Senate passes bill to streamline permitting process

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill this week aimed at reducing the timeline and red-tape involved in obtaining permits for Minnesota businesses and residences. State Senator LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, said he was very happy to support the bill, which was closely related to several ideas promoted by Governor Mark Dayton in recent weeks. “Last fall, […] Read more

Sieben Supports Repeal of School Borrowing Law

Sen. Katie Sieben voiced her support for legislation that would repeal a state law allowing the state to borrow money from school districts to meet state cash flow needs. A similar bill was introduced and passed in the state Senate last year, with Sen. Sieben’s support. “This provision hurts our school districts,” Sen. Sieben said. […] Read more

Sieben bill funds Newport flood mitigation

State Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, has introduced legislation to help the City of Newport purchase fifteen properties along the temporary levee. Her bill, S.F. 453, provides $3.2 million in bonds to the City to help with this flood mitigation effort. “This emergency levee was built in 1969 by the Army Corps of Engineers to […] Read more

Transportation Priorities

As the Metro area continues to expand and more Minnesotans rely on daily travel for work, school, shopping and entertainment, the transit system needs to improve and expand with it. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) has reported that by 2030 the metro region is expected to be home to nearly one million more people […] Read more

Sen. Rest appointed to Capitol Area Architectural & Planning Board

Senator Ann H. Rest (DFL-New Hope) was recently appointed to the Capitol Area Architectural & Planning Board (CAAPB) by Governor Mark Dayton. As a member of the CAAPB, Sen. Rest will work to preserve and enhance the dignity, beauty and architectural integrity of the Capitol and surrounding area. The CAAPB is comprised of twelve members […] Read more

Dayton’s budget offers first step in negotiations

Earlier this week, Governor Dayton released his budget and outlined his plans to balance Minnesota’s $6.2 billion deficit. He offered proposals on making cuts, streamlining services, investing in priority areas, and bringing in revenue. Now that he has provided his ideas for a complete and balanced budget, the Republican majorities have the opportunity to offer […] Read more