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

Regional Fire Training Facility Project Approved

As a part of the final state budget agreement, Governor Dayton signed a Capital Investment Bill that will invest $500 million in construction projects around the state. Commonly known as “bonding,” capital investment is the process by which the state issues bonds to fund public projects that have a state or regional significance. A bonding […] Read more

Sen. Sheran Re-Appointed to Mental Health Advisory Council

State Sen. Kathy Sheran has been reappointed to her position on the State Advisory Council on Mental Health by Governor Mark Dayton. She was initially appointed last year by Governor Tim Pawlenty to fill a vacancy that expired this January. The re-appointment expires in January, 2015. The Advisory Council advises the governor, legislature and state […] Read more

Legislative Pay

I am deeply concerned about our inability to solve this budget impasse and its effects on those most vulnerable in our community. I have donated my salary to the local food shelf in my area. I am reaching out to my colleagues and the administration offering potential compromise solutions in hopes of bringing this to […] Read more

Vikings Stadium Hits Taxpayers 3X harder than Hennepin Ballpark Tax

Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville) says it is time to address the scope of the Ramsey County sales tax increase required under the Vikings Stadium proposal. “The Vikings legislation would hit Ramsey County taxpayers more than three times as hard as the Hennepin sales tax for the Twins Ballpark, yet at the Capitol there has been […] Read more

Sen. Lourey pledges to continue working for budget compromise

With Minnesota’s government services shut down indefinitely, I think it’s important to remind people how we got to this disappointing place. There have been many political barbs thrown around, but a situation as serious as this is no place for politics. Minnesotans deserve to understand the facts that led us here, and how we can […] Read more