The Daily Digest (Gov says wait til’ next year on Vikes, Tax bill talks continue, Mineral lease rights decision delayed)

Gov. Dayton and GOP leaders are trying to hash out a tax deal. They met privately three times on Tuesday and are hoping to find a way to craft a deal that will end the session.

Gov. Dayton says the Vikings stadium issue may be done until next year.

Vikings lobbyist Lester Bagley suggests “there is no next year” when asked about the stadium.

MPR also does a little sleuthing to see which DFL lawmaker backed off his commitment to support the stadium.

The Mesabi Daily News reports that the six-month delay in mineral leasing rights will continue, possibly until the council meets next June 6.

The Game and Fish bill hit a snag in the Minnesota Senate.

The Senate Ethics Committee deadlocks over a complaint against GOP Sen. Geoff Michel (Again!).

AP says there are questions as to how the Senate is paying the outside counsel that is advising the Senate GOP on legal matters related to a suit by Michael Brodkorb.

ALEC ends a committee that supported the “Stand your ground” bill.

The Senate expands the types of consumer fireworks for sale.

I-35E toll lanes zoomed ahead in the Senate.


The Washington Post says there may have been as many 21 women involved in the Secret Service scandal.

President Obama wants greater oversight of world oil markets.

The Senate is debating a bill that would help rescue the U.S. Postal Service.

The Senate backed off a plan to vote on a budget.

House Republicans use an arcane maneuver to tack the Ryan budget plan onto another piece of legislation.

Catholic bishops criticize the Ryan budget for cutting food stamps.

The Senate Ethics Committee issues guidance on the STOCK Act.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen supports a $46 billion tax cut to small businesses.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison testifies on racial profiling.

Race for U.S. Senate

Republican Kurt Bills will announce his legislative leadership team at a morning news conference. Here’s the list of legislative endorsements that he’s been handing out at conventions.

Race for Congress

Politico says the DCCC is aiming to spend $32 million on ads after Labor Day (including $2.9 million in the Twin Cities market).

The Star Tribune says money is pouring into the 8th District race.

Race for President

An aide to Mitt Romney has turned her focus on finding Romney’s running mate.

Romney warns of the “vast left-wing conspiracy.”

Several environmental groups intend to back President Obama.

  • THANKS to MPR for interviewing Erik Paulsen last year when the discussion concerned renewing the One Year payroll tax holiday which the congressmen voted for the 2010 to cut payroll taxes from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent, but now had second thoughts about extending it ONE YEAR.

    “I’m hesitant to support a simple extension of this tax cut because I’m not convinced it’s going to result in meaningful employment for folks, and I’m concerned we’re not going to see that going forward. I’d much rather have a longer-term solution,” said Paulsen, who sits on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. “You know, I think we saw this with George Bush’s tax rebates. It didn’t stimulate the economy.”

    Now, Mr. Paulsen is at the forefront advocating a $45.95 Billion tax cut for ONE YEAR that if he had read the report issued by The Joint Committee on Taxation highlights :

    The bill will potentially have small, temporary stimulative effects.

    The formula for determining the amount of the business deduction makes it possible for firms to maximize the deduction bonus without increasing output. Firms might not need to increase their productive capacity to take full advantage of the tax benefits of the bill. To the extent that firms could increase sales and or payroll to take advantage of the extra deduction without increasing longer-term costs, they can be expected to do that.

    the one year of tax savings provided by the bill is unlikely to make the costs of much investment in physical capital or labor recruitment and training worthwhile.

    Adding $45.95 Billion to the debt and hoping that “economic growth” will eventually pay for that tax cut is the fantasy economics.

    Instead of having a photo-op at the RNC, why didn’t Representative Paulsen uses a backdrop Third District businesses that have pledged to hire people if this tax cut is enacted … then at least unemployed people would know where to go to find jobs and taxpayers could see that “economic growth“.

    BTW, wanna know what “small businesses” qualifies for this program ? How about the Super Bowl Champions New York Giants and Oprah Winfrey (read more here)

  • RE : Politico says the DCCC is aiming to spend $32 million on ads after Labor Day (including $2.9 million in the Twin Cities market).

    Did you notice that the districts referenced in the ad buy are 1,2 and 8 – currently held by Democrat Walz and Republicans Kline and Cravaack.

    OK, so Walz has historically been on the RNC target list, so that might be necessary to protect the incumbent (although, it would be cheaper to run ads in the Rochester and Mankato markets than to rely on cable tv re-feeds from the Twin Cities stations) … and retaking the old Oberstar district is expected ….

    but including John Kline should send a strong message that as Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee that he will face a funded competitor (Kathleen Gaylord, Patrick Ganey or Mike Obermueller).

    Has anyone asked why Erik Paulsen whose Third District is rated Even by Cook (and is considered to be a Tier2 Battleground district) is not mentioned ?

    And, no mention of the Bachmann in the Sixth ?