Posted at 7:47 AM on October 12, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The Met Council and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission are scheduled to release a report this morning that says the timeline to build the Vikings stadium is too aggressive. It also said there is the potential for millions of dollars in cost overruns.
MPR was the first news outlet to obtain a copy of the report. You can read it here.
Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett and Vikings lobbyist Lester Bagley say the report shouldn't harm their efforts to build the stadium in Arden Hills.
Tidbit: Gov. Dayton isn't commenting on the report until it's released this AM. Neither is GOP Sen. Julie Rosen, the stadium author.
The Ramsey County Charter Commission also voted last night to not require a vote to approve the half cent sales tax.
Under the Dome
Gov. Dayton will be in Washington D.C. today to attend the National Governor's Association executive council meeting.
The state revoked a mental health center's license after suicides.
Senate Republicans voted to kill President Obama's jobs plan.
Minnesota's delegation is split over how they'll vote on the free trade agreements.
Race for President
Mitt Romney defends support of Wall St. in a debate in New Hampshire.
Here's a look at some of the key moments of the debate.
The PoliGraph fact-checked the debate.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann released her jobs plan.
There are more details on Ron Paul's visit to St. Cloud.
Rick Perry declined to disavow a pastor that said Romney isn't a Christian and that Mormonism is a cult.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is backing Mitt Romney.
Pawlenty says Romney will get a big boost from Christie's endorsement. Pawlenty was on MPR's Midday on Tuesday. You can listen to the show and his follow up q and a with reporters here.
Pawlenty also said he's not sure if he's done with politics yet and suggested he listened to much to his handlers.
Pawlenty will hold a fundraiser for Romney in Minneapolis in November.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Michele Bachmann will return to Washington, DC today to vote on a series of free trade agreements, according to her office. It's Bachmann's first appearance and vote on the floor of the U.S. House since Aug. 1. Between August and October, she has campaigned extensively for the Republican presidential nomination across the country.
During the month of September, Bachmann was absent from the Capitol for the entire month aside from a brief stop to hold a press conference after President Obama's jobs speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7.
Bachmann's office confirms that she plans to vote for all three trade pacts, which will lower trade barriers between the U.S. and South Korea, Colombia and Panama.
WASHINGTON - In a rare show of bipartisanship, the U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a series of free trade pacts Wednesday with the support of a majority of Minnesota's congressional delegation. The Senate also approved the trade deals in a vote tonight.
Minnesota's four Republican House members all voted for the bills liberalizing trade with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Rep. Michele Bachmann took a break from her presidential campaign to return to Washington and cast her first votes in the House since Aug. 1.
"These FTAs [free trade agreements] will create jobs at home in Minnesota without costing taxpayers a dime and will level the playing field for American exports and boost demand for our products," said Rep. Chip Cravaack in a statement released after the vote.
The four DFL House members split their votes, reflecting divisions within the Democratic Party over the impact of free trade on American workers. Reps. Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum voted against all three agreements. Rep. Collin Peterson supported the deals with Korea and Panama but voted against the Colombian agreement. Rep. Tim Walz supported the Korean deal but opposed the other two.
"At a time when our national unemployment rate is at 9.1 percent, with 14 million Americans looking for work, we cannot afford to pass trade agreements that cost jobs here in the United States," said McCollum in a statement.
The entire Minnesota delegation unanimously supported another measure to extend assistance to workers who lose their jobs as a result of increased competition from the trade agreements.
Supporters of the agreements argue that increased trade will boost American exports by up to $13 billion a year and support 250,000 jobs, while critics argue that those gains from trade are oversold and that past free trade agreements have not lifted American workers' standard of living.(1 Comments)