The Daily Digest (Dayton-business relations frayed, Cravaack staff raises paid; gov’s re-election plans made?)

It’s a quiet day at the Capitol as Minnesota lawmakers wind down their spring break. The session returns in force on Tuesday.

In Minneapolis today, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz will discuss their efforts to restore benefits to wrongly discharged military veterans.


For Dayton and some business leaders, tensions bubble to the surface (MPR News)

“Chamber officials accuse Dayton of misrepresenting Minnesota’s business climate and dismissing their concerns about raising taxes on top earners. Chamber President David Olson meets Tuesday with top Dayton officials to discuss the tension.”

Lame-duck Cravaack handed out large raises to his staff (Star Tribune)

“Former U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack awarded his staff some of the largest salary increases in Congress last year as he left office. Salaries in the Eighth District congressman’s office rose 80 percent during his final months.”

Minnesota Legislature’s session half over, but not its work (Pioneer Press)

“More than 3,000 bills have been introduced in the House and Senate in the first half of the session. Gov. Mark Dayton has signed just nine into law.”

Amid turbulent session, Dayton looks to re-election (Associated Press)

“The re-election bid would be a first in Dayton’s long political career. In his two previous stints in elected office, as state auditor and U.S. senator, Dayton twice surprised Minnesota political watchers by bowing out after one term.”

Young undocumented dreamers find doors opening in Minnesota (Star Tribune)

“Aided by political winds blowing in their favor, hundreds of young undocumented immigrants in Minnesota embrace newfound freedoms.”

Hmong vets memorial could soon be realized (Pioneer Press)

“State Sen. Foung Hawj, DFL-St. Paul, has sponsored a bill to support the design and construction of the proposed Hmong and Lao Veterans Commemorative Memorial on the State Capitol grounds, next to the Vietnam memorial.”


Ten moments that have mattered in Congress this year (Washington Post)

Hagel warns of squeeze at the Pentagon (New York Times)

GOP senator: Pro-same-sex marriage Republican candidate “inevitable” (CBS News)

Not even Chief Justice Roberts can escape credit card fraud (ABC News)

GOP: Building Keystone XL a “no-brainer” (CBS News)