Sen. David Tomassoni Participates in Capitol Internship Program

The Minnesota Senate Capitol Internship Program for persons with disabilities is well underway. Local State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) has taken part in the program since its inception. “This is a great program that allows persons with disabilities to get a first-hand look at the legislature and an opportunity to work with Senators and staff […] Read more

Sen. Reinert: GOP Health and Human Services Bill cuts too deep

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Senate passed the omnibus budget bill for Health and Human Services. The deep cuts in the bill are especially troubling to Senator Roger Reinert, who opposed the bill. “The proposed cuts are bad for citizens, bad for health care providers, and bad for hospitals in Duluth, as well as Minnesota.” Sen. […] Read more

Senate Republicans adopt Enron-style accounting in latest budget bill

Ignoring the warnings of Minnesota’s non-partisan finance experts, Republicans in the Minnesota Senate pushed ahead with a State Government budget bill that relies on undocumented and unverifiable budget numbers to plug the state’s budget deficit. “This is nothing more than Enron-style accounting,” said Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, the Senate DFL lead on the State Government […] Read more

Senator Reinert Takes a Stand Against Budget Tricks and Gimmicks

Today, Senator Roger Reinert took a stand for an honest budget process in the Minnesota Senate, by voting against budget amendments offered by both parties. “Minnesotans need to have an honest conversation about what we want and how we pay for it,” Senator Reinert said. “We need to stop playing Pawlenty-style games; relying on tricks […] Read more

Senate approves deep cuts to state’s colleges and universities

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate today voted to approve a higher education budget bill that slashes funding for the state’s colleges and universities. The bill would reduce funding for the University of Minnesota by 19 percent and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system by 13 percent. “These cuts will not only devastate Minnesota’s […] Read more

Senate GOP votes to eliminate crime prevention grants, cut firefighter training

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate today approved a public safety budget bill that eliminates critical crime prevention grants, slashes funding for firefighter training, and cuts half of the state funding for the Department of Human Rights. “This bill is penny-wise and pound-foolish,” said Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, the Senate DFL lead on the […] Read more