1) Gov. Mark Dayton’s “unsession” initiative has helped slash how long it takes to get an environmental permit in Minnesota and has made it easier to file taxes, the Pioneer Press reports.
Those are perhaps the most serious proposals among the 1,175 outdated and “silly” laws that Dayton’s initiative helped push off the books this session. In the first $450 million tax relief bill lawmakers passed this year is federal conformity, which will make it easier to square up with the government. And roughly 11,000 of 15,000 environmental permits will have a 90 day time frame, with the rest sitting at 150 days.
The governor said his push to remove unnecessary statutes helped get an inevitable process started quicker. “Things don’t get undone in government very readily,” Dayton said.
2) The GOP candidates for U.S. Senate are in full stride campaigning for the looming Republican convention in Rochester this weekend, the Star Tribune reports.
Businessman Mike McFadden told reporters while he was filing his campaign paperwork on Tuesday that: “Being able to be down in Rochester in front of 2,200 Republican delegates is a great opportunity to just once again talk about our message and how we are going to beat Al Franken.”
State Sen. Julianne Ortman began a $20,000 ad buy this week ahead of the convention, where she declares: “I’m a runner. I’m not fast. I’m not an athlete. But when I start, I finish.”
Ortman will abide by the endorsement, while McFadden is willing to primary a fellow Republican. State Rep. Jim Abeler, who is a longer-shot candidate, released a wide ranging list of state legislative supporters over the weekend.
3) Former GOP state Rep. Jim Knoblach failed to post a required $11 million bond by the Tuesday deadline necessary to continue his legal fight against the $90 million Senate office building project, the Associated Press reports.
The Court of Appeals would throw out the case without the bond, which is intended to shield taxpayers if delays on the project hiked its cost. Knoblach will file an appeal with the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.
COMINGS & GOINGS