Gov. Pawlenty holds a meeting today with his cabinet to discuss what his administration is calling an unprecedented cash flow crisis. His spokesman is warning that the state could run out of money if any other groups petition the court to have the funds reinstated.
The strategy appears to serve Pawlenty in two ways. It deflects blame to a judge who could reinstate the cuts. It also puts a bulls-eye on any group that petitions the court for the funds and ends up forcing the state to drain its cash flow account.
One key thing to remember is that Pawlenty, not a judge, signed the spending into law but vetoed the tax bill to pay for it. The spending is the law of the land because of Pawlenty's signature.
Here's a look at Minnesota's budget picture over time.
The Wall Street Journal says Pawlenty's woes may help him at home.
Four metro hospitals agreed to enter the new GAMC program after the Pawlenty Administration reversed course and agreed to limit the number of patients a hospital has to accept. No rural hospital agreed to the plan yet.
A bill to create a health insurance pool for teachers is headed to Pawlenty's desk.
GOP Rep. Steve Drazkowski introduced legislation that would create an immigration law similar to the newly enacted Arizona law.
The House passed the Legacy dedicated funding bill for outdoors projects.
The MN House lifts a ban on new construction of nuclear power plants.
DFL House Leadership also made a move to ensure that a bill that could change how voters are elected keeps moving through committee.
President Obama now supports an audit of the Federal Reserve.
The Interior Secretary says no new offshore drilling permits will be issued for three weeks.
DFL Sen. al Franken says Arizona's law on immigration goes too far.
Ethanol backers urge a tax credit expansion. DFL Reps. Tim Walz and Collin Peterson are mentioned.
Race for Governor
Republican Tom Emmer leads his DFL rivals in a KSTP/Survey USA poll.
The Independence Party is set to endorse a candidate for governor this weekend. MPR says the party s looking to be the party of middle ground.
Democrat Matt Entenza pushes for more green jobs. Watch video of the newser here.
Race for Congress
DFL Rep. Tarryl Clark launches a website called "Michele Bachmann said what?"
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Pawlenty cancels his South Carolina trip because of the state's budget problems.
Frum Forum says Pawlenty is working to get his name out there.
South Dakota Sen. John Thune raises his national profile.
SEIU boycotts Arizona meaning the DNC is unlikely to host the convention in Phoenix.
From MPR's Tom Weber:
The PAC board for Education Minnesota will meet Saturday, at which time it could make an endorsement in this year's race for governor.
The PAC board has the option to make an endorsement, but is not required to.
"This is not a drop dead date for the PAC board," said union president Tom Dooher, during a press conference Friday afternoon. "It's just another meeting for them to review what's happening and how it's all going."
The PAC board has declined to endorse in previous meetings, but one difference this time is that this is the first meeting to occur since the DFL and GOP state nominating conventions. Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher won the DFL endorsement for governor but she's facing a primary battle with former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton and former legislator Matt Entenza. State Rep. Tom Emmer won the GOP endorsement.
The PAC board meeting will also likely occur at the same time lawmakers will be trying to hammer out agreement at the Capitol on an education omnibus bill that has included some proposals in early versions that Ed Minn opposes. Those include language to create alternative pathways to teaching. The union says it's fine with alternative pathways, but not if they lower the standards needed to become a teacher.
Education Minnesota has traditionally endorsed Democrats. So the question is: If they stayed back during Kelliher-Rybak, will they do the same during Kelliher-Dayton-Entenza?
Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, a DFL candidate for governor, has unveiled his plan for job creation.
Dayton outlined his "Minnesota Jobs Plan" today during a State Capitol news conference. The proposal includes a $1 billion bonding bill to invest in energy projects and highway construction.
"The one advantage I have over any of my opponents is that I've actually done economic development before," Dayton said.
Dayton is facing former legislator Matt Entenza and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the Aug. 10 primary. He also answered questions about political polls and nuclear power.
Republicans were quick to criticize Dayton, who also is proposing an income tax increase for wealthy Minnesotans. State GOP deputy chairman Michael Brodkorb said the key to job growth is lower taxes.
"I just think it's inconsistent for him to push a jobs plan, while simultaneously wanting to raise taxes," Brodkorb said.
Funnyman and one time (and future) late night host Conan O'Brien is scheduled to host a Minneapolis fundraiser for DFL Sen. Al Franken. Donors are asked to give as much as $4800 to attend the event. Franken and O'Brien are both Saturday Night Live alumni.