Posted at 6:29 AM on January 14, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
AP has an interesting take on Gov. Dayton and the role he could make regarding Gov. Pawlenty's executive orders. Some are arguing Dayton should repeal the more controversial ones, like immigration, to make a stand. Others argue he should just wait for the orders to expire in March.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Dayton will likely send a letter to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today that says Wisconsin should pay its $58 million.
Democrats are criticizing GOP Rep. Jim Abeler, the chair of the HHS Finance Committee, for discussing shutdown scenarios in committee. Abeler said he wanted people to know "what the stakes are." MPR and the Star Tribune have stories.
Here's Dayton's Thursday MSNBC appearance.
MPR profiles the new Education Commissioner, Brenda Cassellius.
Ted Mondale has interviewed for the Metropolitan Sports Facilities position.
A meeting to focus on Capitol Security has been moved to next week.
DFL Rep. Tony Sertich leaves the Minnesota House. You can listen to his speech here.
Several members of Congress will hold meet and greets with constituents today. They include DFL Rep. Tim Walz and DFL Rep. Keith Ellison.
DFL Sen. Al Franken will speak at Netroots Minnesota tomorrow.
Republicans in the U.S. House will restart their efforts to repeal the health care law.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Tim Pawlenty will sign books in Florida today. He will also appear before Hispanic Conservatives.
Pawlenty warned that the U.S. economy could end up like the Greek economy.
He made the comments at the National Press Club. NBC does a write-thru of the speech.
You can listen to Pawlenty's appearance here.
Pawlenty tells Politico that he has no thoughts of being anyone else's running mate.
Bachmann for Prez Watch
Some Christian conservatives are lining up behind a possible Bachmann bid.
Posted at 9:45 AM on January 14, 2011
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Mark Dayton
Gov. Mark Dayton has named Ted Mondale as the new chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.
Dayton announced the appointment today. Mondale is a former state legislator and former Chair of the Metropolitan Council. As MSFC chair, he'll oversee management of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
"Ted Mondale is uniquely qualified to lead this important organization at this critical time," Dayton said in a news release. "His exceptional dedication to public service, his business experience, and his established relationships with key decision-makers will enable him to represent the best interests of the people of Minnesota in attempting to negotiate a new 'People's Stadium.'"
Mondale replaces Roy Terwilliger, who was appointed chair in 2003.
Posted at 11:30 AM on January 14, 2011
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Mark Dayton
Gov. Mark Dayton has hired a suburban police chief as his public safety commissioner.
Dayton announced today the appointment of Ramona Dohman to his cabinet. Dohman is chief of police in Maple Grove and immediate past President of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.
"Chief Dohman brings a long commitment and proven dedication to law enforcement, which has prepared her well to ensure the public safety and to lead my Administration's response to emergency situations," Dayton said in a news release.
Dohman will be the first female to serve as public safety commissioner in Minnesota.
Governor Dayton sent a letter to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, requesting that the state of Wisconsin pay the $58 million owed to the state of Minnesota.
The state of Wisconsin has not made the final payment in a tax reciprocity settlement that occurred when Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty and Democratic Governor Jim Doyle were in office. Minnesota is set to receive roughly $4,600 a day in interest for every day the payment is not made.
Here's the letter from Dayton:
Dear Governor Walker:
Our two states cooperate in many important ways to encourage and support the welcomed exchanges between our citizens, businesses, and governments. I am writing you today concerning one of those transactions, which, unfortunately, went seriously awry before either of us became the Governors of our respective states.
Under the individual income tax reciprocity agreement between Minnesota and Wisconsin and under the statutes of both states, Wisconsin was required to reimburse Minnesota annually for its net revenue loss resulting from that reciprocity agreement.
Regrettably, Wisconsin's failure to fulfill its responsibility for reimbursement compelled my predecessor, Governor Pawlenty, to terminate the agreement, which forces several thousand citizens in both of our states to have to file dual state income tax returns. While I regret this outcome, I concur with Governor Pawlenty's decision, as the State of Wisconsin at that time owed the State of Minnesota over $58 million.
As calculated and agreed to by the staffs of the Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Revenue, a final payment from Wisconsin was due on December 1, 2010. The amount due was $58,697,000, with daily interest of $4,583.99 accruing after December 1st. However, your Revenue Secretary has now informed our Revenue Commissioner that this payment will not be made until some time in the next fiscal year.
I request your assistance and that of your Department of Revenue make the payment due Minnesota in the very near future. I thank you in advance for your help in resolving this important matter.
GOP Rep. John Kline, who chairs the House Education and Workforce Committee, will host Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Crystal Lake Elementary School in Lakeville on Frinday.
Kline's office issued a news release saying he and Duncan will meet with students and teachers at the school to "highlight some of the local ideas for reform and innovation that is critical to success in the classroom."
Duncan is also scheduled to speak to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce from 11:30am to 2:30pm on that day. Governor Mark Dayton will introduce Duncan at the event.