The Legislative Advisory Commission will meet this afternoon to discuss Gov. Pawlenty's unallotment plan.
DFLers call Pawlenty stubborn on cuts.
Critics are taking aim at Pawlenty's plan.
Cities are also dealing with the aid cuts.
DFL Sen. Linda Berglin said the governor's move to use Health Care Access Fund money for unallotment exceeds his authority.
WCCO looks at who was spared from the budget cuts.
Gov. Pawlenty also wrote a letter to Wisconsin's governor telling him that he would examine ending the state's tax reciprocity agreement if Wisconsin doesn't speed up its payments to Minnesota.
The state will release its May job numbers today.
The Mayo Clinic announces it will expand at the megamall. They can't say what the facility will focus on or when it will be available to the public. But we're told it will be a "gateway."
Input is being sought for the future of an ammunition plant. DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is mentioned.
Minnesotans examine rising workers' comp costs.
There are more 35W bridge suits on tap.
A jury rules that 3M did not cause a loss in property values.
GOP Rep. John Kline is now the top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee. Politico, Forum Communications, the Pi Press, KSTP and MPR have stories. You can also listen to an interview with Kline here.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz says he's still undecided about the climate change bill. It comes at a time when the White House begins an energy push.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison voted against the war funding.
The Transportation Secretary wants a delay in the highway bill. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar doesn't.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar writes an op-ed on health care.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won't fill out the entire census. Has anyone told her that Minnesota is in a street fight to maintain eight seats in Congress?
She also blogs that she's committed to reducing the deficit.
Kline and GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen are also members of the caucus.
A comic book on Bachmann is also in print.
President Obama's approval has dropped below 60% in Minnesota.
A new poll says the public is increasingly concerned about the deficit.
President Obama signed a memo extending some benefits, such as visitation or dependent-care rights, to the same-sex partners of gay federal employees.
DFL gov candidate Matt Entenza rips Pawlenty's plan on unallotment.
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PIM says the Supreme Court ruling will come down today but relies on unnamed sources. For the record Coleman's campaign manager, who is a party to the lawsuit, said he has not been notified of anything regarding the timing of the ruling.
Posted at 8:31 AM on June 18, 2009
by Tom Scheck
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is reporting that the state's jobless rate increased to 8.2 percent in May. The state lost 1,600 jobs in May. You can find more detail here.
Posted at 10:37 AM on June 18, 2009
by Tom Scheck
GOP state Rep. Paul Kohls officially filed campaign papers today to run for governor in 2010. Kohls, of Victoria, said he will abide by the GOP endorsement but will not adhere to state spending limits. He said he'll focus his campaign on fiscal responsibility and limited government. Kohls also said he'll take a leave of absence from his job at Allianz Life Insurance to campaign full-time.
You can listen to my full interview with him here:
Kohls joins a growing field of candidates who hope to replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is not running for a third term. You can read the list here.
Posted at 10:50 AM on June 18, 2009
by Tom Scheck
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar released his transportation funding package today. You can read about the plan here.
Several reports say Oberstar is pushing for a 57% increase in transportation spending over the previous bill. He's pushing for the passage of a new plan this year but is meeting resistance from the White House. The Transportation Secretary would like to hold off on a new bill for 18 months.
Posted at 3:10 PM on June 18, 2009
by Tom Scheck
As the Legislative Advisory Commission begins a hearing on Gov. Pawlenty's unallotment plan, I thought I'd put up a statement Pawlenty made when he used his unallotment authority in 2003. Here's what he said when asked why he cut ethanol subsidies $21 million:
"I can't stand here as the governor of Minnesota and justify reductions in programs for very needy people while at the same time providing cash subsidies to an industry for the most part is very profitable..."
Pawlenty didn't propose any cuts to ethanol subsidies this year. Here's a list of what he did cut.