Gov. Dayton says his administration will release a report that details the cost of last summer's three-week state government shutdown that occurred over the summer.
"I believe they're finalizing it right now and I'm told I'm going to get a draft over the weekend and it will come out next week," Dayton told MPR News.
State finance officials have been detailing how much it cost the state of Minnesota to prepare for the shutdown and then close many agencies. Many state agencies were shuttered and thousands of state employees were laid-off after Dayton and the Republican controlled Legislature failed to reach agreement on a budget-balancing plan.
The two sides finalized a budget plan that relied on spending cuts, a plan to delay payments to schools and borrowing against future tobacco payments.
State finance officials announced on Thursday that they sold $757 million of tobacco bonds as a part of the budget solution. The state will end up paying more than $1.2 billion to borrow $640 million.
Posted at 6:12 AM on November 18, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
MPR is reporting that the state of Minnesota is considering whether to dump millions of local police records from Minnesota into a federal criminal and investigative database.
Minnesota finalized the sale of $757 million in tobacco bonds. The total cost to the state for the loan, including interest, is $1.2 billion.
Gov. Dayton says the shutdown report will be released next week.
MPR says some cities are paying for past choices. Some are dogged by past infrastructure investment.
Closing post offices is the latest hardship for Minnesota towns.
Small cities want to stop the flood diversion plan for the Red River.
The House Commerce Committee has scheduled a Monday hearing to discuss Gov. Dayton's executive order that allows some in-home day care providers to vote on whether to join a union.
An economist is predicting a big impact in Minnesota from the health care reform law.
3M is asking the state to drop fish consumption advisories because of results from a 3M sponsored study on fish tissue and water.
The Rochester Post-Bulletin says a 60 Minutes report catapults DFL Rep. Tim Walz bill that deals with insider trading in Congress.
GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says in an op-ed in the Star Tribune that the stadium vote will fail without a workable plan.
After meeting with Ramsey County leaders, Gov. Dayton is still non-commital on a stadium site.
The parties in the state's redistricting case have to show their maps today.
Minnesota's jobless rate declined in October.
U.S. unemployment applications also dropped to a 7-month low.
8 percent of the mortgages issued during the bubble have ended in foreclosure.
The U.S. Census says Minnesota's child poverty rate hit 15 percent.
Industry representatives examine Minnesota's future in robotics.
An Idaho man, who fired shots at the White House, has been charged with trying to assassinate President Obama.
Congress approved a bill that would avert a government shutdown.
The Super Committee has a lot of work to do to reach agreement on a deficit reduction plan.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu offers no apologies for the Solyndra loan.
President Obama will pardon two Minnesota turkeys next week at the White House.
Congress is on the verge of killing a high-speed rail program.
The Hill reports that DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and other Democrats worry the health care law could impact farmers' insurance coverage.
A top Democrat on the House Education Committee wants an investigation into the sex abuse scandals at Penn State and the Citadel. GOP Rep. John Kline chairs that committee.
Race for President
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is campaigning in Iowa. She told Drake University students that "We are broke in this country."
Bachmann also said Energy Secretary Steven Chu should be fired.
She said the Solyndra scandal is "criminal" in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.
Bachmann also hammers Newt Gingrich over the Freddie Mac payment.
Gingrich's think tank collected millions from the health care industry.
The Minneapolis fundraiser for Mitt Romney has been postponed.
Tim Pawlenty will campaign for Romney in New Hampshire.
Posted at 2:40 PM on November 18, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: U.S. House
Minnesota's delegation to the U.S. House split its vote on the so-called Balanced Budget Amendment. The House rejected a proposal to amend the Constitution to require a balanced budget. The vote was 261-165.
Here's the Roll Call:
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann
GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack
GOP Rep. John Kline
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum
DFL Rep. Tim Walz
WASHINGTON - DFL Rep. Tim Walz's STOCK Act that bars members of Congress from buying and selling stocks based on inside information they glean from their work is rapidly gaining traction in the Capitol after a report about the practice last weekend on 60 Minutes.
As of Friday afternoon, it had 65 cosponsors compared to half a dozen a week ago. The signers span the ideological spectrum from Rep. Dennis Kuchinich (D-OH) on the left to Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a tea party icon on the right.
Minnesota's other three DFL House members signed onto the measure this week. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is cosponsoring a similar bill in the Senate, describing it as "common sense legislation."
Sen. Al Franken is the lone DFLer who hasn't signed onto the Senate bill. Spokeswoman Alexandra Fetisoff said he is still review the legislation.
None of Minnesota's four Republican House members have signed on to Walz's legislation. Rep. Chip Cravaack's office said he was still studying the issue.
Referring to hearings scheduled in the House to look into the issue, Rep. Erik Paulsen's spokesman Tom Erickson wrote, "To operate effectively, Congress must have the trust of the American people. Erik supports disclosure and is looking forward to hearing what the bipartisan Financial Services Committee thinks."
MPR News is still trying to access the DFL Party's proposed redistricting plans - but one of the state's Congressional members is not pleased with the map. DFL Rep. Betty McCollum's chief of staff Bill Harper issued a statement blasting DFL Party Chair Ken Martin and the members of the DFL Party's legal team.
"The DFL Chair and his high paid lawyers have proposed a congressional map to the redistricting panel that is hyper-partisan and bizarre. Their plan ignores the judge's redistricting criteria and it insults established communities of interest, particularly in the East Metro. Congresswoman McCollum has faith in the judges on the panel to draw fair political boundaries that will serve the best interests of all Minnesotans."
MPR News could not reach Harper to comment on why he's upset with the DFL map. A call to McCollum's spokeswoman has also not been returned.
One factor could be that McCollum would end up in the same district as GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann if the DFL map is approved by the court. The DFL map pairs McCollum and Bachmann.
MPR News viewed one proposed map by DFLers that paired the two together. A person with knowledge of that map said that the DFL map would submit that proposed map to the courts.
Will be updated...
Here's the proposed map:6 Comments)
DFL legislative plan pairs 35 House members, 13 Senate members
The DFL Party's proposed redistricting plan pairs 35 incumbents and creates 18 open seats in the Minnesota House. It also pairs 13 incumbents and creates three open seats in the Minnesota Senate. Here's the breakdown of the match-ups in the House and the Senate (the information was confirmed by both Republican and DFL sources).
Here are the House match-ups:
Carolyn McElfatrick (GOP)
DFLer Tom Anzelc (DFL)
Larry Howes (GOP)
John Persell (DFL)
Torry Westrom (GOP)
Bud Nornes (GOP)
Paul Anderson (GOP)
Mary Franson (GOP)
Sondra Erickson (GOP)
Roger Crawford (GOP)
Larry Hosch (DFL)
Steve Gottwalt (GOP)
Dean Urdahl (GOP)
Ron Shimanski (GOP)
Glenn Gruenhagen (GOP)
Ernie Leidiger (GOP)
Paul Torkelson (GOP)
Tony Cornish (GOP)
Tim Kelly (GOP)
Steve Drazkowski (GOP)
Kelby Woodard (GOP)
Mark Buesgens (GOP)
Michael Beard (GOP)
Jennifer Loon (GOP)
Branden Peterson (GOP)
Tom Hackbarth (GOP)
Peggy Scott (GOP)
Bob Dettmer (GOP)
Bob Barrett (GOP)
Tim Sanders (GOP)
Linda Runbeck (GOP)
Bev Scalze (DFL)
Carol McFarlane (GOP)
60B (Note - Downey moved into a new home so there's disagreement as to whether he would face Hornstein or DFL Rep. Steve Simon)
Keith Downey (GOP)
Frank Hornstein (DFL) or Simon (DFL)
Here's the breakdown from the Minnesota Senate:
John J. Carlson (GOP)
Tom Saxhaug (DFL)
Gary Kubly (DFL)
Gary Dahms (GOP)
Al DeKruif (GOP)
Mike Parry (GOP)
(Note: Parry is running for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District)
David Hann (GOP)
Geoff Michel (GOP)
Benjamin Kruse (GOP)
Chris Eaton (DFL)
Michelle Benson (GOP)
Roger Chamberlain (GOP)
Michael Jungbauer (GOP)
Here's the statewide map:
Martin Intervenors Legislative_Statewide -2
Here's the Metro map:
Martin Intervenors Legislative_Metro-4
Here's the Minneapolis/St. Paul map:
Martin Intervenors Leg Mpls-StPaul