Legislature Ends with No Deal

The 2011 Legislative Session has ended without a compromise. However, Senator Metzen hopes that a compromise can still be made before a government shutdown. Sen. Metzen stated, “Although I am disappointed that the Legislature could not reach an agreement with the Governor, I am optimistic that we can still find a solution. Families across the […] Read more

Senator Stumpf Hopeful for Budget Resolution before Shutdown

Even though the 2011 Legislative Session adjourned without an agreement, I am hopeful that a compromise will be achieved without a government shutdown. This session has shown many ways in which Republicans and Democrats can compromise and find common ground, as we did with environmental permitting and alternative education policy. Gov. Dayton has eliminated some […] Read more

Governor’s compromise goes unanswered; special session likely

The 2011 legislative session ended on Monday night without an agreement on how to solve the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. I am very disappointed in what I believe is an unacceptable outcome for the state of Minnesota. Republicans and Democrats began this session united in a goal to focus on the budget and jobs. […] Read more

Funding for Children’s Museum in Jeopardy

A late change in legislation appropriating funds for the dedicated Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage and Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds could put grants for the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in jeopardy. Senator Kathy Sheran, a strong advocate for the children’s museum, expressed her disappointment with the last second move. “The language passed in the […] Read more

Legacy Bill Passes Senate With Reinert’s Support

On the last day of the 2011 session, the Senate took up the Legacy Funds bill. This bill allocates the money collected from the constitutional amendment dedicated sales tax passed by voters in 2008. “There’s a lot here for Duluthians to be excited about,” notes Senator Roger Reinert. “I’m pleased we were able to secure […] Read more