The Daily Digest: 6-10-09

A state homeowner tax credit known as the Market Value Homestead Credit is supposed to be reimbursed to cities. But the Pi Press says the fund is being raided by the state leaving cities with a shortfall.

The Legislative Auditor releases a report today on federal background checks.

The New York Times examines Gov. Pawlenty’s decision to not seek a third term and analyzes the impact on a possible presidential run.

Meanwhile, Gov. Pawlenty said he’ll announce his spending cuts in the next two weeks. He also said his budget cuts will spur layoffs.

Officials with East Grand Forks say they’re concerned about bigger budget cuts coming in the future.

The draft U of M budget has a 3 percent tuition increase.

Target Corp. and Marvin Windows are honored for helping vets.

A Gang Strike Force officer is facing a stalking probe.


MPR says schools are still waiting for the stimulus money to arrive.

Stimulus cash fails to pave the way for new jobs in Minnesota.

President Obama promises to make PAYGO the law.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz and other Blue Dog Democrats praise Obama’s decision.

Hearings for Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Sonia Sotomayor, will begin on July 13th.

A House panel orders cuts to the military budget.

The House approved a “cash for clunkers” plan.

The GOP hits back on health care.

The Supreme Court clears the Chrysler sale to Fiat.

Walser Buick gets a reprieve from GM. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is mentioned.

Congress is coming to the aid of car dealers. GOP Rep. John Kline, DFLer Betty McCollum and GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen are mentioned.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar pushes legislation that would try to reduce injuries and death from carbon monoxide.

The Hill says Democrats are gripping with GOP intel disclosures. Kline is mentioned.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann targets comments by DFL Rep. Tim Walz on possibly housing Gitmo detainees in Minnesota.

Bachmann also defended derivatives at a subcommittee hearing.

The highway bill faces a tight deadline. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.


The Rochester Post-Bulletin says Tim Penny, former DFL Congressman and I-P candidate for governor, will not run for governor.

GOP state Sen. David Hann resigned his leadership position and says he’s pondering a run for governor. Raise your hand if you can name Hann’s leadership position. Hey, no peeking!

GOP state Rep. Laura Brod also said she’s “very seriously considering” a run for gov.

Former GOP state Sen. Bill Haas will officially announce his candidacy for governor today.


Pawlenty sat down with WCCO’s Pat Kessler. Here’s the interview.

Gov. Pawlenty appeared on Fox to discuss his political future. He said he isn’t sure what he’s going to do in the future.