Sen. Cohen comments on GOP budget impact hearing

“Earlier today, I had the honor of chairing a hearing that gave a voice to dozens of Minnesotans that would be impacted by the Republican’s all-cuts budget proposal. We heard from disabled citizens that will lose their independence and in-home care because of these budget cuts. The Minnesota Hospital Association predicted 13,000 to 18,000 lost […] Read more

Honoring our veterans

President Dwight Eisenhower once said, “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men, and so it must be daily earned and refreshed–else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” Memorial Day weekend is approaching. As you head towards Monday, please remember the brave men […] Read more

Partisan Rhetoric Trumping Budget Compromise

At the beginning of this legislative session, I was eager to begin the work of addressing the serious issues that confront Minnesota families and the state as a whole. In particular, our most critical challenges are balancing the $5 billion budget deficit and getting Minnesotans back to work. The 2011 session began on a promising […] Read more

GOP approves cuts to prisons, battered women, firefighter training

Advancing their all-cuts budget agenda, Republicans in the Minnesota Senate on Tuesday voted to slash funding to help battered women and crime victims, train firefighters, prevent crime, and monitor offenders out on probation. “By refusing to raise taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans, Republicans are choosing instead to make significant cuts that will threaten […] Read more

Sen. Bakk: Dayton proves commitment to compromise

Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, released the following statement today regarding the Governor’s revised budget proposal: “From the beginning of this session, Gov. Dayton has proven time and again his commitment to compromise and bipartisan cooperation. Today’s announcement just reinforces that Gov. Dayton is committed to finishing this session on time and with […] Read more