Blois Olson returns after a week’s vacation…..
The Eden Prarie Republican met with Mark Ritchie yesterday.
Hamline Law Professor David Schultz pinch hits for Blois Olson.
A working group of Minnesota lawmakers is taking a deep look at health care billing and regulations. The Fraud Prevention Working Group was scheduled to meet Thursday at the Capitol.
Minnesota government officials say they’ve activated a special contingency team to assess the potential impact of the federal government’s partial shutdown. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter took the step Tuesday.
A committee of the Minnesota Senate is meeting to vote on a $30,000 lawsuit settlement for an ex-aide who was fired after revelations of his affair with the majority leader.
Minnesota schools will learn Monday how much the state will pay them to settle up on some big IOUs. Lawmakers temporarily shaved more than $2 billion in payments to schools in recent years to patch holes in state government’s budget.
Gov. Mark Dayton and firefighters from across Minnesota plan to gather in St. Paul to honor fallen firefighters. Since 1881, 208 Minnesota firefighters have died on the job. Their names have been inscribed on columns in the Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the State Capitol grounds, which was dedicated last year. Also, expected at Sunday’s memorial will be family members of fallen firefighters, the president of the International Association on Fire Chiefs and the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation president.
MNSure was among the topics for Blois Olson and Dave Lee Wednesday on the WCCO Morning News.
During a visit to Minnesota on Friday, a Taiwanese agriculture delegation formalized a letter of intent to purchase $3.5 billion in U.S.-grown soybeans and corn over the next two years. It’s not yet clear what share Minnesota farmers will fulfill in 2014 and 2015, but an official said the state’s crops have typically exceeded 10 percent of the volume in prior arrangements with Taiwan.
On Monday, Governor Mark Dayton signed an emergency bill into law, sending disaster aid to Minnesota counties hit hard by a week of severe summer storms in June. Eighteen Minnesota counties – including the largest, Hennepin County – were hit by high winds, torrential rains and widespread flooding during the five days of storms. Damage was heavy in the southeastern part of the state, where lawmakers – including Republican Rep. Greg Davids of Preston – thanked Minnesotans for their help.
A joint House-Senate committee is beginning the work of developing a storm disaster aid package that Minnesota lawmakers will consider in an emergency session next month. A working group for the Legislature was convening Wednesday night.
Minnesotans on one side of America’s divide on guns have urged lawmakers to ban firearms from the state Capitol, saying citizens have a right to feel free of intimidation when they participate in the democratic process.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he doesn’t expect his lieutenant governor to decide for months on whether she’ll run with him for a second term. The first-term Democrat addressed the issue Tuesday after Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon was quoted last week wavering about trying for re-election.
A Grammy-winning Minnesota duo can now say they’ve strummed their way through the state Capitol with a canoe in tow. The Minneapolis-based Okee Dokee Brothers held a quick show Tuesday in the governor’s office. Youngsters from a St. Paul early childhood education program were in the select audience.