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

Sen. Goodwin: GOP bringing Wisconsin politics to Minnesota Capitol

On Monday, March 14, the Senate’s State Government Innovation and Veterans Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, will hear a bill to take away essential bargaining rights from Minnesota teachers (S.F. 208 – Hann). In response, Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, issued the following statement: “Minnesota Republicans may claim they’re focused on the economy […] Read more

First step in budget process begins

The Republicans in control of the Senate took the first step toward proposing their budget solution this week. They released budget targets, which sets the total budget for 2012-2013 and divides that money among budget committees. Those numbers will guide Senate committees in crafting a budget that will be negotiated first with the House Republican […] Read more

Sen. Bakk responds to Senate GOP budget targets

Earlier today, Senate Republican leaders unveiled their budget targets for setting the state’s next two-year budget. In response, Senate DFL Caucus leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, offered the following statement: “When this legislative session began in January, our caucus laid out two key principles: protect the pocketbooks of middle-class Minnesotans and rebuild Minnesota’s economy. Unfortunately, looking […] Read more