The Daily Digest

There has been a lot of attention to Gov. Dayton’s income tax plan on Minnesota’s top earners and the impact it would have. MPR looked at another portion of Dayton’s tax plan, the snowbird tax, and found it may be difficult to enforce.

A Department of Revenue auditor pleads guilty to stealing funds.

Gov. Dayton signed the teacher licensure bill into law.

Dayton says signing the Alternative Teacher licensure bill is a sign of compromise.

Anti-tax pledges are steering budget debates across the country.

The state acts to close an online charter school.

Efforts to streamline state government are underway. On Monday, some called for a plan that would create a new financing plan that could draw private investors into helping pay for the state’s social services.

Foundations also made their pitch to change how government services are delivered.

The Minnesota Legislature passed a bill that would maintain longer jobless benefits.

Educators gathered in Minneapolis to discuss ways to prevent school bullying.

Republicans in the Legislature are seeking to outlaw abortions after twenty weeks.

GOP state Sen. Jeremy Miller wants to cut 10 percent of central spending at the U of M and MnSCU.

Gov. Dayton named Andy Luger and Deanna Wiener to the Campaign Finance Board.

Former state Rep. (and current U of M Regent) Laura Brod has joined the lobbying firm, Lockgridge, Grindal, Nauen as a senior adviser.

Congress

President Obama creates an indefinite detention center for prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

A million Libyans need aid as several European countries seek a No Fly Zone in Libya.

President Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be the next ambassador of China.

UnitedHealth Group is protesting the loss of a massive military contract.

The Washington Post says DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar helped usher in the “Gang of Six” which says merely cutting speding will do little to tame the $14 trillion national debt. The group wants to tackle larger entitlement reforms.

A Somali American will also testify at the hearings on the radicalization of Muslims this week. DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is also scheduled to testify.

A bill to bag the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas regulations is a mixed bag for the biofuels industry. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.

The Wall St. Journal says a China-U.S. Aviation deal faces scrutiny. GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack is mentioned.

RNC Committeeman

Ben Golnik dropped his bid to become RNC Committeeman.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker rebuffs Democrats’ request for a meeting.

The Wisconsin Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint against Walker.

Race for President

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann said on CNN this morning that she’ll announce her presidential intentions this summer.

Tim Pawlenty and four others took part in a forum of potential 2012 candidates in Iowa.

AP said Pawlenty quoted heavily from the bible during the forum.

Pawlenty also bragged about the partial government shutdown under his watch and his unallotments. One important note on each: The government shutdown occurred because Pawlenty and Democrats in the Legislature argued over how much taxes should be raised not whether they should be raised. Pawlenty won the argument with a 75 cent a pack cigarette fee. Pawlenty’s unallotments were ruled unconstitutional by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

On Fox’s Greta, Pawlenty said he would implement a No Fly Zone on Libya.

The New York Times says candidates aren’t running yet even if voters are energized.

Bachmann dropped one of the stops on her three tour swing for the Iowa Family Leader’s lecture series.

Has Bachmann bumped Sarah Palin as the Tea Party Queen?