The Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy holds another hearing today to discuss the state budget mess. On Wednesday, GOP legislative leaders met behind closed doors with Gov. Dayton for an hour and a half and made little progress on the budget.
Tidbit: Expect Republicans on the LCPFP to focus on the taxes being raised in other states this year. Expect Democrats to counter with the taxes raised in other states over the last eight years and the size of Minnesota's deficit comparable to other states.
While lawmakers and Dayton fail to make a deal on the budget, the state of Minnesota and MnSCU are preparing for a shutdown. Layoff notices to 36,000 state workers will be mailed out on Friday. MnSCU is also making plans to prepare for a shutdown.
MnSCU may send 6,000 lay off notices by the end of the week.
Two state employee unions are running an ad ripping Republicans on the budget.
Under the Dome
Several political leaders say Delta is reneging on agreements with the state of Minnesota on job numbers.
The rate of health care spending dropped in Minnesota.
Gov. Dayton held a ceremonial signing ceremony for a bill that is aimed at reducing concussions in young athletes.
Constitutional Amendment to ban same-sex marriage
Target's CEO says the company won't enter into the same-sex marriage debate.
Gov. Dayton will attend a Monday fundraiser for a group that is working to oppose the amendment.
The Star Tribune says backers of a new Vikings stadium say a deal has to be reached before a special session.
A federal appeals court weighed the impact of the federal health care law.
The U.S. is intensifying its covert war in Yemen.
The Senate voted to let the Federal Reserve trim debit card swipe fees.
A large majority of those polled in the Washington Post - ABC News poll say the national economy would suffer serious harm if the nation's debt ceiling isn't raised but barely half support raising it.
The pressure ramps up for Anthony Weiner to resign.
Weiner's wife is pregnant.
The PoliGraph says DFL Rep. Tim Walz is right on oil imports.
Walz donated money he received from Weiner.
MinnPost says GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack's car is one of the costliest in Congress.
Race for President
William Kristol says two sources tell him that Rudy Giuliani will run for president.
Mitt Romney is getting heat over climate change.
Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, is Tim Pawlenty's co-chair in South Carolina. Wilson is best known for yelling "You lie" at President Obama.
Tim Pawlenty says he wouldn't renominate Ben Bernanke for Federal Reserve Chair.
Pawlenty says Romney is the front runner.
Pawlenty is getting lots of criticism for his economic speech.
Len Burman wrote in Forbes that Pawlenty's plan for the economy is a fantasy tax policy.
Bloomberg says Pawlenty's revenue estimates are questioned.
A columnist for Washington Monthly says Pawlenty cited the Reagan and Clinton years as good examples of economic growth. The only problem, the columnist writes, is both of those growth periods occurred after taxes were raised.
Public Policy Polling says Obama would defeat Pawlenty or Michele Bachmann in Minnesota.1 Comments)
Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, has endorsed Tim Pawlenty's campaign for president. Pawlenty's campaign also announced that Wilson will co-chair Pawlenty's South Carolina campaign.
"Congressman Wilson has been a strong conservative voice for the people of South Carolina over the past decade," Pawlenty said in a statement. "I am honored to receive his support in this campaign to restore America."
Pawlenty's use of "strong conservative voice" in his statement may be intentional. Wilson is best known for shouting "You lie!" during President Obama's health care address to Congress. Wilson apologized for the outburst and called it "spontaneous"
Posted at 1:15 PM on June 9, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: MN Legislature
The Senate Ethics Committee has scheduled a Monday morning hearing to discuss DFL Sen. Ann Rest's complaint against GOP Sen. Gretchen Hoffman.
Rest filed the complaint in the final days of the 2011 legislative session. She said Hoffman mischaracterized DFL Sen. Barb Goodwin's comments during a Senate debate on her Twitter feed.
"Sen Goodwin just called people with mental illness- idiots and imbeciles- while debating HHS bill #offensive #mndfl #mnsrc #mnleg"
Hoffman's tweet was redistributed when Senate Republican Caucus spokesman Michael Brodkorb retweeted it so his 2,500 followers could read it.
Both Goodwin and Rest said Hoffman misrepresented Goodwin's remarks. Goodwin said she was talking about the history of developmental disabilities and mental illness in Minnesota during a debate over the Health and Human Services budget bill. Hoffman refused to apologize and said she was "offended" by Goodwin's remarks.
The four member Ethics Committee will decide whether Hoffman published material that she knew was false and whether Hoffman violated a rule that says members of the Senate should adhere to the highest standard of ethical conduct.
GOP Sen. Michelle Fischbach, GOP Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, DFL Sen. John Harrington and DFL Sen. Kathy Sheran are the members of the Senate Ethics Committee and will determine whether Hoffman violated Senate rules.
Posted at 1:50 PM on June 9, 2011
by Tim Nelson
Filed under: MN Legislature
The campaign to defeat the proposed constitutional amendent banning same-sex marriage will make its debut in coming days.
There's going to be a fundraiser at Lush, a Nordeast bar, on Monday night. A week later, the Loring
PlayhouseTheater is hosting the official kickoff of the campaign asking voters to vote "No" on the proposed amendment. The effort's been titled Minnesotans United for All Families.
Both events are touting appearances by Gov. Mark Dayton, but we haven't been able to confirm he'll be there. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, is listed as a featured speaker at the Loring.
The campaign is being organized by Project 515 and OutFront Minnesota, the two major players in the failed effort to stop the amendment at the Capitol last month.
They're hoping for a success this time -- as evidenced, perhaps, by the organizer for the June 13 event: Cristine Almeida. She was a senior advisor to the successful campaign to pass the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Campaign amendment, and a former chief of staff for DFL Senate majority leader Dean Johnson.
(She's also on the Project 515 board, and a contract lobbyist for a number of organizations, including MPR.)
UPDATE:Dayton spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci confirms that Dayton will speak at June 13 fundraiser. Location has been changed to Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen in Minneapolis.
There were no private budget meetings today between DFL Governor Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders, even though a potential government shutdown is just three weeks away.
Republicans instead held a public meeting of the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy to try to poke holes in Dayton's proposal to raise income taxes on the top two percent of earners. Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, chair of the Senate tax committee, questioned the need for a tax increase.
"I mean it's one thing to take all those risks and put our economy in jeopardy," Ortman said. "But to do it for no reason other than the fact that the governor just wants what looks like a political win is not going to be done. It's not going to happen."
Dayton's revenue commissioner, Myron Frans, defended the tax increase as a necessary step in difficult times. Frans said no one wants to increase taxes unless they have to.
That didn't take long.
After much of Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign staff resigned en masse today, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue switched his endorsement for the GOP nomination from the former Speaker of the House to former Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Perdue, who had been the national campaign co-chair for Gingrich, will play an unspecified role on the Pawlenty campaign.
Pawlenty campaign manager Nick Ayers had been a longtime Perdue aide before joining Pawlenty earlier this year.
In a statement from the Pawlenty campaign, Perdue called Pawlenty a "great man," and Pawlenty reciprocated the love, saying he was "thrilled" that Perdue was joining his camp.
This is Pawlenty's first endorsement from a sitting governor.
CORRECTION: Perdue's term ended in January of this year.(2 Comments)