The Daily Digest (Dayton hears from border businesses, E-pull tab revenue questioned, Bachmann investigated)

Gov. Dayton holds a town hall forum in St. Cloud today to discuss his budget plan.

MPR reports that Dayton received some criticism from business leaders in Moorhead about the impact of his plan on border businesses.

Gov. Dayton told the AP yesterday that he didn’t know the source of the e-pull tab estimates that would pay for the Vikings stadium.

“MPR”:http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/03/26/dayton-administration-said-in-2011-e-pulltab-predictions-relied-on-gambling-industry/ has a look at what Dayton’s Administration said they knew about the revenue estimates as lawmakers debated funding for the Vikings stadium.

House DFL leaders “make their case”:http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/25/politics/dfl-all-day-kindergarten for funding All-Day Kindergarten.

Meanwhile, health care groups are “lining up against”:http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/03/health_care_gro.shtml the DFL’s health care cuts.

The U of M “fired”:http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/25/sports/tubby-smith-fired men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith. The cost of the buyout is $2.5 million. The U of M’s Athletic Director said taxpayers shouldn’t consider it a buyout but an “investment.” He said the U will pay for the buyout with athletic department funds.

Legislation would “scrap graduation tests”:http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/25/education/scrap-graduation-tests-for-new-assessment-measures for new assessment measures

The Legislative Auditor will “examine the Minnesota Orchestra”:http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/25/arts/state-auditor-to-investigate-mn-orchestra.

“AP”:http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/25/business/xcel-energy-reduces-minn-rate-hike-request?refid=0&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MPR_Business+%28Business+from+Minnesota+Public+Radio%29 says Xcel Energy reduces Minn. rate hike request.

**Congress**

The U.S. Supreme Court “holds hearings”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-historic-moment-for-same-sex-marriage-arrives-before-supreme-court/2013/03/25/c8d85442-95ad-11e2-b6f0-a5150a247b6a_story.html?hpid=z1 today on whether there is a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is being “investigated”:http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/25/politics/bachmann-ethics-investigation for possible campaign finance violations

DFL Sen. Al Franken “pushed additions to the Senate budget”:http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/25/politics/franken-medical-device-tax.

**Finally**

The Digest is taking a break for the rest of the week. The blog will still be active but we won’t be getting up at 6am to do it.