The Daily Digest (State workers say benefits unfairly cut off, Disaster aid work continues, Changes ordered to Sex Offender program)

Several state employees say their family members were unfairly cut off from health benefits despite being eligible. The cuts came after the state conducted an audit to determine who is eligible.

Disaster aid work continues at the State Capitol.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that the St. Louis County Attorney has decided against pressing charges against DFL Rep. Kerry Gauthier. Police say Gauthier was engaged in sexual activity with a 17 year old boy at a rest stop.

A tax reciprocity deal between Minnesota and Wisconsin may be bogging down.

The Redistricting Panel awarded $345,000 in taxpayer money for attorney’s fees.

A federal judge has ordered the state of Minnesota to change the state’s sex offender program.

Dayton is commemorating the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. He condemned Gov. Ramney’s call for extermination or removal of Dakota people from Minnesota.

Wolf hunt opponents demonstrated outside of the Governor’s Residence.

Congress

7 U.S. troops died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

New rules are exposing bigger funding gaps for public pensions.

States aren’t submitting records to the gun database.

DFL Sen. Al Franken says the Justice Department should have been tougher on Verizon.

Economy

Minnesota added 6,800 jobs in July.

The S&P 500 is creeping towards a four-year high.

Race for the Legislature

GOP Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem says he’s not concerned about allegations of political work being done at the Capitol. DFL Party Chair Ken Martin is calling for an investigation.

Race for President

Mitt Romney says he’s paid at least 13 percent of his income in taxes.

Paul Ryan denied that he sought federal stimulus money even though he signed letters asking for money for Wisconsin projects.

A spokesman for President Obama says Medicare needs changes but warned against Romney’s plan.

The Star Tribune has an interesting story on a Minnesota resident who was offered a home brew made by President Obama.

  • Davin Fischer

    Governor “Ramney”? I assume this was a freudian typo… you may want to adjust that…