Budget, job creation will be priority of 2011 legislative session

The 2011 legislative session began Jan. 4 and already, it’s clear what the top priorities of the session will be: Solving the state’s budget deficit and creating new jobs. The budget deficit is serious. At $6.2 billion, it’s more than one-fifth of the state’s total budget that is unaccounted for, and this year, the one-time […] Read more

A strong workforce equals a strong state

The key to Minnesota’s economic competitiveness, both nationwide and worldwide, is an educated, highly skilled workforce. It is estimated that by 2018, 70 percent of jobs in Minnesota will require education beyond high school. Minnesota is currently ranked third in the nation for the percentage of 25 to 34 year olds that have earned an […] Read more

Senator Stumpf welcomes willingness to streamline government rules

This week, Northwest Minnesota was lucky enough to be the site of Governor Mark Dayton’s first statewide visit as chief executive. I was honored for the opportunity to show him several communities in our region that have a lot to offer the state but, unfortunately, are too often forgotten. The fact that Gov. Dayton made […] Read more

2011 Legislative Session Begins

To the editor: On January 4, the 2011 Legislative Session began and I was sworn into office. I pledge to always work hard, be responsive to your concerns, and reach across the aisle to get things done for the good of our state. I’m excited to begin my service in the Minnesota Senate and am […] Read more

Sen. Bakk responds to GOP corporate tax cut plan

Responding to the Senate Republican’s call to cut corporate taxes in Minnesota, Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk said today Republicans are sending the wrong message on job creation. “Our number one priority this session is creating jobs and positioning Minnesota for long-term prosperity,” said Sen. Bakk, DFL-Cook, who spent the past four years chairing […] Read more

Latz Named DFL Lead on the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee

State Senator Ron Latz has been designated by his Senate DFL Caucus colleagues as the lead DFL member on the Senate’s Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. Sen. Latz was re-elected to represent Senate District 44 on November 2. He served two terms in the Minnesota House, representing District 44A. “The Judiciary and Public Safety Committee […] Read more