The Daily Digest (Lawmakers on break, Same-sex marriage backers run ads, E-pulltabs in question)

Good morning.

The Legislature is taking its Easter/Passover break. Legislative leaders will spend the week making their pitches on the budget.

Gov. Dayton will hold a town hall meeting in Moorhead to discuss his budget plan.

Democrats are also looking to pass a bonding bill with $800 million of projects.

Dayton’s budget would slash unemployment insurance taxes for business.

The Star Tribune says gambling firms drove a flawed Minnesota e-pulltab funding plan.

The Star Tribune says a Minnesota just OKs the new social studies standards.

The push to legalize same-sex marriage will hit the airwaves this week. Project 515 will start running ads this week encouraging the public to encourage the Legislature to pass the bill into law this year. You can watch the ads here and here.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday on cases involving the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The Pi Press says postal workers and others rallied to keep Saturday mail.


The U.S. Senate passed a $3.7 trillion budget.

DFL Sen. Al Franken is holding several public events this week during the Easter/Passover break. He’ll discuss his work in the Senate at a an event at the news conference at the State Capitol this morning. Franken is up for reelection in 2014.

NPR says a startling number of people have filed for disability

GOP opposition to Medicaid expansion seems to be softening.

The FAA will close 149 air traffic control towers as a result of federal spending cuts.

Two of those towers will close in Minnesota.