Posted at 6:26 AM on April 16, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The candidates (and their parties) for Senate raised $12 million
in the first quarter of the year. since Nov. 4th. They raised $6 million since the start of the year.
Politico says the candidates are running low on cash.
The Pi Press catches up with Coleman. He said he'll likely file his appeal with the Minnesota Supreme Court early next week.
A new poll says Minnesotans want Coleman to concede. Update: The poll was done by a Democratic leaning firm.
Fox9 looks at the impact of the state having only one senator.
Under the Dome
Minnesota also seeks stimulus money for high-speed rail.
Democrats in the Senate propose a public-safety funding bill that cuts mandatory minimums for some offenses and reduces prison time.
New Elko's decision to cut its police force has left some citizens wondering.
Gov. Pawlenty talks national politics with The New York Times.
The mother of a missing St. Thomas student tells the Legislature that a law needs to be changed on when law enforcement can search for a missing person.
The Senate blocked an attempt to pass a one-year moratorium on home foreclosures.
The House K12 bill advances.
The House Higher Ed bill would cut funding for biosciences buildings.
The House Tax Committee considers a $1 a pack increase to the state's tobacco tax.
The Tax Committees are also looking at plans that could stimulate green jobs.
An income tax surcharge bill is also proposed.
Federal stimulus money will fund an arsenic cleanup.
The state's HIV rate increases slightly.
The Obamas raked in $2.7 million in 2008.
President Obama heads to Mexico today.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of several senators who call for the abandonment of Burma's election plans.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz returns to Mankato West High School where he previously taught social studies.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann leads the money chase among the delegation.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson visits Oslo, MN.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar wants the Secretary of Transportation to review whether Virgin America Airline should keep its status as a U.S. owned carrier.
Posted at 10:25 AM on April 16, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Here's the release. You can dig deeper into the numbers here.
State Unemployment Rate 8.2 Percent in March
~Employers eliminate 23,200 jobs statewide~
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota unemployment rate edged up to a seasonally adjusted 8.2 percent in March, remaining below the U.S. rate of 8.5 percent, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
State employers eliminated 23,200 jobs in March, compared with the loss of 663,000 jobs nationwide during the month. Over the past year, job counts in both Minnesota and the nation have decreased 3.6 percent.
"This is a broad-based recession that is affecting nearly every state and every sector of the economy," said DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy. "But we are seeing signs that the economy might be improving nationally, including increasing orders for manufactured goods in February, a slight uptick in consumer confidence in March and stronger sales for existing homes."
In March, Minnesota added 200 jobs in the category comprising other services, which includes industries like repair and maintenance, religious and grant-making organizations, and barbershops and beauty salons.
March job losses were posted in manufacturing (down 6,700), professional and business services (down 6,200), construction (down 3,700), leisure and hospitality (down 2,000), trade, transportation and utilities (down 1,900), financial activities (down 1,000), information (down 700), education and health services (down 700), government (down 300), and logging and mining (down 200).
Over the past 12 months, education and health services gained 16,200 jobs in the state, while government added 2,100 positions.
Year-over-year job losses have occurred in professional and business services (down 32,500), manufacturing (down 30,200), construction (down 20,600), trade, transportation and utilities (down 17,700), leisure and hospitality (down 11,400), other services (down 1,300), information (down 1,300), financial activities (down 1,100), and logging and mining (down 300).
In the state's Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job losses occurred in the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (down 3.6 percent), Duluth-Superior MSA (down 2.7 percent), Rochester MSA (down 0.6 percent) and St. Cloud MSA (down 1.9 percent). Data for the Fargo-Moorhead MSA and the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA will be available when the information is released in North Dakota .
Posted at 11:27 AM on April 16, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
A Minnesota House panel has approved a bill that would allow police to stop vehicles solely for seat belt violations.
The measure would make failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense, and would apply to anyone in a vehicle. Members of the Public Safety Finance Division advanced the bill today on a voice vote. Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, says the legislation will save lives, prevent injuries and save money.
"It will reduce costs to the state through Medicaid, Medicare and hospital charges," Norton said. "We serve to gain $3.4 million in federal funds if and only if we pass it by July 30, 2009. That money disappears after this year. So, that's a one- time federal input of funds we can take advantage of."
Norton says discussions continue with law enforcement agencies to make sure a primary seat belt law would not result in racial profiling. The bill's next stop is the House Finance Committee.