Sieben bill funds South St. Paul floodwall

State Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, has introduced legislation to replace the South St. Paul floodwall. Her bill, S.F. 221, is co-authored with State Sen. Jim Metzen and authored in the House by Rep. Rick Hansen. It provides $2 million in bonds to demolish the old wall and pumping station and construct a new facility. […] Read more

Senator Reinert Congratulates New Regent Nominee Dave McMillan

On Wednesday night, during a joint meeting of the House and Senate Higher Education committees, Duluthian Dave McMillan was nominated to be the next University of Minnesota Regent representing the 8th Congressional District. Dave McMillan is the Executive Vice President of Minnesota Power and Sr. Vice President of Marketing, Regulatory, Legislative and Public Affairs and […] Read more

Senator Reinert to Participate in Duluth Polar Plunge

On Saturday, Senator Roger Reinert will participate in the Polar Plunge in Duluth. This is the first time he has participated, and will be part of the AFSCME Local 1092 team. The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. “I am willing to jump into the frigid waters of Lake Superior and risk […] Read more

Dayton budget will protect our cities, property tax payers

The main goal of this year’s legislature is to create Minnesota’s operating budget for 2012-2013, which begins July 1 of this year. The first step of that process began this week when Governor Mark Dayton released his initial budget proposal. In the coming weeks, we will be asked to compare this plan to the Senate […] Read more

Minnesota budget debate begins

Over the next three months, the Legislature, Governor and members of the public will work out details of a solution to the state’s $6.2 billion budget deficit. This process will include four major steps: the Governor’s budget proposal, February forecast, Legislature’s proposal and the negotiation period. The first step in the budget process has already […] Read more

Sen. Bakk statement on Governor’s budget proposal

The following is a statement from Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk on the Governor’s budget proposal: “A little more than a decade ago, while our state and nation were enjoying one of the greatest economic booms the world had ever seen, leaders in St. Paul passed a series of sweeping, permanent tax cuts totaling […] Read more