Funding for Children’s Museum in Jeopardy

A late change in legislation appropriating funds for the dedicated Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage and Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds could put grants for the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in jeopardy. Senator Kathy Sheran, a strong advocate for the children’s museum, expressed her disappointment with the last second move. “The language passed in the […] Read more

Legacy Bill Passes Senate With Reinert’s Support

On the last day of the 2011 session, the Senate took up the Legacy Funds bill. This bill allocates the money collected from the constitutional amendment dedicated sales tax passed by voters in 2008. “There’s a lot here for Duluthians to be excited about,” notes Senator Roger Reinert. “I’m pleased we were able to secure […] Read more

Senator Reinert’s Office Hosts Visit Duluth “Branch”

Senator Roger Reinert’s legislative office is now hosting the “southern branch office” for Visit Duluth – a branded informational kiosk. “I have wanted to install a card rack by my Capitol office since I got to St. Paul,” said Senator Reinert. “Being able to promote my city is one of the best parts of being […] Read more

JOINT STATEMENT ON OPENING PRAYER

This morning Bradlee Dean, of You Can Run But You Can’t Hide Ministry delivered the first opening prayer in the House Chamber. State Representative Karen Clark (DFL – Minneapolis) and State Senator Scott Dibble (DFL – Minneapolis) responded to Dean’s presence. “In my 30 years in the House, I have never seen such a hateful […] Read more

GOP budget raises property taxes on middle class by $1 billion

Senate Republicans passed an omnibus tax bill on May 18 which relies on more than $1 billion in property tax increases on middle class Minnesotans. The omnibus tax bill makes deep cuts to local government aid, eliminates the Market Value Homestead credit, and reduces the renters’ property tax refund for more than 300,000 Minnesotans. “This […] Read more

Health care cuts will negatively affect local hospitals

Minnesota lawmakers passed all budget bills to Governor Mark Dayton last week, even though there still was no agreement between the Governor and lawmakers as to how to solve the $5 billion budget deficit. Republican leaders in the House and Senate forged ahead with their all-cuts budget, which makes deep spending cuts that will have […] Read more