Cutting state workforce will not improve government efficiency

A bill introduced to the Legislature this week would require Minnesota to reduce its state employee workforce by 15 percent by 2015, reducing the state’s workforce by 5,000 jobs. State Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, said the legislation would be disastrous for Minnesota’s economy. “Just a week after unveiling a plan to give tax breaks […] Read more

Skoe appointed to Natural Resources Committee

Although the 2011 legislative session already started, a few committee details still are being finalized. At least one committee – the Environment and Natural Resources committee – had a vacant post and this week, I was very pleased to learn I will be filling that spot. It will be my first time serving on the […] Read more

Sen. Reinert: Cuts to LGA Difficult for Forward-Thinking Duluth

Senator Roger Reinert and Mayor Don Ness today voiced their concerns over the Republican budget bill, introduced Tuesday, and the consequences the bill will have for the city of Duluth, its residents and students. “First, we need to see a complete budget proposal-this bill addresses less than $800 million or so of a $6.4 billion […] Read more

Investing in training and education provides a strong workforce

A report recently released by the Governor’s Workforce Development Council, “All Hands on Deck,” estimates that by 2018, 70 percent of jobs in Minnesota will require education beyond high school. State Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, noted that now more than ever we need to invest in education to provide our state with a strong […] Read more

Senator Sheran Appointed to Ethics Subcommittee

Senator Kathy Sheran has been appointed to serve on the Senate Rules Committee’s Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct. She was chosen to serve on the subcommittee by Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk. The subcommittee will be called to investigate a complaint if made by another Senate member. It can also serve in an advisory capacity […] Read more

Trade agreement will bring good news to local soybean growers

The 2011 legislative session is well underway, and this year, I’m participating from a very different perspective. The November elections triggered big changes at the Capitol, meaning I am writing this column from a new office with new committee responsibilities and a whole slate of new colleagues. They say change is good, and I do […] Read more