Report emphasizes need for workforce development

The Governor’s Workforce Development Council recently released their 2011 policy advisory document. This Council was established in 1998 and includes representation from many sectors, including: business and industry, community-based organizations, education, local government, organized labor, state agencies, and the State Legislature. They are charged with providing policy recommendations to the Governor and legislature for workforce […] Read more

Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk responds to GOP budget cut proposal

“Minnesota is facing a serious budget challenge, and all sides agree that we will need to make significant spending reductions in the months ahead to bring the state’s budget into balance. Our caucus will be taking a close look at the cuts proposed today by legislative Republican leaders, but will reserve final judgment until they […] Read more

Budget, jobs will be priority of 2011 session

Two weeks into the 2011 legislative session, it is very clear what this year’s focus will be. Every discussion thus far has centered mostly around two topics: The state’s massive budget deficit, and our ability to create new jobs and business in Minnesota. The state’s budget deficit is serious. At $6.2 billion, it accounts for […] Read more

Report: Minnesota’s economic success depends on workforce development

Recently, the Governor’s Workforce Development Council released their 2011 policy advisory document. In their report, “All Hands on Deck,” they conclude that the key to Minnesota’s economic competitiveness is an educated, highly skilled workforce. The Council was established in 1998 and includes representation from many sectors of Minnesota, including business and industry, local government, education, […] Read more

Sen. Reinert to Introduce Tax Reciprocity Study Legislation

Senator Roger Reinert announced he will re-introduce a bill in the Minnesota Senate to study the affect of tax reciprocity with the state of Wisconsin. Sen. Reinert introduced similar legislation last year in the Minnesota House; the legislation was included in the House version of the omnibus tax bill. Sen. Reinert’s announcement comes the day […] Read more

Budget, job creation will be priority of 2011 legislative session

The 2011 legislative session began Jan. 4 and already, it’s clear what the top priorities of the session will be: Solving the state’s budget deficit and creating new jobs. The budget deficit is serious. At $6.2 billion, it’s more than one-fifth of the state’s total budget that is unaccounted for, and this year, the one-time […] Read more