Reinert Opposes Passage of Cuts Bill

Today Senator Roger Reinert voiced his opposition to the passage of Senate File 60. The Republican budget cut bill makes the unallotment cuts from last session permanent and includes new cuts to areas of public safety and human services. “This is not a balanced approach,” Senator Reinert said. “It leaves property taxpayers, students, and low […] Read more

Skoe says no to property tax, tuition hikes

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill Thursday that aimed to cut about one-sixth of the state’s budget deficit. It does so by increasing property taxes $322 million statewide, cutting funding for higher education institutions by $185 million, and eliminating money from state agencies for things like Veterans Home repairs and state park maintenance this spring […] Read more

Sen. Dibble calls tax increase on Minnesota renters appalling

With their first budget-related bill of the session, Minnesota Senate Republicans unanimously passed a tax increase onto all Minnesota property taxpayers on Thursday. State Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said he was proud that 27 Senate Democrats stood together in opposition of higher costs for working Minnesotans by voting against this egregious bill. “The first budget […] Read more

Reinert Bill Would Repeal No-Sale Sunday Liquor Law

Legislation introduced today by Sen. Roger Reinert would repeal Minnesota’s laws prohibiting the sale of liquor on Sundays. Sen. Reinert introduced similar legislation in the House in 2010. “Minnesota’s current statutes prohibiting the sale of alcohol on Sundays puts our state at a competitive and economic disadvantage—particularly in communities that border Wisconsin,” said Sen. Reinert. […] Read more

Northwest Minnesota gains targeted for new projects, jobs

State Senator LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, said he is very encouraged to see several Northwest Minnesota projects targeted in Governor Mark Dayton’s capital investment package, released this week. It’s an opportunity to bring hundreds of new jobs to the region, in addition to vital redevelopment needed in many communities, he said. “Governor Dayton and I agree […] Read more

Governor’s capital investment proposal will spur economic growth

This week Gov. Mark Dayton introduced a $531 million capital investment bill to spur economic growth and create jobs in Minnesota now. The Governor’s plan funds over 300 specific critical infrastructure projects. He also indicated support for doubling over 300 specific projects the Republican controlled Legislature deems most important. “To focus on getting Minnesotans back […] Read more