Posted at 12:28 AM on January 7, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Mark Dayton
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is scheduled to keynote this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast in Minneapolis. Booker, who is serving in his second term as Newark's mayor, will speak at the Minneapolis Convention Center on January 17th. Dr. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) is also scheduled to speak.
The breakfast typically draws crowds of 2,000 people and makes it one of the largest events honoring MLK Day. Gov. Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and others are expected to attend the event.
Governor Mark Dayton says he wants to continue the tradition of holding a weekly radio show. Dayton told reporters last night that he would like to host a weekly radio program but said the state has to go through an open bidding process before he goes on the air. Dayton said he can't wait to host a program but said it a question of which station and ensuring every station has the right to compete for the show.
"We have to through an open, competitive bidding process. I understood it took until February for get Governor Pawlenty on the air. I wish I could be on the air somewhere tomorrow but we're going through the proper procedures through the Department of Administration."
Former Governor Jesse Ventura started the show in 1999 and it was continued by Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty. WCCO aired both of those programs but gave up full editorial control to do so.
Members of the Legislature criticized both Ventura, Pawlenty and WCCO for airing a program that they characterized an hour of unfiltered airtime. Democrats also said Pawlenty's show turned too partisan.
Posted at 7:07 AM on January 7, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Governor Mark Dayton told the state's largest business last night that the state's budget deficit can't be fixed by cuts alone. He delivered a message as to why taxes need to be raised to a group that is mostly opposed to tax hikes. Dayton's comments came before the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, one of the business organizations that campaigned against him.
You can listen to Dayton's speech and a roundtable with the legislative leaders here.
Dayton will speak about education when he gives an early morning speech education leaders in Falcon Heights.
His inaugural ball is tomorrow. Dayton also said he's headed to Thief River Falls next week.
Dayton also appointed conservationist Tom Landwehr to be his DNR Commissioner.
GOP Sen. Julianne Ortman, who chairs the Senate Taxes Committee, ripped Dayton's appointment to head the Revenue Department.
Attorney General Lori Swanson will hold a news conference with DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar today to discuss a lawsuit targeting illegal "cramming"
Newark Mayor Cory Booker will speak at this year's MLK Breakfast in Minneapolis.
The Pentagon is seeking the largest cut in military funding since before 9/11.
The Congressional Budget Office says repealing the health care law would deepen the deficit.
Republicans, including GOP Rep. John Kline, won't support efforts to amend their legislation that would repeal the federal health care law. Kline says Congress owes it to the American people to hold "an up or down vote on the law."
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann moves quickly to repeal the Wall Street regulatory law passed less than a year ago.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is named to be a national chair to the DCCC.
Ellison voted against a bill that would cut the Congressional Office budget.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Tim Pawlenty's new book focuses on his faith and his blue collar upbringing. It will be released on Tuesday.
Advance copies of the book were embargoed until Tuesday but AP purchased copies of the book in Roseville and Madison, WI so the embargo had to be lifted.
Pawlenty will be on ABC's Nightline tonight. He called Sarah Palin "a force of nature."
Tim Pawlenty told Politics Daily that "It's a free country" when asked about GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's possible run for the White House.
Pawlenty is sixth in the latest New Hampshire poll. Mitt Romney leads the poll.
Bachmann for Prez Watch
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will be on MPR's Morning Edition this morning.
Good-bye Vang Pao.
Bachmann talks 2012 and Congress
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on MPR's Morning Edition this morning to talk about her possible run for the White House in 2012. Bachmann wouldn't say directly if she's running for president. Instead, she said she wants to focus "on the greater agenda" for the nation.
Bachmann also discussed legislation that would repeal the health care law and the Wall St. regulations.
You can listen to the full interview here:
Republican leaders in the Minnesota Senate are proposing a 10 percent cut in legislators' daily expense payments.
Senators can currently claim up to $96 a day in per diem when the Legislaure is in session. The House expense payment is $77 a day. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, says she'll formally propose the reduction Monday to members of the Senate Rules Committee. With the state facing a projected $6.2 billion budget deficit, Koch estimates the per diem cut will save about $100,000 a year.
"We know that there are going to be difficult decisions to be made throughout session, and that this budget solution is not going to be without some pain," Koch said. "We felt it was extremely important, our caucus felt it was very, very important to start with us first."
Assistant Senate Minority Leader Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, said the cuts are political symbolism, not meaningful cost reductions.
House GOP leaders say they're proposing a 25-percent reduction in the lodging allowance their members receive. They say the move could potentially save more than $400,000.
Posted at 4:06 PM on January 7, 2011
by Tom Scheck
U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue will speak to the Economic Club of Minnesota later this month. Donohue is expected to discuss "A Business Plan to Accelerate Recovery, Create Jobs, and Enhance Competitiveness" at the January 18th event. He will also outline where the business community, Congress and President Obama can work together to improve the nation's economy. Donohue has been head of the Chamber of Commerce since 1997.
The Economic Club of Minnesota is a non-partisan organization that aims to improve how Minnesota can better compete in a global economy.
Here are some of the details about Donohue's speech:
What: The Economic Club of Minnesota's January Luncheon
Who: Tom Donohue
President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
When: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Media Availability: 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Where: Radisson Minneapolis
35 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Posted at 7:41 PM on January 7, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Mark Dayton
Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on the Legislative Auditor to review the internal controls at the Minnesota Department of Revenue after charges were filed against an employee who is allegedly responsible for more than 200 fraudulent tax refund payments, totaling approximately $1.9 million.
The U.S. Attorney's office filed charges today against an auditor with the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Pamela Marie Dellis of Lindstrom was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of money laundering. Her sister, Nancy T. Sondrall and her niece Laurie R. Sondrall of Minneapolis, also were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud for their roles in the scheme. The U.S. Attorneys office says the three committed the acts between January of 2005 and September of 2010.
In a news release, Dayton said he wants the Legislative Auditor to review the Revenue Department's internal controls to ensure the problem doesn't happen again.
"I am mindful of the warnings the Legislative Auditor has issued previously that the management of certain state agencies lacks the necessary oversight and controls to prevent the misuse of public money. The people of Minnesota deserve accountability and vigorous oversight of our taxpayer dollars," Dayton said in the release.
Here's Dayton's letter to Legislative Auditor James Nobles: