DEED and as a senior policy advisory to Governor Pawlenty. Before joining the Pawlenty administration, Einess was director of fiscal policy for the Minnesota Business Partnership and a researcher and legislative analyst for the Minnesota legislature.
After serving as Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs in Governor Pawlenty’s office for the past four years and Deputy Chief of Staff for the last two, Tom Hanson has been chosen by Governor Pawlenty to replace Peggy Ingison as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Finance. Hanson has over 17 years of experience in state and federal government to the Department of Finance. He received his B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead and his Jurist Doctorate from George Mason University.
After serving since 2004 as senior policy advisory in the Governor’s office, Laura Bordelon has been chosen as the new Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs for Governor Pawlenty. Prior to working in the Governor’s office, Bordelon worked as a policy advisor for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Her years of service prior to that include public policy and public finance positions for the State of California and City of San Francisco.
Chuck Noerenberg, currently a senior policy advisory in the Governor’s office, has been appointed to fill Governor Pawlenty’s newly created position of state meth coordinator. Noerenberg will be responsible for coordinating the Pawlenty Administration’s efforts to address the meth epidemic in Minnesota, including overseeing the state’s meth offender registry, developing greater public awareness through meth education programs, and strengthening the state’s enforcement mechanisms.
Bob Schroeder will be returning to his previous role as Deputy Chief of Staff in Governor Pawlenty’s office.