Good morning, and happy Thursday. Here’s the Digest.

1. Some female lawmakers say sexual harassment training was offensive. Several Democratic women representatives — Jamie Becker-Finn, Peggy Flanagan and Ilhan Omar — walked out at the end of Wednesday’s all-day mandatory training session and described a sexual harassment presentation that they said cast the issue backward: sympathy for the harasser, and skepticism toward the harassed. “It was immensely disappointing,” said Becker-Finn, an attorney from Roseville who has prosecuted cases of abuse. “I have a victim-centric lens for things. This was the opposite.” Becker-Finn roughly quoted a particular slide during the presentation that stuck with her: ” ‘The most horrifying thing would be to be accused of being a harasser.’ To me, the most horrifying thing is to be assaulted.” “It was cruel,” said Rep. Erin Maye Quade later said as she offered sharp criticism of what House leaders had billed as a first step toward changing a male-dominated culture perceived by some as hallowed in chauvinism. “We shouldn’t have to go to work and tell every single person, ‘Do not flirt with me.’ And that’s how it felt.” (Pioneer Press)

2. Last year’s fights at the Minnesota Capitol aren’t over. Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he’ll push again this session to allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain Minnesota drivers licenses. Lawmakers passed a measure last year that prohibits the administration from taking such a step. Dayton argued at the time that the move was unnecessary, because legislative approval would be needed to make the change. During an appearance on MPR News Wednesday, Dayton said licensing unauthorized immigrants to drive would improve public safety. He said the prohibition is unwise and a wedge between immigrants and other Minnesotans. “It’s spiteful, it’s racist, and it just feeds into this just very, very destructive attitude right now toward people coming here from other countries,” he said. The governor also intends to try to repeal some tax changes that he objected to in the tax bill the Legislature passed last year. Dayton wants to repeal tax breaks for tobacco, business property and estates. His objections to those provisions last year led to his veto of House and Senate funding and a months-long court fight. (MPR News)

3. How can the 3M settlement money be spent? The settlement agreement Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson reached with 3M this week gives state officials broad authority in how the $850 million will be spent. While the settlement calls for the money to first go toward addressing contamination from perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, in the eastern Twin Cities suburbs, secondary uses for the money range from addressing the depletion of groundwater aquifers to building fishing piers to allow Washington County residents to fish on lakes not contaminated with PFCs. “This is fundamentally a natural resources damage lawsuit,” Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr told reporters Wednesday. “We sell over 50,000 fishing licenses a year in Washington County.” Landwehr said those anglers are limited to catch and release in some areas because of the contamination. He said $20 million of the settlement will be set aside for immediate projects to address PFC contamination affecting fish and wildlife, and additional funds could be available for things like fishing piers on lakes not affected by PFC fish consumption warnings. (MPR News)

4. The student movement against school shootings has spread to Minnesota. A couple hundred students walked out of school in Minneapolis Wednesday to call for stricter gun control. The students gathered just after midday in Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in south Minneapolis. Their rally happened on the same day as a demonstration in Washington, D.C. by students from the Parkland, Florida, high school where a gunman killed 17 people last week. The Minneapolis students brought signs reading “Not one more” and “What about my right to safety?” They chanted, “What do we want? Gun control. When do we want it? Now.” Washburn freshman Isabel Kleckner helped organize students from her school to attend. “It’s completely unreasonable that civilians should have access to assault rifles where they can go into schools and continue to shoot students who are there trying to learn. It just keeps happening, and after Parkland, students really took this movement.” (MPR News)

5. Calls for action on elder abuse. Dozens of elder abuse victims and their family members urged lawmakers on Wednesday to overhaul the state’s system for regulating senior care homes, saying current laws are poorly enforced and perpetrators are not adequately punished. Their calls for action came during an emotional, two-hour Senate committee hearing on the state’s handling of elder abuse complaints in senior homes. Leaders of the committee called the hearing to give victims and their relatives an opportunity to tell their stories of abuse. The hearing follows reports of multiple breakdowns in the state’s system for investigating maltreatment at senior care facilities that serve about 85,000 Minnesotans. A five-part Star Tribune series last November documented that hundreds of incidents of criminal abuse, including physical and sexual assaults, go uninvestigated each year by the state agency charged with protecting the elderly in senior homes. (Star Tribune)

Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he’ll push again this session to allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain Minnesota drivers licenses.

Lawmakers passed a measure last year that prohibits the administration from taking such a step. Dayton argued at the time that the move was unnecessary, because legislative approval would be needed to make the change.

During an appearance on MPR News Wednesday, Dayton said licensing unauthorized immigrants to drive would improve public safety. He said the prohibition is unwise and a wedge between immigrants and other Minnesotans.

“It’s spiteful, it’s racist, and it just feeds into this just very, very destructive attitude right now toward people coming here from other countries,” he said.

Dayton enacted the license prohibition as part of a larger budget bill. He later called on Republican legislative leaders to reverse the measure in a special session that never materialized.

The governor also intends to try to repeal some tax changes that he objected to in the tax bill the Legislature passed last year.

Dayton wants to repeal tax breaks for tobacco, business property and estates. His objections to those provisions last year led to his veto of House and Senate funding and a months-long court fight.

Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly told members of the Senate tax committee Wednesday that Dayton will make supplemental budget recommendations next month, including proposed changes to the state tax code to better align with the new federal law. Those recommendations will include the changes he wants to last year’s legislation.

It’s not clear yet whether Dayton will require the changes before he signs a tax conformity bill.

Senate Taxes Committee Chair Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, made it clear his session priority is federal conformity.

“It’s a historic opportunity for us to get something done,” he said. “And I hope we don’t have to revisit last year’s fight, and we can move forward with the current issue.”

Good morning, and happy Wednesday. Here’s the Digest.

1.  3M and Swanson settle water pollution case. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Tuesday announced an $850 million settlement in the state’s lawsuit against 3M over water contamination by perflurochemicals, or PFCs, in several east Twin Cities suburbs. A trial in the case had been set to begin with jury selection. The state had been seeking $5 billion in punitive damages from 3M. The settlement fund will be used for drinking water and water sustainability projects in areas affected by the contamination. Swanson said the money will come shortly in a single payment from 3M. The deal has been in the works for weeks, she said. The money from 3M will go toward remedying the problems caused by PFCs in the east metro, Swanson said, which could include constructing new wells, connecting people on private wells to municipal water sources, or cleaning up existing water supplies. (MPR News)

2. Walz shifts position on guns.  Minnesota U.S Rep. Tim Walz, a DFL candidate for governor this year, said Tuesday he’s backing an assault-weapons ban in Minnesota and other “common sense solutions” to stop gun violence. Walz has touted his support from the NRA in prior campaigns, donning a camouflaged NRA hat while running in a southern Minnesota district filled with rural towns. But the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week by a young gunman with an AR-15 assault rifle laid bare what has been a simmering divide as DFL candidates combined their condolences with calls to action. On Tuesday, Walz posted a statement saying that after hearing the “anger, grief and frustration” of people across Minnesota over gun violence, “I get it.” When asked if his change in position is because of heat he’s taking during the contest for the DFL endorsement for governor, Walz said he’s always learning. “As a legislator I’ve always been proud to say if the facts dispute our ideology, we change the ideology. And I have done that on numerous issues and this is one that I think I’m moving where the country is moving.” (MPR News)

3. Pawlenty says he’s still undecided. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he’s still weighing a jump into the 2018 governor’s race. But he also acknowledged that it’s still “an uphill climb” for Republican to win statewide office in Minnesota. “I’m still actively considering it and should have some further announcements and decisions about all of that in the coming weeks,” Pawlenty said in an impromptu interview with MPR News Tuesday at the state Capitol. Asked about the factors he’s weighing in deciding, he said there were many things to think about. “This is a state that I love, but it does tend towards the blue (Democrat) side of things and I’m a Republican, and so that’s an uphill climb for any Republican candidate who might choose to run in a statewide race,” he said. (MPR News)

4. Fischbach challenged on first day of the session.  As she has done in the past, Sen. Michelle Fischbach gaveled the Senate into session Tuesday and presided over its first day’s business. The difference this year is Fischbach is also Minnesota’s lieutenant governor, an office she ascended under the constitution when DFL Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Tina Smith to replace Al Franken as U.S. Senator. Sen. Ron Latz, DFL- St. Louis Park stood on the Senate floor to note that the constitution also expressly prohibits a legislator from holding another office. He believes Fischbach is no longer an authorized member of the Senate. “We want the record to reflect my objection to Lt. Gov. Fischbach presiding over the Senate,” he said.   “So noted,” Fischbach responded.  If Fischbach is forced to resign her Paynesville-area Senate seat, the vacancy would create a 33-33 tie in the Senate until a special election could be held.  Democrats hope for the chance to pick up that GOP-leaning district and win majority control. (MPR News)

5. Lawmakers head into sexual harassment training. Minnesota House members were ready to file into a room Wednesday for a private, daylong training session designed to ensure they are all aware of expectations about implicit bias, discrimination and sexual harassment. Attendance is a must. House Speaker Kurt Daudt said he’ll station staff at the committee room doors — not only to keep reporters and others out, but to keep legislators in. “I’ve told members that if you leave for more than 10 minutes, we’re going to mark you absent,” said Daudt, R-Zimmerman. And being absent will result in a type of public shaming — removal from all committee assignments. “Members can’t come in, check in and run up to their office for a 45-minute coffee break,” he said. “This is going to be something we are going to do all together as a team whether we think we need it or not.” (MPR News)

I’ll be talking with Gov. Mark Dayton on the radio this morning at 11. I hope you can listen on the radio or online.