Minnesota underway with flood preparations

Governor Dayton recently hosted a meeting at Waterous Company in South St. Paul to discuss the state’s efforts in preparing for spring flooding. Local legislators, city and county officials, and area businesses joined in a discussion with several government agencies on the plans that are already underway. Waterous, along with numerous other South St. Paul […] Read more

Minnesota underway with flood preparations

Governor Dayton recently hosted a meeting at Waterous Company in South St. Paul to discuss the state’s efforts in preparing for spring flooding. Local legislators, city and county officials, and area businesses joined in a discussion with several government agencies on the plans that are already underway. Waterous, along with numerous other South St. Paul […] Read more

Governor’s budget offers starting point

The Governor recently released his budget proposal, offering a starting point for the negotiations to balance Minnesota’s $6.2 billion deficit. He made suggestions on making cuts, streamlining services, investing in priority areas, and bringing in revenue. The legislative majorities now can offer up their comprehensive budget solution so the hard work can begin. I am […] Read more

Sieben Supports Repeal of School Borrowing Law

Sen. Katie Sieben voiced her support for legislation that would repeal a state law allowing the state to borrow money from school districts to meet state cash flow needs. A similar bill was introduced and passed in the state Senate last year, with Sen. Sieben’s support. “This provision hurts our school districts,” Sen. Sieben said. […] Read more

Sieben bill funds Newport flood mitigation

State Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, has introduced legislation to help the City of Newport purchase fifteen properties along the temporary levee. Her bill, S.F. 453, provides $3.2 million in bonds to the City to help with this flood mitigation effort. “This emergency levee was built in 1969 by the Army Corps of Engineers to […] Read more

Several area road, bridges scheduled for improvements

This month, I met with officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s District 6 office to get an update on some area road and bridge projects. Many of these routes are in serious disrepair, and I’m often asked what’s being done about these problems at the state level. Thanks to a combination of federal funds, […] Read more