Sen. Reinert Announces Town Hall Meetings

Senator Roger Reinert will hold the second of three town hall meetings tomorrow, Saturday, March 19th. The meeting will be held from 10:00 to 11:30 am in room 90 of Bohannon Hall on the UMD campus. Rep. Kerry Gauthier, Rep. Tom Huntley and Rep. Mary Murphy are also scheduled to participate. The meeting is open […] Read more

Public input on budget process welcomed

This week, the state’s new Agriculture Commissioner, Dave Frederickson, visited Southern Minnesota for an Albert Lea luncheon that celebrated National Ag Day. It was a great chance to recognize successful area farmers and remember the importance of agriculture to our nation’s economy and food supply. Commissioner Frederickson talked a lot about what’s happening at the […] Read more

Outdoor issues move forward at Capitol

The Environment and Natural Resources Committee that I serve on has been the one of the most active committees in the Senate this year. One of the first bills we passed also was one of the first bills signed by Governor Mark Dayton – legislation to speed up the state’s environmental permitting process and improve […] Read more

Budget talks; please share your thoughts

The next step in the state budget process is here. The Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives recently released their budget targets and the budget deadline (budget bills must be out of their committee of origin), is set for March 25th. Legislators, legislative staff, administrative staff, advocacy groups and citizens will spend […] Read more

Sen. Marty: Report shows state’s tax system unfair for working families

The Minnesota Department of Revenue released new data today showing Minnesota’s tax system has become increasingly regressive over the past decade. The report, known as the Tax Incidence study, shows the wealthiest Minnesotans pay a substantially smaller share of their income in state and local taxes than lower and middle-income Minnesotans. In response to the […] Read more

Senate committee approves Sunday liquor sales

On a bipartisan vote, the Senate Commerce Committee approved legislation today which permits the option of liquor sales on Sundays. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. “This is a historic day. I’ve been told by veteran legislators that this issue has never even been heard in […] Read more