The Daily Digest (Pension funds appeal, more local dough needed for Mayo deal; property tax relief for real?)

Health and human services spending gets a deep look today in Minnesota House and Senate committees.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is expected to announce today whether he’ll seek a third term as mayor.


House Tax Chair: Rochester, Olmsted County must kick in more for Mayo (MPR News)

“The chair of the Minnesota House taxes committee says she thinks Rochester and Olmsted County need to kick in more taxes to pay for local improvements as part of the Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center plan.”

Pension funds turn to Minnesota government for help (Star Tribune)

“Minnesota taxpayers and insurance policyholders may be on the hook for an additional $36 million a year to help prop up three struggling pension funds.”

House Dems detail property tax relief plan (MPR News)

“The plan includes a $157 million boost in funding for the Homestead Credit Refund, more than $15 million for a renter’s credit refund and a major re-tooling of the Local Government Aid payments to cities.”

Advocates push to close corporate tax loopholes in Minnesota (Star Tribune)

“Take Action Minnesota says that companies are avoiding paying millions in taxes, which either results in service reductions around the state or higher taxes for all Minnesotans.”

Dayton: Criticism of stadium financing plan is premature (MPR News)

“The governor said he does not believe the state needs to look for alternative funding sources beyond the suite tax and lottery game already in the law as backups.”

Voter fraud case over for 86-year-old St. Peter woman (Mankato Free Press)

“A felony voter fraud charge filed against an 86-year-old St. Peter woman who’d forgotten she voted twice in an election will be wiped from her record under an agreement brought to a judge Tuesday.”

Brodkorb suit against Senate moves closer to trial (Star Tribune)

“A federal magistrate is pushing Michael Brodkorb’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the Minnesota Senate closer to trial. Brodkorb alleges that he was treated differently than female staffers who previously had affairs with legislators.”

Protesters take to Capitol against HHS budget cuts (Star Tribune)

“Wheelchairs and chanting protesters crowded the Minnesota Legislature to rail against a planned $150 million cut in the state’s Health and Human Services budget.”

Tax credit for emergency responders moving through Legislature (KNSI)

“The bill would provide a $500 tax credit to volunteer firefighters, ambulance attendants or emergency medical responders. Supporters say it’s increasingly harder to get men and women to serve as volunteer firefighters.”

Minn. lawmakers embrace volunteer initiative (Associated Press)

“Minnesota lawmakers trying to encourage a spirit of volunteerism have signed up to volunteer tonight at St. Paul’s Dorothy Day Center.”


Obamacare credits could trigger surprise tax bills (Associated Press)

Background checks are still stumbling block in gun law overhaul (New York Times)

Budget cuts mean life without air shows for Blue Angels, Golden Knights, Thunderbirds (Washington Post)

As Obama begins fundraising swing, campaign finance watchdogs growl (Washington Post)

Corporations getting cold feet on tax reform (Politico)

Scientist: White House brain project among most ambitious (CBS News)

FBI busts alleged plot to rig NYC mayoral race (ABC News)