Posted at 7:03 AM on March 16, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
A Legislative committee meets tonight to provide a blueprint on how it plans to spend money created from the Arts and Outdoors Amendment.
The Minnesota Senate will vote on a $367 bonding bill today.
Democrats in the Minnesota House will release their budget plan next week.
Gov. Pawlenty said on Friday that he didn't think Democrats would support the level of LGA cuts that he's proposing.
Hennepin County officials warn that they won't be able to prosecute traffic and parking tickets if Pawlenty's proposed cuts to the courts go through.
The Legislature will scrutinize integration aid for schools.
Mike Hatch alert! The Star Tribune says Hatch is answering Attorney General Lori Swanson's mail.
Minnesota is above average for putting government records online.
A Star Tribune analysis says metro area property taxes won't fall as fast as home prices.
Pawlenty's proposed "payment in lieu of taxes" plan will leave Beltrami County's coffers $320k short.
A prisoner wants to be transferred to a jail in his native Russia. It would save the state money but the DOC Commissioner says Niet.
Rich Neumeister, a privacy advocate, wins a freedom of information award.
The Pi Press profiles someone who uses marijuana to treat the pain caused by chronic illnesses.
A bill could help adoptees learn their medical history.
Vice-President Joe Biden will visit Minnesota this week.
Ben Bernanke says the recession could end in 2009.
Lawmakers are blasting AIG executives for giving bonuses.
The Obama Administration is looking at taxing health benefits for the wealthy.
President Obama also plans to overhaul food safety.
He also increases support small business aid.
Gov. Pawlenty writes a letter to Obama praising him for his education outline.
Officials in Rochester say the city's status has earned a high-speed rail stop.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she's ready to end her tenure as the state's only senator.
New ballast rules could take a toll on shipping.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is donating funds to help a Republican win a seat in New York.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson continues to bash Obama's Farm Bill.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison lines up to support the Obama budget.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on Fox News over the weekend.
2008 Race for the U.S. Senate
Several agencies are investigating Norm Coleman's credit card leak.
The recount trial is in the hands of the judges.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says he won't run for governor.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman drops his effort to keep city budget data secret.
DFL Rep. Paul Thissen names his campaign manager.
Posted at 3:00 PM on March 16, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed requirement that public schools work together to purchase goods and services has suffered a major setback in the Legislature.
The "shared services" measure failed a preliminary vote today in the Minnesota Senate by a two-vote margin. The Republican governor unveiled the pooled-purchasing plan back in January as a bipartisan effort to help public schools save money. But Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, the bill's chief sponsor, says school leaders objected to the state creating another mandate. Bonoff says she hasn't given up on the bill, but she says she needs more help from the governor.
"I think he's got more work to do," Bonoff said. "You know because really with only three Republicans voting for an initiative that the governor said was important to him was a surprise."
The Senate voted down the bill 33 to 31 under general orders. Bonoff says she'll ask for reconsideration of the bill if she can gain enough support.
Posted at 5:18 PM on March 16, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to release revisions to his budget proposal Tuesday. Pawlenty will be joined by Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson at an afternoon news conference at the Capitol. Changes in the proposal were needed to reflect the latest state economic forecast and the state's share of the federal economic stimulus. The Republican governor released his original budget plan in January.