The Daily Digest (Taxes proposed, retirees owed, convention door closed?)

Gov. Dayton’s budget and tax proposals are expected to be released this morning. They’ll likely dominate the political discussion on a busy legislative day at the Minnesota Capitol. MPR News will live blog on the proposals when they’re released.


Dayton’s budget a gamble on his political future (MPR News)

Key Dayton advisers suggest the governor’s plan, likely to include some higher taxes, will mark a cultural change in Minnesota government. But it’s also an agenda that could put him in a politically dicey position.

Sales tax on clothes likely for Dayton (Star Tribune)

“Likely targets for new or increased sales taxes include cigarettes, some consumer services and perhaps the most politically vexing target — a first-ever tax on clothing.”

DFL convention closed to public, press (St. Cloud Times)

“DFL delegates endorsed Joanne Dorsher for the House District 14A special election at a convention that was closed to the public and press.” Her campaign manager, worried about a ‘Republican tracker,’ said he decided to close the meeting.

Minnesota retirement plans are just 75% funded (Star Tribune)

“More than two years after the Legislature acted to shore up Minnesota’s public pension plans, some indicators show the plans are worse off than they were before the legislation.”

Three firms bid to build Vikings stadium (Pioneer Press)

“Getting a construction manager in place is the next big step in the process of putting up the stadium.” Finalists include Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis.

Obama Writes Note For Time Capsule In Ely (Associated Press)

“A handwritten note from President Barack Obama will be buried in a time capsule in Ely, not to surface for 50 years.”


Obama second term begins with sweeping agenda for equality (Washington Post)

Obama offers liberal vision: ‘We must act’ (New York Times)

GOP confident in debt ceiling bill (Politico)

Senate GOP leader’s email: Obama is “coming for your guns” (CBS News)

Bill to honor slain officer

Part of Minnesota Highway 23 in central Minnesota would be renamed as Officer Tom Decker Memorial Highway in honor of the Cold Spring police officer shot and killed in November.

Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, is expected to introduce the legislation today. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has introduced legislation to rename a post office in his honor. — Tom Scheck