Daily Digest: Dayton has cancer

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday. We learned more about Gov. Mark Dayton’s health and his budget proposal Tuesday. That’s where we’ll start the Digest.

1. Gov. Dayton revealed Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  The news came while he was addressing his health a day after collapsing during his State of the State address. Later in the day he went to Mayo Clinic for a checkup.  The fainting spell Monday night “was situational and related to standing for a long time while giving his speech and possible dehydration. It is not related to his prostate cancer diagnosis,” said Mayo Clinic spokesperson Karl Oestreich. Dayton said the cancer would not keep him from serving the final two years of his term.  (MPR News)

2. Dayton on Tuesday rolled out a $45.8 billion two-year budget proposal stressing health care, education and transportation. The general fund budget plan includes $1.2 billion in new spending and uses almost all of the projected $1.4 billion budget surplus, but his proposal to create a public health care option would spend relatively little in taxpayer money. He’s calling for a 2 percent increase in the K-12 per-pupil funding formula each of the next two years. The cost of the increase is $371 million, and he wants another $75 million for preschool. Republicans said the DFL governor’s plan spends too much and relies too heavily on tax and fee increases. (MPR News)

3. A measure that would charge protesters for the costs to police major civil disruptions got preliminary approval at the Capitol Tuesday. The Republican proposal would allow local authorities to sue some protesters if they’re convicted of protest-related crimes. DFL lawmakers and protesters pushed back. (MPR News)

4. President Trump on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for construction of two oil pipelines that the Clinton administration had blocked, the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access.  Trump said his administration is “going to renegotiate some of the terms” of the Keystone project, which would carry crude oil from the tar sands of western Canada and connect to an existing pipeline to the Gulf Coast. The State Department rejected a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, and President Obama ordered work halted on the Dakota pipeline after Native American groups and others protested its route near culturally sensitive sites in North Dakota. (NPR)

 5. The Trump administration imposed a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants as part of a broader communications clampdown within the executive branch. Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press detailed specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency’s social media accounts. The administration also ordered what it called a temporary suspension of all new business activities at the department, including issuing task orders or work assignments to EPA contractors. (AP)
  • tiffiny vanvorken

    # 1 Gov. Dayton should resign and retire and take it easy.
    # 2 Return the surplus to the taxpayer.
    # 3 have the organizers of the protesters pay for police protection and if they cause trouble and damage property, sue them and make them pay.
    The latest demonstrations were not a spontaneous outburst rallying for womens rights..
    It was sponsored by people with big money that hate Trump and want to derail the POTUS. George Soros and his gang is behind most of it.
    A few of my friends went to demonstrate thinking it was a “womens rights” rally.
    They realized later it was an “anti trump” rally. When they booed a speaker they were pushed around and told to “get out or else”.
    Of course the Dems objected, they are the ones causing the trouble.

    # 4 Bring on the oil. I don’t want oil tankers rolling thru my town.

    #5 Go Trump. Put the rouge EPA on notice.

    • Ralphy

      #1 Why?
      #2 Why?
      #3 Familiar with the 1st Amendment?
      #4 NIMBY. Fair enough. And others don’t want their drinking water poisoned. And treaties respected. And don’t want the planet cooked and poisoned. Maybe we should ask why we need to bring this oil to market?
      #5 That darn EPA. Doing their job, using science while protecting the environment! The very nerve! Makes one see red!

    • kevins

      I like rouge….compliments my blush when The Donald speaks.

      • tiffiny vanvorken

        typo dumbo

        • kevins

          typical.

  • wjc

    #4: Environmental disasters in the making.

    #5: The first target of fascist regimes is the free flow of information. Lying to the press and stopping the flow of information are typical. This is not impressive. I would think that our right-wing friends would value transparency. I guess that’s only when a Democratic president is in office.