Agriculture economy reviewed in committee

In the Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Policy Committee this week, members heard there are variances across the state, but 2018 was a challenging year for farmers overall. It was the fifth year in a row with very low profitability. Median net farm income was reported at $28,620 for 2017. Additionally, 2019 cash flow projections […] Read more

Bills introduced aimed at curtailing gun violence

Two bills introduced at a press conference this week focused on new gun laws aimed to curtail gun violence. The first bill, Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO), also known as “red flag” laws, would allow law enforcement and family members to seek a court order temporarily restricting a person’s access to guns when they show […] Read more

Bipartisan efforts to address the opioid crisis

A bipartisan group of legislators held a press conference this week to unveil legislation to help prevent opioid addiction and support children subjected to abuse or neglect. The state pays for the legislation with an increase in licensing fees on opioid manufacturers and distributors. Highlights of the legislation include: Funding for county-administered social services to […] Read more

Reducing the immorally high prices of insulin

A press conference this week highlighted a legislative package of four bills designed to bring down the immorally high price of insulin for Minnesota’s consumers. The Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act, the first piece of the package, establishes a means for Minnesotans who are unable to afford their needed insulin to get their prescription filled […] Read more

Minnesotans call for increased family and medical leave

The Minnesotans for Paid Family and Medical Leave Coalition, a group of organizations from the faith, labor, business, and nonprofit communities, held a press conference this week voicing its support for the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. The bill seeks to implement a state-administered paid leave insurance program that would provide workers with up […] Read more

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Senate celebrated this week what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 89th birthday. It was a day to applaud and remember Dr. King’s many accomplishments and take a moment to keep his “dream” alive. But for all of his incredible accomplishments, the state still has a long way to go in achieving […] Read more