Regent interviews underway

The Regent Candidate Advisory Council (RCAC) interviewed 24 potential candidates to fill four vacancies on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. RCAC members are set to vote on finalists on Jan. 11, 2019. Four seats are open for appointment on the 12-member Regent Board. The seats opened are: Fifth Congressional District (Peggy Lucas – […] Read more

Protect Minnesota opening day rally at the Capitol

Members of Protect Minnesota and Moms Demand Action this week opened their 2019 legislative session with a rally urging legislators to remain committed to keeping gun violence prevention an immediate priority. Members of both organizations called upon the memory of the 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and other members of Arizona’s Legislature, as well […] Read more

Saying goodbye to a legacy, welcoming a new partner in governing

The Senate DFL would like to say a heartfelt goodbye to Governor Dayton. The state of Minnesota has made tremendous strides over the last eight years, including increasing the minimum wage, marriage equality, investing in the state’s youngest learners, and building the middle class. None of this would have been possible without a strong partner […] Read more

Welcome back to the Legislature! Here’s what to look for in 2019

State lawmakers returned to Saint Paul this week to kick off the 2019 Legislative Session. The first order of business this session will be for committees to get to work on a two-year budget. State budget officials projected a $1.54 billion budgetary balance for the upcoming two-year budget cycle, but nearly half of this balance […] Read more

State and Local Government

Last session, the two significant success stories were wide-scale pension reform with the bipartisan passage of the Omnibus Retirement Bill and approval of the public employee labor contracts. However, federal funding to secure Minnesota’s election system was left on the table and funding requests to secure the state’s IT infrastructure have been repeatedly ignored.   […] Read more

Taxes

Last session, the Legislature passed two tax bills in 2018 attempting to update Minnesota’s tax code to massive federal tax changes made at the end of 2017. Governor Dayton vetoed both bills mainly because of imbalanced tax relief, lack of emergency school funding, and other provisions not approved by the Department of Revenue. Tax conformity […] Read more