|THURSDAYTAKE: Gov. Mark Dayton is “unbound” and relaxed by all accounts. This could cut both ways for his State of the State tonight. Dayton has never been a great orator, and his awkward speeches delivery often times has made the audience uncomfortable – despite his ability to effectively make a case for his initiatives. Meanwhile, after years as a communication consultant for politicos, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith knows all the tricks to effectively deliver a great speech. She’s likely his main coach and advisory on the speech. Dayton’s popularity is strong across Minnesota, the election spoke volumes about Minnesotan’s trust for him. Tonight as he pushes his budget plans, roads and bonding his opportunity is to show passion and depth. His trip lines could be a partisan rant and give Republicans an opportunity appear as the compromising party at the Capitol. Either way Dayton has more to lose with a bad speech than what he has to gain by a good speech. No one expects a great speech.
SESSION: Here is a list of today’s committees and bills being heard. SEE: http://bit.ly/1apmB2h
TODAY: At 7 PM, Governor Mark Dayton will deliver his State of the State Address to a joint session of the Minnesota Legislature.
TODAY: Lt. Governor Tina Smith will meet with commissioners and staff throughout the day. At 7:00pm, the Lt. Governor will attend Governor Mark Dayton’s State of the State Address to a joint session of the Minnesota Legislature.
TODAY: At 7:50 AM, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will be on the Morning News with Dave Lee.
STREAMED: WCCO Radio will broadcast the Governor’s speech live tonight at 7 PM. Most other media will live stream the speech on their website.
TODAY: Sen. Amy Klobuchar will flirt with the Iowa border today with visits to Worthington, Jackson, Fairmont and Lewisville on her “competitive agenda” tour of Southern Minnesota.
TODAY: At 8:20, Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be on WCCO Radio Morning News with Dave Lee.
TODAY: Snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2009 while training for the Olympics, will stop by Hennepin County Medical Center’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center at 10 AM to visit with and encourage TBI patients.
TODAY: The Dept. of Public Safety will hold a news converence today at Valley Fair at 12 noon about distracted driving. Via the news advisory VERBATIM: “Drivers with their eyes on their phones will discover that law enforcement will have their eyes on them during an upcoming extra distracted driving enforcement campaign in Minnesota…The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is holding a news conference to announce the statewide campaign that runs April 13-18.”
DAYTON: via Tom Scheck of MPR, VERBATIM: “Freed from the political pressures of a next election, Gov. Mark Dayton says he's ready to battle it out on issues he views as crucial to Minnesota's future….Last week, he walked into a room filled with farmers in Worthington, Minn., to argue for his environmental plan enforcing 50-foot buffer strips between crops and water. He met fierce resistance from growers who worried the idle land would cost them money…Dayton didn't back down and jabbed at Joe Smentek, the Minnesota Soybean Council's environmental affairs director. "This is not a new subject," Dayton said. "This has been going on. It was going on when I worked for (then-governor) Rudy Perpich 30 years ago. The water is getting worse."…Dayton made it clear in an interview that Minnesotans should expect more of that same pugnacious style in his remaining three-plus years in power. He'll talk about some of his priorities Thursday evening in his State of the State speech. QUOTE: "I'm impatient," he said. "I can sit back and be safe with the economy doing well, with 3.7 percent unemployment, and just coast to the end. Or I can go out there and do things that improve the state that may not be popular right now."…Dayton says he won't run for re-election or for any other office. His legacy plans, however, risk running into a legislative buzz saw as lawmakers worry about their re-elections.” READ: http://bit.ly/1y7MPkJ
HISTORY: via David Montgomery of the Pioneer Press, VERBATIM: “A Pioneer Press review found 23 specific ideas Dayton has floated in his four State of the State addresses. Of those, 13 were substantially achieved in that year, while two more were enacted several years after Dayton proposed them…The 13 successful ideas range from minor proposals such as having a short legislative session in 2014 to big-ticket items such as legalized same-sex marriage and the Minnesota Vikings stadium bill….Another seven ideas were largely not enacted. Federal officials have stymied Dayton’s call for less standardized testing in schools, while the state government shut down in 2011 despite Dayton’s call to avoid that precise outcome. Dayton got some of what he wanted in 2011 and 2012 proposals for bonding bills, but the final result in each case was much smaller than his request….The governor’s 2011 proposal for all-day kindergarten was a failure in its first year but enacted later on. The jury’s still out on his follow-up proposal for universal prekindergarten, for which he set a 2018 deadline…Here’s a look at some of Dayton’s more notable proposals from his four State of the State addresses and the results he achieved:” READ: http://bit.ly/1IvxldU
SUNDAYS: via Briana Bierschbach at MinnPost, VERBATIM: “There are two words no lawmaker wants to hear while trying to pass a bill into law: “Informational only.”..But that’s where supporters of a push to lift Minnesota’s 80-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales find themselves. On Wednesday, two proposals to address the prohibition will get their first — and possibly only — hearing this year, in the House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee, and the “informational” tag on the gathering means no votes will be taken. One proposal seeks to lift the Sunday ban altogether, while another would allow local governments to choose whether liquor stores could sell booze on Sundays…In other words, it’s probably the beginning of the end — once again — for Sunday booze sales in Minnesota, a recurring failure that can be perplexing to the 99 percent of Minnesotans who don’t spend their time at the statehouse. Politically, the issue unites residents right and left, urban and rural, with polling consistently showing overwhelming support for lifting the ban… MORE: House Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Hoppe didn’t include Sunday sales in his broader “omnibus” liquor bill because it was too controversial, he said. The next option for supporters is to move the proposal as an amendment to the larger liquor bill on the House floor. If an amendment is successful in the House, supporters in the Senate can try to open up the debate in the upper chamber. READ: http://bit.ly/1CktI3g
CIGARS: via the Star Tribune from Patrick Condon, VERBATIM: “Minnesota’s budget is well in the black, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers think that makes this a fine time to cut taxes on fancy cigars…A loose group of specialty tobacco store owners, backed by a national trade organization of cigar manufacturers and importers, want lawmakers to roll back a portion of the tobacco tax increases that the Legislature approved and Gov. Mark Dayton signed in 2013. Anti-smoking activists, accustomed to political victories in recent decades, are fighting back with evidence that higher tobacco taxes reduce smoking rates….Cigar shop owners say the hefty spike in the state tax on a single premium cigar has all but wiped out what’s admittedly a niche market: people willing to pay $100 or more for a box of 10 cigars.” MORE: “They’re going to have to decide if they want a tax break for tobacco companies and merchants at a time when they’re proposing cuts to health care programs,” Molly Moilanen, a lobbyist for ClearWay Minnesota, said of House Republicans. ClearWay Minnesota is an independent nonprofit group that lobbies for reducing tobacco use. READ: http://strib.mn/1CsNuJc (SPONSORED: ClearWay Minnesota)
STPAUL: via the Pioneer Press’ Josh Vargas and Jamie DeLage, VERBATIM: “St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva is one of four finalists to lead Florida's Palm Beach County school district…During a public meeting Wednesday, a search firm recommended Silva and seven others from a pool of 72 applicants. Individual board members added several others before ranking their top choices…Silva and three others are scheduled to interview with the Palm Beach County school board April 16…At this point, Silva appears to be the board's No. 2 choice. Six of the seven board members had Avossa among their top three choices. Silva made five board members' top three…Silva, 53, has worked for the St. Paul school district for 27 years and has been superintendent since late 2009. She received a three-year contract extension in March that would take her through 2018.” READ: http://bit.ly/1DMaWbf
MOVE: Pioneer Press reporter Doug Belden is headed to Wm. Mitchell College of Law to serve as Asst. Director of Marketing.
BDAYS: Chamber guy Tom Snell, the Senator’s Dad Jim Klobuchar, lobbyist Allyson Hartle, Clockwork’s Nancy Lyons
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POLARISDAY: via news release, VERBATIM: “Roseau, Minnesota, Mayor Jeff Pelowski has declared April 8 – 4/08 – as "Polaris RMK Day" in Roseau as the day’s date reflects the dry weight – only 408 pounds – of the new 2016 Polaris 800 PRO-RMK® 155 snowmobile. This all-new lightweight Deep Snow model is built at the Polaris manufacturing facility in Roseau on the new, patented, raised AXYS® RMK Chassis.” READ: http://bit.ly/1aKdcTM
MPLSFED: via Ann Saphir at Reuters, VERBATIM: “Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota on Tuesday laid out a case for waiting until the second half of 2016 to start raising interest rates, and to then raise them gradually to just 2 percent by the end of 2017. It was the first time the dovish policymaker detailed his preferred path for "late and slow" rate hikes. His remarks afterwards to reporters suggest he is increasingly worried that market expectations for nearer-term rate rises, fueled by comments from many of Kocherlakota's Fed colleagues, could knock the wind out of the economic recovery… Most Fed policymakers, including Fed Chair Janet Yellen, believe the Fed will need to start raising rates this year as the labor market improves and begins to put upward pressure on excessively low inflation. The U.S. central bank has kept rates near zero since December 2008.” READ: http://reut.rs/1NTrvRP
MORE: via Tim Worstall at Forbes, VERBATIM: “This isn’t exactly a great surprise, thatNarayana Kocherlakota thinks that the Federal Reserve should be raising interest rates much later rather than earlier or soon. What is interesting though is the reason he’s giving for delaying on this measure. It’s not the one that many, Krugman and I for example, have been pointing to, but something entirely different… Kocherlakota is making a very different argument. He’s saying that the very impressive job growth of the past year shows that we’re not in some form of stagnation. We are, late it is true, coming out of the cycle of recession. So, we should leave interest rates low so that this process can continue. Essentially, the argument is between those who think we should have low rates for structural reasons (Summers) and those who think we should for cyclical ones (Kocherlakota). The difference in these two views of course comes in the future.” READ: http://onforb.es/1aJRmQd FULLSPEECH: http://bit.ly/1FBm603
FRIDAY: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks before a morning session of the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Meeting and Convention.
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AVIANFLU: via Tom Polansek at Reuters, VERBATIM: “A lethal strain of bird flu has infected an eighth turkey flock in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey producer, in just over a month, officials said on Tuesday, a day after a team of epidemiologists arrived to investigate how the disease is spreading. Minnesota has detected five cases of the H5N2 flu, which can kill nearly an entire flock of poultry within 48 hours, in commercial turkey flocks since Thursday alone. Commercial poultry operations and backyard flocks in states ranging from Arkansas to Washington also have been infected with the deadly strain since the beginning of the year, triggering overseas buyers to limit imports of U.S. poultry from companies like Tyson Foods Inc and Pilgrim's Pride Corp. On Tuesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Japan and Taiwan imposed trade restrictions on poultry from Ontario after bird flu was confirmed in the province. The latest U.S. infection of the H5N2 flu was the second case in two days to be found inKandiyohi County, Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said… On Monday, a team of USDA epidemiologists arrived in Minnesota to investigate how the virus is making its way into turkey flocks, said Erica Gunderson, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. State officials asked the U.S. government to send the team because they needed help responding to the increasing number of infections, she added… The USDA has said it believes migratory ducks are spreading the flu, but does not know exactly how the virus is moving into poultry flocks from wild birds… Farmers in Minnesota raise about 46 million turkeys a year, accounting for more than $600 million in income, according to the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.” READ: http://reut.rs/1IK4RtJ USDA: http://1.usa.gov/1FBZDQn
THURSDAY: via Darin Newsom at DTN, VERBATIM: “USDA will release its latest Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports at 11 a.m. CDT Thursday… Pre-report estimates pegged corn ending stocks at 1.851 billion bushels, versus USDA's March report of 1.777 bb, partially in response to the larger-than-expected March quarterly stocks figure of 7.744 bb. DTN second quarter stocks analysis results in an ending stocks projection of 1.82 bb. Any increase seen is expected to be tied to reduced export demand, with weekly shipments running 9 percentage points behind average pace through 30 weeks of the marketing year. The average pre-report estimate for domestic soybeans came in at 371 million bushels, down slightly from USDA's March projection of 385 mb… Domestic wheat ending stocks had an average pre-report estimate of 690 mb, near unchanged from USDA's March projection of 691 mb.” READ: http://bit.ly/1PkigOa
CORN: via Minnesota Cornerstone, VERBATIM: “In its 2015 Prospective Plantings report,USDA forecasts Minnesota farmers will increase corn, soybean and wheat plantings. Corn farmers will plant 4 percent more acres than the previous year, and wheat acres will also increase 4 percent. In the case of corn and wheat this counters the national trend, where overall corn acres are expected to drop 2 percent and wheat acres will be down 3 percent. USDA predicts Minnesota farmers will plant 8.5 million acres to corn this year, up from 8.2 million acres in 2014… The forecast of 8.5 million corn acres in Minnesota is still fewer corn acres than were planted in Minnesota in 2013 (8.6 million acres). From that perspective, Minnesota is in line with the national trend, which points to an overall loss of about 1 percent of corn acres from the previous year. The reduction in acres reflects farmers responding to lower crop prices. Recent reports on corn stocks — higher than expected — resulted in a bearish market.” READ:http://bit.ly/1PkigOa
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