Gov. Dayton and GOP legislative leaders are still far apart on a budget deal. On Monday, Republicans made a budget offer that agreed to spend what Dayton has requested for K12 and public safety and the courts. The $110 million in additional funding won’t come from new revenue but from the existing $34 billion the GOP wants to spend. Dayton says he’s pleased the GOP made an offer but says he wants the GOP to offer more revenue. The two sides are still $1.8 billion apart on the budget.
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The Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy meets today and Wednesday. MMB Commissioner Jim Schowalter and Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans will testify so no subpoenas will be needed.
Republicans also weren’t happy that Dayton skipped a K12 meeting in the morning.
The judge who oversaw the 2005 shutdown discusses what he considers an essential service.
The Taxpayers League started running an ad calling on lawmakers to hold the line on spending.
Under the Dome
U of M students could see tuition increases if the state delivers its “worst-case scenario” budget. The U of M budget would also cut $40 million.
Ramsey County declines to charge Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek with felony domestic assault.
Gov. Dayton’s legal counsel, Peter Wattson, is retiring on July 1.
The Ramsey County Charter Commission wants voters to have a say on the proposed sales tax increase.
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY, admits that the lewd photos of bulging underpants sent from his Twitter account were of him and that he sent the photo. He says he will not resign.
The White House says a troop drawdown in Afghanistan will be real.
Obama’s head of economic council, Austan Goolsbee, will leave his post.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is in Israel but failed to get a meeting with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu.
Race for the U.S. Senate
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, will hold a Saturday fundraiser for DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar in Minneapolis.
Race for President
The Washington Post-ABC News poll says President Obama lost the bounce he received after the killing of Osama Bin Laden. The biggest concern among voters is the economy. Mitt Romney is the strongest GOP candidate to face him in the poll. Obama is up nine percentage points on Pawlenty and eleven points on Michele Bachmann.
Tim Pawlenty will deliver his vision to improve the economy and his plan to erase the federal budget deficit during a speech today in Chicago. AP says he wants to lower corporate and individual income tax rates. He also wants to privatize the post office, Fannie and Freddie and Amtrak.
“If you can find a good or service on the Internet, then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it,” Pawlenty said in excerpted remarks. “The post office, the government printing office, Amtrak, Fannie (Mae) and Freddie (Mac) were all built for a time in our country when the private sector did not adequately provide those products. That’s no longer the case.”
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton ripped Pawlenty in the AP story for leaving the state in a budget mess.
“I think it’s ironic that he’s talking about a fiscal plan for the entire country when he left his state a mess,” Gov. Mark Dayton said in an interview. “He decided he was going to leave and left it to his successor. They knew they were going to kick this down the road.”
Pawlenty also wrote in a Chicago Tribune op-ed that he was forced to balance budgets as governor.
The Center for Public Integrity says Pawlenty’s closeness to Morgan Stanley could create image issues. Morgan Stanley executive Bill Strong is co-chair of Pawlenty’s presidential campaign.
CBS News says Michele Bachmann hired Ed Rollins to run her campaign.
Rick Santorum says he’s “In it to win it.”