Senate Republican Transportation Budget could harm local transit projects; cut bus routes

Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) is calling out Senate Republicans for not being transparent in the unveiling of their transportation budget last week. The $400 million bill is funded through a shift from the state’s general fund from auto-related sales taxes and borrows $325 million in bonding. Additionally, the bill includes no funding for transit and even creates a provision to act as a roadblock to any transit projects currently in the works, Sen. Hoffman says that puts transit options in the northwest suburbs in jeopardy.

REAL ID closer to reality

The Minnesota Senate passed a neutral REAL ID bill this week that would allow Minnesotans to board flights and visit their loved ones on military bases without unrelated and controversial language that stymied the bill earlier this session. An earlier version of the REAL ID bill failed to pass the Senate with a strong bipartisan vote […] Read more

Senate transportation budget full of shifts and gimmicks

The Transportation Bill that passed the Senate this week is just another example of GOP budgets providing temporary solutions to the state’s long-term transportation problems. Minnesotans and our businesses deserve a transportation system that will grow with our needs – this bill falls woefully short. Although Senate Republicans claim this bill invests more than $1.3 […] Read more

Jobs, commerce, and energy budgets

This week the jobs bill was amended into the commerce and energy finance bills in committee. The combined proposal passed the Senate floor and will meet up with the House proposal in conference committee. Below are highlights from each category: JOBS highlights: $10 million target The jobs bill cuts programs, leans heavily on the Workforce […] Read more

Senate higher education bill short-changes U of M, MnState students

  The Senate’s higher education omnibus bill passed off the floor this week with disappointing funding levels for the University of Minnesota and MnState college system. Over the past 15 years, our state has seen a historic disinvestment in Minnesota State and the University of Minnesota. During economic downturns, higher education was cut to fill […] Read more

Reinsurance Conference Committee Report sent to Governor Dayton

The Reinsurance Conference Committee Report narrowly passed the Senate on a vote of 35-32 and will now be sent to the Governor for his approval or veto. The conference committee report spends nearly $543 million over two years on a proposal intended to stabilize Minnesota’s individual health insurance market. Rather than making real changes to […] Read more