Senate passes unbalanced budget bill

The goal of this year’s legislative session is to solve Minnesota’s $5 billion budget deficit and create a budget our state can live on for the next two years. There’s a lot of disagreement about how to do this – cut spending, raise revenue, or a combination of both – but everyone has been in […] Read more

So far, budgets don’t balance at state Capitol

As I predicted last week, the Minnesota Senate spent most of this week debating budget bills on the Senate Floor. The body passed budgets for education, health and human services, state government, public safety, environment and natural resources, agriculture, and jobs and economic development. Next week, we will consider a tax bill and a transportation […] Read more

Senate Republicans adopt Enron-style accounting in latest budget bill

Ignoring the warnings of Minnesota’s non-partisan finance experts, Republicans in the Minnesota Senate pushed ahead with a State Government budget bill that relies on undocumented and unverifiable budget numbers to plug the state’s budget deficit. “This is nothing more than Enron-style accounting,” said Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, the Senate DFL lead on the State Government […] Read more

Sen. David Tomassoni Participates in Capitol Internship Program

The Minnesota Senate Capitol Internship Program for persons with disabilities is well underway. Local State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) has taken part in the program since its inception. “This is a great program that allows persons with disabilities to get a first-hand look at the legislature and an opportunity to work with Senators and staff […] Read more

Sen. Reinert: GOP Health and Human Services Bill cuts too deep

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Senate passed the omnibus budget bill for Health and Human Services. The deep cuts in the bill are especially troubling to Senator Roger Reinert, who opposed the bill. “The proposed cuts are bad for citizens, bad for health care providers, and bad for hospitals in Duluth, as well as Minnesota.” Sen. […] Read more

Senator Reinert Takes a Stand Against Budget Tricks and Gimmicks

Today, Senator Roger Reinert took a stand for an honest budget process in the Minnesota Senate, by voting against budget amendments offered by both parties. “Minnesotans need to have an honest conversation about what we want and how we pay for it,” Senator Reinert said. “We need to stop playing Pawlenty-style games; relying on tricks […] Read more