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

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

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

Sen. Cohen: Republican budget bill has real impacts, little input

Minnesota Senator Richard Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, expressed concern Wednesday after Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee passed a bill that is predicted to increase property taxes $322 million, increase tuition among state colleges and universities, and eliminate or reduce child protection and mental health services provided by counties. “The fact that the very first […] Read more

Town Hall Meeting Location Change

The February 5th town hall meeting with Sen. Wiger, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Rep. Leon Lillie and Rep. Nora Slawik will now be held at the Maplewood City Hall- Council Chambers from 9:30am to 10:30am. The location was changed to accommodate those who wish to attend Mayor Rossbach’s Citizen’s Forum at Maplewood City Hall at 10:30am […] Read more

Republican Proposal to Cut MN Sustainable Forest Incentive Act Shortsighted

Sen. Saxhaug SFIA cut statement: Today, in the Senate Tax Committee, Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan) presented and passed the new Republican leadership’s first attempt at solving the state’s multi-billion dollar budget deficit, in S.F. 82. The bill includes thoughtless changes to Minnesota’s Sustainable Forest Incentive Act. The changes will greatly reduce the payment landowners would […] Read more