The Daily Digest (GOP lawmakers agree on K12 shift buy back, Senate released $500 million bonding bill, Santorum in Hudson on Friday)

A joint House/Senate conference committee has reached agreement on a plan to start paying back the K12 school shift.

The House is expected to take up the HHS budget bill and a plan that borrows $221 million to renovate the State Capitol during today’s floor session.

The House Ways and Means Committee narrowly approved a $280 million bonding bill. It needs 81 votes to pass the full House.

The Senate is expected to take up its bonding bill on Friday.

Senate Republicans put forward a $496 million bonding bill.

Here are some of the details of the Senate bonding bill.

The Pi Press says Senate DFLers are accusing Republicans of keeping St. Paul and Mankato projects off the list as retribution for the ethics complaint against GOP Sen. Geoff Michel. GOP Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem disputes it.

St. Paul business leaders vow to keep fighting for the Saints stadium.

Business leaders say they’ll continue to push for the Southwest light rail line.

A Mankato sports center is also off the list.

DFL Chair Ken Martin decries Senate GOP behavior on an ethics complaint against GOP Sen. Geoff Michel.

The PoliGraph says a claim about provisional ballots is misleading.

The Senate ok’d a bill that would allow alcohol sales at TCF Bank stadium.

The Senate also passed a bill that would allow for the creation of accounts for part-time workers.

The state is setting health standards for emerging contaminants.

Vikings Stadium

Stadium supporters are hoping to cut a deal with Allied Charities of Minnesota soon and still get hearings going this week.

The Star Tribune takes a look at the e-mail between Minneapolis city officials to get the support for the Vikings stadium.


Justices were sympathetic to some health overhaul provisions but hinted that it could void the health care law.

The U.S. House blasted a budget plan based on President Obama’s 2013 plan.

They also defeated a bipartisan budget plan.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum says Twin Cities transit projects are threatened under the House GOP budget.

GOP Rep. John Kline is pushing to restore benefits to returning National Guard members.


U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis says the economic recovery is “very sure.”

Pentair acquired Tyco for $5 billion.

Returning soldiers may have trouble finding jobs.

Race for Congress

The NRCC is launching an ad campaign against DFL Rep. Collin Peterson.

Race for President

Rick Santorum holds a campaign event in Hudson, WI on Friday.

WIN Minnesota director Jeff Blodgett will run President Obama’s Minnesota campaign.

AP says President Obama has spent millions more than his GOP counterparts on a campaign operation focused on the general election.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed Mitt Romney.

AP says Romney is now in the “mop-up” phase of the campaign.

Romney and Newt Gingrich held a secret meeting on Saturday but Gingrich says he has made no deal to leave the race.

Democrats are pounding Romney for joking about his father’s decision to close an auto plant.

Vice-President Joe Biden says Romney is consistently wrong on jobs.

Biden mistakenly thanked Dr. Pepper during a speech.

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