The Daily Digest

Republican Tom Emmer faced a vocal audience during a town hall forum that focused on employee wages and the treatment of servers. The event ended with a bag of coins on the ground over immigration. Emmer got an earful from servers who are unhappy with his recent statements. He also got a surprise when a person opposed to his stance on immigration dumped $20 in pennies on his table.

Listen to the full forum here.

It’s still unclear what Emmer meant when he initially said a tip credit had to be considered. He did tell MPR earlier this week that he would sign a bill that cut the minimum wage.

Corporate and union cash are already flooding the market, according to the latest campaign finance reports. 3 funds raised $2.4 million to date.

Irony alert! Will it be Dayton vs. Dayton’s (Target) in November?

Dayton released two new ads.

Independence Party candidate Tom Horner will discuss a community vitality plan at a 10am news conference in St. Paul.

Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher will speak at an event featuring bricklayers in Oakdale.

Democrat Matt Entenza will campaign in Waconia and speak at a health care conference in Brooklyn Center.

Entenza tossed the first pitch at a minor league ball game and says he thinks a Vikings stadium deal will get worked out.

2010 Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen raised $380k in the 2nd quarter.

The PoliGraph says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is right on where the buck stops on BP.

President Obama vows election help for Democrats after his adviser said the GOP could take the House.

2008 U.S. Senate Race

Republican Norm Coleman says he has no desire to reopen the Senate race if a significant number of felons have been found to vote illegally.

Governor Pawlenty says the issue should be investigated.

He made the comments on Fox News.

Under the Dome

State officials will release the jobless rate figures today.

Minnesota exports increased 17%.

State lawmakers are prepping for the federal health care overhaul.

Congress

DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar says he wants to tax airline fees.

The ethanol subsidy faces some resistance. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty and other GOP governors speak today at the Aspen Institute today in Colorado.

His PAC is also required to file their quarterly finance report by midnight. His spokesman says he raised $723k in the 2nd Quarter for a total of $2.6 million since October.

Mitt Romney’s PAC raised $3.5 million for the cycle.

Newt Gingrich raised $3.4 million in the 2nd Quarter for his political fund (note: there are different rules between Pawlenty and Romney’s PAC and Gingrich’s 527 so it’s an apples to oranges comparison).

Finally

Get well, Marty Seifert.

  • FACTS

    This week, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) came out with a report entitled, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers, which discusses the costs of unauthorized immigration to the United States. As usual, FAIR has put out a highly misleading fiscal snapshot of the costs allegedly imposed on U.S. taxpayers by unauthorized immigrants and completely discounts the economic contributions of unauthorized workers and consumers. Moreover, FAIR inflates their costs in a variety of ways and conveniently ignores any contributions that would offset these costs.

    While the publication is long and deals with a wide range of issues that warrant more dissection by credible economic experts, the trade publication Education Week has already begun the deconstruction with an item that sheds light on their misleading claims about providing English language services in schools.

    According to the Immigration Policy Center (IPC), FAIR’s report suffers from three fatal flaws:

    * The report notes that the single biggest “expense” it attributes to unauthorized immigrants is the education of their children, yet most of these children are native-born, U.S. citizens who will grow up to be tax-paying adults. It is disingenuous to count the cost of investing in the education of these children, so that they will earn higher incomes and pay more in taxes when they are adults, as if it were nothing more than a cost incurred by their parents.

    * The report fails to account for the purchasing power of unauthorized consumers, which supports U.S. businesses and U.S. jobs.

    * The report ignores the value added to the U.S. economy by unauthorized workers, particularly in the service sector.

    In contrast to FAIR’s report, the Perryman Group estimated that if all unauthorized workers and consumers were somehow removed from the U.S. economy, the United States would lose $552 billion in total economic activity (“expenditures”), $245 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and 2.8 million jobs.” This doesn’t count the billions it would cost to actually implement a mass deportation program.

    Another argument FAIR makes, which makes it hard to glean what their solution would be is the high cost of deporting undocumented workers which FAIR blames on the immigrants themselves. It’s a somewhat circular argument to say that the cost of undocumented immigrants includes the cost of failing law enforcement efforts. So, in essence, FAIR is saying that the deport-them-all approach costs too much money and doesn’t work. Yet their “solution” is to spend even more money on enforcement.

    FAIR’s data is meant only to reinforce their vision of “attrition through enforcement.” It is not rooted in an effort to move the immigration debate forward. Therefore, passing comprehensive immigration reform – which would yield a cumulative $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years – is the only sound economic decision the United States can make.

    SOURCE Immigration Policy Center

  • Facts

    THE FACTS ARE THAT JAN BREWER DID THIS TO GET REELECTED, HERE ARE FACTS.

    1, HOW MUCH MONEY $$$$$$$ IS ALLOCATED TO ENFORCE THIS LAW?? NONE.

    2, HOW MANY NEW POLICEMEN / WOMEN SHES HIRED TO HOLD AND PROCESS THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS? NONE.

    3, HOW MANY NEW IMMIGRATION JUDGES SHES HIRED TO PROCESS THE THOUSANDS OF DEPORTATION CASES?? NONE.

    4, HOW MANY NEW JAILS SHES BUILT TO HOLD THE THOUSANDS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS? NONE.

    5, HOW MANY BUSES / PLANES SHES BROUGHT TO DEPORT THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THOSE WHO ARE ORDERED BY THE IMMIGRATION JUDGES TO BE DEPORTED?? NONE.

    CAN ANYONE ANSWER THESE FACTS? THE REPUBLICAN STATES ARE TRYING TO MAKE THIS THEIR PLATFORM, THEY WILL LOSE BIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG TIME.

    ALL ARE GODS CHILDREN. NO HUMAN IS ABOVE ANOTHER. ALL ARE CREATED BY ONE ALMIGHTY GOD WHO LOVES ALL HIS CHILDREN.

    I AM NOT SAYING DON’T CLOSE THE BORDERS I AM SAYING STOP THE FOOLISH HATE AND IGNORANCE.