Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter to Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt Tuesday, asking House Republicans to agree to a special legislative session to extend unemployment benefits to mine workers on the Iron Range and to begin to address economic disparities affecting people of color in Minnesota.
“I request that the special session include a $15 million investment to improve economic outcomes in communities of color. I will make a specific proposal for the use of those funds, after I have consulted with impacted communities,” wrote Dayton, adding that more work on the issue could come during the regular session which is set to begin in March.
Dayton also noted that unemployment benefits for hundreds of Iron Range workers will run out before the start of the March session, “through no fault or choice of their own.”
House Republicans were expected to meet behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon, but so far the reaction to the governor’s request for a special session has been cool.
At a St. Paul fundraiser for Iron Range food shelves Monday night, House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, R- Rogers, said members of her caucus don’t have a big appetite for a special session. Peppin said she believes the issues Dayton raised can wait until the regular session.
“It seems as though every month we’ve had a new proposal,” Peppin said. “One for fish, one for REAL ID, this one and several different ideas. So there have been so many proposals, that I think members are a little burned out on the different proposals.”
Although the governor has the power to call a special session, he wants Republicans to agree to the agenda beforehand so that it could be limited in scope and duration.
Here is Dayton’s Letter.
State officials have scheduled a special election in Minnesota House District 50B for Feb. 9, 2016.
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon announced Tuesday that he received a writ from Gov. Mark Dayton ordering the special election, which is needed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington.
A special primary, if needed, will be Jan. 12. Candidates can begin filing for the contest on Dec. 8. The filing period closes on Dec. 14, at 5:00 p.m.
Lenczewski announced two weeks ago that she would leave the Legislature midway through her ninth House term to take a job as a lobbyist.
There’s another special election previously scheduled in Minnesota Senate District 35 on Feb. 9. That voting will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover. The candidate filing period for that contest is the same as for House District 50B.
A special election is scheduled next Tuesday, Dec. 8, in House District 3A to fill the vacancy created by the death of Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake.
Good morning. Here are some news items to occupy you as you start your Tuesday.
1. Some Minneapolis leaders, including Mayor Betsy Hodges and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, want Black Lives Matter protesters to break up their encampment outside the 4th precinct police headquarters. The protesters say no. Meanwhile, the people who allegedly shot five people near the protest last week are facing serious charges. (MPR News)
2. The plan to use a mix of public and private dollars to rebuild much of Rochester is running into a problem. How does the city attract young people to settle there? (MPR News)
3. President Obama told the climate change conference in Paris that the U.S. did a lot to create the problem and that it wants to help find a solution. (New York Times)
4. What? The secretary of state is a politician now? Since when? (Wall Street Journal)
5. University of Minnesota history professor Hy Berman died over the weekend. (Star Tribune)
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