Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck is stepping down after leading the regional planning agency for the past two-and-a-half years.

Duininck is taking a new job as director of government affairs for the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, a union that represents 26,000 members. He previously served as legislative director for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that he has appointed Alene Tchourumoff to replace Duininck as chair. Tchourumoff is currently the state rail director.

“Alene’s years of experience in planning, rail transportation, and finance will be invaluable as chair of the Metropolitan Council,” Dayton said in a news release.

Dayton appointed Duininck as chair in January 2015 to replace Susan Haigh. He was first appointed as a Met Council member in 2011.

Duininck said leaving the Met Council was a hard decision.

“The time at the Metropolitan Council has been the most rewarding career opportunity I’ve ever been given, and I feel like we’ve accomplished so much here,” Duininck said.

Duininck was the 14th chair of the Met Council since its creation in 1967. He was the first to serve in the position full time.

He said serving full time allowed him to spend more time building relationships with local government leaders.

“There are functions that the council performs that are essential services to the region, and trying to get everybody in the entire seven-county metro area to see that is an important part of what I’ve done here,” he said.

Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday. No need to wait any longer to turn to the Digest.

1. Ramsey County Judge John Guthmann is considering whether Gov. Mark Dayton acted within his constitutional authority when he zeroed out funding for the Minnesota House and Senate using the line item veto. During a hearing Monday the judge pressed attorneys on both sides to defend competing arguments in a case over constitutional powers. The Legislature wants Dayton’s veto of House and Senate appropriations nullified on grounds he would be “obliterating” another branch of government; Dayton’s attorneys said line-item veto power is clearly granted in the Minnesota Constitution and the court would be going down “not only a slippery slope, but a cliff” if he took the governor’s motives into account. Late Monday the judge signed off on a agreement to keep money flowing to the Legislature until Oct. 1 as the case proceeds. (MPR News)

2. The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve. The settlement to be paid to Valerie Castile, who is the family’s trustee, was announced Monday and comes less than two weeks after officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges connected to her son’s death. (AP via MPR News)

3. Minnesotans were among those trying to understand the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to allow parts of President Trump’s immigration order take effect. Those supporting the travel ban order said the decision largely vindicated the president in his bid to suspend the arrivals of refugees and visitors from six countries as his administration rolls out more stringent vetting. Others pointed out that the great majority of refugees and travelers from the six Muslim-majority countries coming to Minnesota do have family or other ties to the state, so few would be affected by the order set to go into effect Thursday. (Star Tribune)

4. Minnesota schools are finishing the year with some new staff on board, thanks to state grants aimed at boosting student support services. Counselors, social workers, psychologists and nurses were funded under the grants the Legislature approved last year. The money is a step toward improving Minnesota’s lowest-in-the-nation spending on student support. Districts say they hope the staff can stay when the grants run out. (MPR News)

5. Congressional forecasters say the U.S. Senate bill that aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026, with 15 million more uninsured by 2018 compared to the current health care law. That’s only slightly fewer uninsured than a version passed by the House in May. Monday’s report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could give moderate senators concerned about health care coverage pause. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell wants a vote on the bill this week, before senators head home for the July Fourth recess. With Senate Democrats united in opposition, Republicans can afford to lose only two votes on their side and still pass the bill. (NPR)

Good morning, and welcome to another Monday. Let’s go right to the Digest.

1. Lawyers for the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton are scheduled to face off later this morning in a Ramsey County court room. The House and Senate are suing the governor over his line item veto of their budget for the next two years. Because of the Dayton’s veto, money will stop flowing to the House and Senate come July 1. But late Friday Dayton and Republican legislative leaders said they had agreed pending the judge’s approval to keep funding in place until Oct. 1 to avoid staff layoffs while they try to resolve their differences. (MPR News)

2. By the way, the lawyers arguing each side of the case today are paid by the same people–the taxpayers of Minnesota. The main issue in the case is a simple question: Can a governor veto the Legislature’s funding as a negotiating tactic? “We will see what the district court just says and ultimately what the Supreme Court says, but my read of it is crystal clear,” Dayton said. The legislative attorneys argue Dayton’s “coercive” veto violated the Legislature’s constitutional right represent the will of the people through “unabridged communication with constituents and crafting legislation.” Minnesota courts have curtailed governors’ power before — notably in 2010 when the state Supreme Court negated then Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s cancellation of funding for certain programs. Both the governor and legislative attorneys cited that case in their arguments. But the courts have never decided a case quite like this one. (Pioneer Press)

3. Key among the differences between the governor and Republican leaders is the tax bill that Dayton reluctantly signed last month. It includes $650 million worth of tax cuts for Social Security recipients, farmers, first-time home buyers, families with child care costs, small businesses with big property tax bills and college loan debtors. The chief author of the cuts, Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, cheekily called it “the greatest tax bill ever” as he lauded its relief for a range of middle-class interest groups. Dayton wants the Legislature to come back into session and undo several of the cuts, arguing they tilt Minnesota’s tax system more in favor of the wealthy. He contends lawmakers forced him to sign it by holding funding for the state Revenue Department hostage. (Star Tribune)

4. The U.S. Senate Republican health care bill could lead to cuts in programs that help frail Minnesota seniors and jeopardize many cost-saving services that support caregivers and help seniors stay in their homes. The Senate bill, which could come up for a vote this week, takes a number of steps to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. It also would massively curb federal spending on Medicaid, a 52-year-old social services program that provides matching federal dollars to help states care for the poor, elderly and disabled. Seniors are the fastest-growing group to rely on Medicaid, the nation’s largest source of public health coverage. In Minnesota, seniors account for about 9 percent of the 1.2 million men, women and children covered under the program, which is called Medical Assistance. (Star Tribune)

5. In less than a week Minnesota will drop its longtime ban on Sunday liquor store sales. Though some stores plan to keep the old tradition and remain closed, hundreds of corporate, independent and municipal liquor retailers across the state are stocking up, rescheduling employees — and hoping shoppers make it all worthwhile. Tony Chesak, executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, said he expects that once liquor retailers get some Sunday sales experience under their belts, they will have suggestions for lawmakers for tweaks in the law. The hours of operation, for example, could be narrowed or widened in the future. (Star Tribune)