The Daily Digest: Gas tax plan gets low marks

Good morning!

In Minnesota

Gov. Dayton’s plan to raise gas taxes to cover new transportation spending isn’t going down well with voters according a new survey. (KSTP)

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate say they want more money going to public schools with fewer strings attached. (MPR News)

Are those commissioner raises everyone’s been debating automatically take effect or will Dayton have to take affirmative steps to raise pay? No one is quite sure. (Star Tribune)

A new report from the Institute for Justice shows that some Minnesota candidates benefited from new donation rules in 2014. (MPR News)

At the beginning of 2014, just 9.5 percent of Minnesotans lacked health insurance, the fourth-best rate in the country. As of the start of 2015, that uninsured rate is now 7.4 percent, 2.1 percentage points lower. (Pioneer Press)

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency officials warned that a bipartisan push at the Capitol to ease state water pollution standards could lead the federal government to assert control of water rules. (MPR News)

A group of 13 state lawmakers has sent a letter to University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and Minnesota-Duluth chancellor Lendley Black demanding more disclosure about UMD’s decision not to renew the contract of Bulldogs women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller. (Pioneer Press)

National Politics

President Obama vetoed a bill that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline, making good on a threat to reject a proposal embraced by Republicans as a jobs measure but opposed by environmentalists as contributing to climate change. (USA Today)

Senate Republicans offered a new proposal to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security this weekend, but it faced an uncertain future after Democrats demanded assurances that the House would support it. (Washington Post)

After warning potential shoppers at the Mall of America over the weekend to be “particularly careful” about visiting due to a terrorist threat, the top official at the Department of Homeland Security has clammed up. (MPR News)

The Federal Communications Commission is set to offer so-called net neutrality rules for Internet regulation on Thursday that have tech companies pleased while angering the telecom industry. (New York Times)

  • tallpaul

    Just so you know Mark, when you raise my costs to do business, I raise my prices more. So if you add 5%, I add 10%. Unless my customer is a democrat then I charge them 15% more than anyone else. If they’re a democrat in Mpls, I charge them 20% more than anyone else. Keep it up.