Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to everyone graduating from high school, vocational school or college! For those who went back to school to improve their skills and further their careers and to high school students wrapping up their high school experience, the years of work have paid off. I salute you for the effort you have put into reaching […] Read more

Compromise rejected; session ends without budget

The 2011 Legislative Session came to a disappointing close on May 23, as Republicans legislative leaders adjourned the session without accomplishing their constitutional responsibility to balance the state’s budget. Not only did they not present a plan to fully solve the $5 billion deficit; they failed to produce a budget for the state to operate […] Read more

Synthetic Marijuana Legislation signed into law

Along with Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell and Cottage Grove Police Chief Craig Woolery, Senator Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove) recently joined Governor Mark Dayton as he signed legislation making the sale of synthetic marijuana illegal. Synthetic marijuana is often known as “Spice” or “K2” and is packed and sold as herbal incense. It is made […] Read more

Mortgage Transparency Act signed into law

A measure designed to help homeowners looking to refinance their mortgage has been signed into law by Gov. Dayton. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, is aimed at helping homeowners determine who owns their mortgage note. As mortgages are sold by financial institutions, homeowners may find themselves sending monthly checks to a mortgage […] Read more

Legislators to Hold Town Meetings in June

State Sen. Ron Latz will join Reps. Steve Simon and Ryan Winkler to host town hall meetings in Golden Valley, Hopkins and St. Louis Park in the coming weeks to discuss the recently concluded legislative session and the potential special session to deal with the state’s budget deficit. “We have been here at the Capitol […] Read more

Sen. Goodwin ready for compromise budget deal

This legislative session has been about making tough choices. The Republican-led Legislature has made clear choices; cutting higher education to levels not seen since 1998, attempting to dismantle labor laws, eliminating health care for thousands of Minnesotans, increasing fares for public transportation, and raising property taxes by approximately $1 billion. Under the current majority in […] Read more