The Daily Digest

Gov. Dayton and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will hold a meeting in Stillwater today to discuss a new bridge there.

GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers and GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch will be on MPR’s Midmorning today at 9am.

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate released the budget spreadsheet for the judiciary and public safety budgets. It makes deeper cuts than Gov. Dayton to public defenders and the BCA. It also cuts funding for the Human Rights Department in half.

On Thursday, Dayton revived the early learning council.

Dayton said the debate over teachers at the State Capitol can be unfair.

The chair of the House K12 Finance committee says he intends to eliminate integration funding for schools. The full budget bill will get its hearing on Monday.

The Tax Incidence Study shows that wealthier Minnesotans pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes than middle income Minnesotans.

Dayton will now act on a federal tax conformity bill now that the House and Senate passed it. It would also repay delayed business refunds.

Dayton will also have to act on a bill that would increase the penalty for anyone harming a police dog.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers says GOP Rep. Mark Buesgens should seek help. Buesgens was pulled over and admitted to drinking. He was below the legal limit but violated terms of his probation.

Business groups spent the most on legislative and administrative lobbying in 2010.

The MN Supreme Court is telling former justices to wait three years before appearing before the court. The standard practice, according to several justices, was one year.

A bill banning human cloning rankles researchers and bio-business leaders.

The drawing of the political maps can begin now that the Census figures have been released.

Here’s how the districts have to change.

Congress

The UN authorized all necessary measures against Libya including a no fly zone.

The U.S. Senate voted for a continuing resolution that would keep the government running for three weeks.

MPR says the federal budget cuts that have passed will have a minimal impact on Minnesota. But the next round of cuts could be deeper.

The House voted to defund NPR. Minnesota’s delegation split along party lines.

President Obama is set to depart on a five day trip to Latin and South America.

DFL Sen. Al Franken says he wants to penalize oil companies that have reserved federal land but haven’t drilled there yet.

The MedTech industry is lobbying for a tax credit. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is pushing for the subsidy.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum will attend an event that features the installation of solar panels at the St. Paul RiverCentre. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will be there too.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison criticized a GOP backed bill that would cut federal funding to help upgrade abandoned properties.

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack opened an office in the Duluth Federal Building.

Cravaack is headed to the Middle East next week.

Japan

An official in Japan says the disasters have overwhelmed the government.

Race for Senate

Women Winning will hold a fundraiser for DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar next week.

Race for President

President Obama’s donors are asked to raise $350,000 each this year.

Tim Pawlenty will be in Tennessee next week.

No word on whether he’ll use his southern drawl when he’s there. MPR says Pawlenty’s twang has taken many in Minnesota by surprise.

Pawlenty will also be in New Hampshire on April 15th.

The Wall St. Journal says GOP leaders are split on military cuts. Pawlenty says he wants to preserve defense spending.

The Huffington Post says Pawlenty hired a Canadian filmmaker for his video news releases.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will be in South Carolina on April 15th.

She will also appear with a Christian home school group in Iowa next week.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s son doesn’t want Barbour to run for President. He wrote the e-mail to conservative columnist William Kristol after Kristol penned a column T-Paw vs. Hee-Haw.

  • Karl

    T-Paw vs Hee Haw? Given Pawlenty’s recent contrived southern accent, it’s hard to tell which one he is. But I bet Tennessee audiences won’t be fooled by a phony drawl from a hollow little man from Minnesota.