January first marks the effective date of several new laws passed during the 2011 Legislative Session. From improving carbon monoxide awareness to modernizing outdated insurance claim laws, the new laws will have a positive impact on our local communities and… Read More »New Laws in Effect
I am previewing the 2011 legislative session from a very different perspective this year. The November elections triggered big changes at the Capitol, meaning I am writing this column from a new office with new committee responsibilities and a whole… Read More »New legislative session begins Jan. 4
The start of the New Year renews my hope that legislators in Minnesota and across the nation will bridge their differences and work together for the good of the state and country. In Minnesota, a number of laws passed during… Read More »Several new laws take effect Jan. 1, 2012
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season! Andy Williams captured the feeling well in his song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” This time of year is filled with programs and services at churches, shopping, delicious cookies,… Read More »Holiday Spirit: Focus on Giving
Every year Minnesotans are faced with winter road conditions that put thousands of motorists into danger situations. Blowing snow, sleet and black ice can quickly turn Minnesota’s beautiful scenery into a nightmarish crash. We need to be prepared for these… Read More »Winter Driving: Be Prepared!
Today the Minnesota Management & Budget Office released the November budget forecast. It showed a projected $876M surplus balance for the 2012-2013 biennium. This is due to revenues having exceeded the forecast by $358M while state spending was below previous… Read More »Reinert Urges Caution in Light of Forecasted Surplus