Sen. Rest appointed to State Capitol Preservation Commission

Senator Ann H. Rest (DFL-New Hope) was recently appointed to the State Capitol Preservation Commission by Senate DFL Leader Tom Bakk. As a member of the Commission, Sen. Rest will work to develop a comprehensive, multiyear, pre-design financial plan for the restoration of the Capitol building. “Our Capitol is an historic building that is in […] Read more

Letter to the Editor: Sen. Sparks Legislative Salary

“Now that the state shutdown is over, I think it is important for the hard-working men and women in the district I am honored to represent to know that I am not accepting any compensation for the time that the government was shut down. I never believed I should accept a salary when so many […] Read more

State Budget Deal

The state ended the shutdown last week with an agreement between the House/Senate Republicans and Governor Dayton. I, like many of you, found the shutdown frustrating. However, I appreciate Governor Dayton’s leadership and know he will be an important voice as we face future challenges. The legislature passed 12 bills in special session ranging from […] Read more

Government Shutdown Ended

“The government shutdown ended Wednesday. Gov. Dayton called a special session on Tuesday and signed the bills into law after a 12 hour session that went past 3a.m. Wednesday morning. There are still things to do to get our state back up and running but the stalemate between the governor and Republican leadership has ended. […] Read more