The Daily Digest

There’s less than two weeks to go until the end of the legislative session. Governor Dayton and GOP lawmakers are no closer to a budget deal.

Dayton told the Pioneer Press that he’s willing to scale back his income tax hike on Minnesota’s top earners if the GOP drops its insistence on balancing the budget through spending cuts alone. The GOP says it won’t raise taxes.

Monday’s end of session “Tempest in a Teapot” focused on veterans issues (again). Dayton says GOP leaders should specify in their budgets that they don’t want to cut Vet services. The request came from the head of the American Legion. GOP Sen. Mike Parry says Dayton is “no leader” but won’t say if he’ll specify in the budget that he’ll protect Veterans services.

The House Redistricting Committee and the Senate Redistricting Committee hold hearings today on the proposed maps. On Monday, House Republicans released their proposed Congressional map. The proposal protects every incumbent and gives GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack a more friendly district.

Here’s a look at the maps.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says the GOP plan “doesn’t make any sense.”

Tidbit: Don’t expect Democrats in the House or Senate to propose a new map at either hearing. They aren’t happy with the process the GOP used to release the maps and are wondering if the GOP will be interested in compromising after Dayton vetoes the plan.

Nearly half of Twin Cities mortgage holders are under water.

Minneapolis unveils a Vikings stadium plan. The Vikings don’t like it. The plan is getting a mixed reaction from others too.

The latest Star Tribune poll says most still oppose a public subsidy for the Vikings.

A new report says the Minnesota River is still ailing.

Reduced lunch pay policies are causing some students to go hungry.

Author Neil Gaiman will make another Legacy Fund appearance.

Congress

GOP House Speaker John Boehner says he wants trillions of dollars in cuts in exchange for lifting the debt ceiling.

President Obama will discuss immigration in Texas today.

President Obama’s health care law creeps closer to the high court.

The federal government gave Minnesota $5 million for high-speed rail to Duluth.

DFL Sen. Al Franken holds a hearing today on privacy issues regarding smart phones and apps.

Race for President

Newt Gingrich is running for president.

Some of Iowa’s top GOP donors are headed to New Jersey with the hopes of convincing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to run.

NPR profiles GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The Iowa Independent says Pawlenty tops their rankings.

Tweet of the Day

Is Tarryl Clark’s Duluth condo for sale yet?

-MPR’s Bob Collins after the GOP redistricting plan put DFL Rep. Collin Peterson in a northern Minnesota district. A spokesman for Clark, who announced on Sunday that she was moving to Duluth to challenge GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack, says Clark is committed to running but didn’t say if she’d run in Duluth or St. Cloud.

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