Sen. Reinert Defends Veterans’ Services in Budget Cut Bill

Today freshman Senator Roger Reinert dedicated his first floor speech in the Minnesota Senate to the defense of veterans’ services. The Republican budget cut bill (HF130) conference committee report was debated on the Senate floor before being passed 37 to 28. During that debate, Senator Reinert moved that the bill be sent back to conference […] Read more

Sen. Skoe stands up for property tax relief

Governor Mark Dayton presented his State of the State address this week and stressed the need for the legislature and governor to put aside politics and work together on a responsible solution to the state’s $6.2 billion budget deficit. In his terms – and I agree with the governor – “responsible” means a solution that […] Read more

Investing in our education system

Many of the conversations at the State Capitol this session surround the state’s economy and what the Legislature can do to move Minnesota towards prosperity. Much of the time, the discussions focus on the Governor’s capital investment bill and a variety of bills focused on helping Minnesota’s job creators. Another topic we need to discuss, […] Read more

Legislators Voice Concern over Report’s “Editing”

Senator Kathy Sheran and Representative Terry Morrow today voiced their concern over a critical sex offender program report requested by the Legislature that was edited by high-ranking Pawlenty appointee, Cal Ludeman prior to its release. “Last session, legislators asked the Pawlenty administration for a report on the state’s sex offender program and possible cost containment […] Read more

Legislative Survey

Senator Ann H. Rest (DFL – New Hope) is encouraging constituents to weigh in on important issues facing the Minnesota State Legislature. Sen. Rest recently created a survey for constituents on her website at (click “In Touch with Senator Rest”) to give residents in Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, Plymouth and Robbinsdale an opportunity […] Read more

Sen. Sparks says no to property tax, tuition hikes

State Senator Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, said he is proud to be among 27 Minnesota Senate Democrats who stood up against a $322 million property tax increases on all Minnesotans today. Regarding House File 130, which passed the Senate 37-27 on a party-line vote Thursday, Sen. Sparks said: “This legislation has gotten a lot of attention […] Read more