Governor’s State of the State

On Monday, January 23 Gov. Dayton gave his State of the State Address to the joint convention of the House and Senate. His address began with a reminder to Minnesotans of the promises he’d made six years ago during his inaugural speech which emphasized a balanced budget and job growth as his top priorities. Today, […] Read more

Tax Committee considers estate tax changes

The Senate Tax Committee considered two bills this week to dramatically change Minnesota’s estate tax; a tax imposed on some estates of the deceased. Minnesota’s current estate tax applies to very few people. The Department of Revenue estimated about 1,100 estates were subject to the tax in 2014, and that estimate was taken before Democrats […] Read more

Senate DFLers Oppose Education Voucher Bill

Legislation to divert more than $70 million in public money to private and religious schools was heard in the Education Policy Committee on January 24.  The bill was referred to the Education Finance Committee on a 5-4 vote, with all DFL senators voting against. The bill will expand the current Minnesota education tax credit, which […] Read more

Common-sense reproductive health care reform

This week the Minnesotans for Trust, Respect, Access campaign announced a package of common-sense reproductive health care legislation. The two bills that were introduced are The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act and The Protect Physicians’ Integrity Act. The Comprehensive Contraception Act protects the right to affordable, accessible contraception and respects the family planning and medical decisions […] Read more

Greater Minnesota DFL legislators proposing $100 million broadband investment

Legislators from across greater Minnesota have joined together to call for a $100 million investment in broadband. The legislators stress the economic development reach that investment in broadband creates – something they say Greater Minnesota is in need of. The bill calls for $100 million to be deposited into the Border-to-Border Broadband Account to be […] Read more