Senate DFLers Support Governor’s Jobs Creation Bill

Senate DFL leader Tom Bakk and Capital Investment Lead Sen. Keith Langseth today voiced support for Governor Dayton’s $1 billion bonding bill that would create 28,000 private sector jobs across Minnesota. The Governor proposed $531 million in projects and asked legislative leaders to work in a bipartisan manner to come up with an additional $469 […] Read more

Sen. Reinert to Introduce Constitutional Amendment

Today Sen. Roger Reinert introduced legislation proposing a constitutional amendment to temporarily fill a legislative vacancy if a legislator is called to active duty. The House bill is authored by Rep. Bob Dettmer (R – Forest Lake). Rep. Dettmer is in the Army Reserve, while Sen. Reinert is a Navy Reservist. The two serve together […] Read more

Tomassoni Encouraged by Governor’s Actions

The Senate Jobs and Environment and Natural Resources Committees will be holding a joint hearing tomorrow to discuss the current state of mining and other industries in northern Minnesota. State Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL – Chisholm, said he was happy to see that the jobs and natural resources committees are meeting at the Hibbing Community […] Read more

Property taxpayers have much a stake at the State Capitol next week

This week, the Minnesota Senate moved its first bill of the legislative session to the Senate Floor for consideration. As much as I am committed to working with the new majority party to do good work, I am very nervous about the implications of this bill. In the week before we’re scheduled to vote on […] Read more

State demographer highlights need to prioritize education

In this week’s Senate Tax Committee, members heard a presentation from State Demographer Tom Gillaspy. The demographer is responsible for analyzing Census data and other trends, monitoring changes, and reporting to lawmakers about how our state is changing. It’s this type of information that helps the legislature determine the long-term health of the economy, where […] Read more

Jobs and Minnesota’s Future

As the Legislature discusses possible solutions for the $6 billion deficit, we also need to look to Minnesota’s future and create legislation that shapes our state’s economic outlook. To do this, we need to put the political campaign rhetoric aside and do what is best for Minnesota and its citizens. In the early weeks of […] Read more