Good morning and welcome to Friday. The Obama administration comes to a close and the Trump administration begins at 11 a.m. Minnesota time. We will have live coverage of the inauguration beginning at 9 a.m. on the radio and online and I hope you can tune in. Until then, let’s check the Digest:

1. It will be a day of celebrations and protests. The race for president in Minnesota was extraordinarily close. Those who supported Donald Trump now have clear expectations for what they want him to do. Those expectations run the gamut from billionaires to plumbers to daycare owners. They’re looking for less government, a stronger economy, tighter rules on immigration, better health care, a different tax system and more manufacturing jobs. Some of the new president’s opponents say it’ll be difficult to fulfill that agenda and voters may be feeling buyers’ remorse by next year. (MPR News)

2. Minnesota’s U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken could play key roles in minority Democrats’ effort to push back against Republican proposals over the next few years. In cases where Republicans propose measures Democrats broadly oppose, Klobuchar says the Senate can be an “emergency brake” on bad policy. But on issues Trump has discussed including lowering prescription drug prices, rebuilding roads and bridges, and even appointing a new Supreme Court justice, the two Minnesota Democrats say they might be willing to work with the new president. (MPR News)

3. The Republican-led Minnesota House approved its version of a health care relief package Thursday night by a 73-54 vote. It  mixes hundreds of millions of dollars of health insurance rebates with some changes aimed at expanding coverage networks, particularly in greater Minnesota. Now the negotiations involving the House, Senate and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration can begin. (MPR News)

4. Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary nominee, Steven Mnuchin, faced tough questions Thursday from Democratic senators concerned about him profiting off homeowners who lost their homes during the housing crisis. Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, called his practices “predatory,” saying the bank foreclosed on 35,000 homeowners.  Mnuchin said he welcomed the opportunity to set the record straight.  He said in many cases where loan modifications were not possible, it was because of  rules that did not give him the flexibility to do so. As Treasury secretary, he said, he would work to change some of those rules. (NPR)

5. On the eve of his inauguration the president-elect spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. “We all got tired of seeing what was happening and we wanted change, but we wanted real change,” Trump said. “It’s a movement like we’ve never seen anywhere in the world, they say.” Speaking to thousands of supporters at the end of an evening concert, Trump said, “We’re going to work together, and we are going to make America great again — and, I’ll add, greater than ever before.” (Washington Post)

6. Finally, it’s worth taking a minute today to read these letters from the outgoing occupant of the Oval Office to the incoming. We are all in this together, after all. (ABC News)

Minnesota lawmakers are once again proposing an expansion of the state’s list of legal fireworks.

Legislation introduced Thursday in the House (HF 329) and Senate (SF 235) would allow the sale of “aerial and audible devices,” like bottle rockets and firecrackers. Current law allows only sparklers and other novelty devices.

The House passed a similar bill last session. But the Senate never took it up.

Rep. Jason Rarick, R-Pine City, said his reason for sponsoring the bill again is unchanged.

“Minnesotans are going to the Dakotas and to Wisconsin to buy the fireworks, they’re using them here,” Rarick said. “We’re missing out on a lot on a lot of sales taxes.”

Rarick said a new provision in this year’s bill would dedicate sales tax revenue from fireworks to a special fund to benefit local firefighters. Many of those firefighters have opposed expanding fireworks.

“I do not anticipate that it’s actually going to change their opinion on it,” he said.

Rarick said he also plans to push for year-round sales this time. Last year’s bill limited the sales to June 1 to July 10.

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton as opposed previous fireworks bills and vetoed one in 2012.

Minnesota lawmakers are considering a significant tax reduction for premium cigars.

Legislation heard Thursday in the House tax committee would reduce the current rate of $3.50 per cigar to just 50 cents. The committee did not take a vote, but will consider the proposal for a larger tax bill this session.

Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia, said his bill would put Minnesota cigar shops on more equal footing with online retailers and with shops in neighboring states, where the taxes are much lower.

“I know many of us here in the Legislature do like an occasional cigar, and it’s really difficult to go to a local purveyor because the tax is just crushing,” Nash said.

Cigar shop owners testified in support of the bill.

Anti-smoking activists spoke against it.

Dr. Russell Luepker, a cardiologist at the University of Minnesota, told lawmakers that high tobacco prices help to keep Minnesotans healthy.

“Increasing taxes on tobacco reduces use among kids,” Luepker said. “It helps people quit of all ages, and it saves lives. Why would we want to undermine such an effort by giving a tax break to premium cigars?”