Sen. Sheran Introduces Bill for Dam Repair

Senator Kathy Sheran has introduced legislation for funding to repair the aging Lake Titlow Dam. The $900,000 request would be part of a larger Capital Investment bill, if passed. “This dam is in dire need of repair,” Sen. Sheran said. “Three years ago the Department of Natural Resources reported that the dam was in poor […] Read more

Sen. Dibble: Republican buttons just latest scheme to delay real work

State Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, criticized the lapel buttons worn by Senate Republicans on Monday as yet another attempt to interject hard-edged partisanship into the Senate’s work and distract from the real job in front of the legislature: Solving the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. “Last week, Minnesotans saw the Republican majority waste several hours […] Read more

Stumpf: State budget work should begin promptly

Twice a year, state economists present an economic forecast to the Minnesota Legislature. The forecast details the state’s revenue collections and spending patterns and estimates the state’s budget balance for upcoming fiscal years. Last November, the Legislature learned the state’s budget balance for Fiscal Years 2012-2013 was $6.2 billion in the red. The updated February […] Read more

Sen. Sheran and Rep. Brynaert Author Bill to Fund Children’s Museum

Sen. Sheran and Rep. Brynaert have introduced legislation that will appropriate grant funds for expanding educational exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. The funds for the $1.6 million request would be appropriated from Legacy Amendment funds. The Legacy Constitutional Amendment passed with voter approval in 2008. “The funds would be used to expand […] Read more

Gov. Dayton Appointments Sen. Wiger to Education Commission of the States

Gov. Mark Dayton recently announced Sen. Chuck Wiger’s appointment to the Education Commission of the States. Senator Wiger represents North St Paul, Maplewood and Oakdale in the Minnesota Senate. “I am honored to receive this appointment,” said Sen. Wiger. “Offering a quality education is extremely important to the future of our state and nation. States’ […] Read more

Sen. Bakk to GOP: Stop the games, show us your budget

Earlier today, members of the Senate DFL Caucus voted against a Republican attempt to bring up pieces of the Governor’s budget for a vote on the Senate floor. Below is a statement from Sen. Bakk on the vote: “Today makes one thing perfectly clear: the Republican majority has no idea how to tackle the $5 […] Read more