Redistricting plans will change Northern Minnesota districts

Aside from solving the budget deficit, the legislature is tasked with another main duty before the session ends next week. Along with the Governor, we must produce plans to create new legislative and Congressional district boundaries throughout the state, in response to the 2010 Census data. Every 10 years, states around the country assess the […] Read more

Senate passes synthetic marijuana bill

Following the near fatality of a Hastings teenager in 2010, Senator Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove) announced her intent to make synthetic marijuana illegal. The Minnesota State Senate passed legislation today making the sale of synthetic marijuana a gross misdemeanor and any possession of synthetic marijuana a misdemeanor. “This product is clearly dangerous and should be […] Read more

Senate approves bill for local and statewide environmental projects

In 2008, Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment to, “Protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater by […] Read more

School funding reform proposals positive step for education

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” ~John F. Kennedy As President Kennedy stated years ago, education is one of the most […] Read more

Republican bill to dismantle MinnesotaCare passes Senate

Earlier today, Republicans in the Minnesota Senate passed a bill that will take away affordable health care coverage from thousands of low-income Minnesotans and replace it with an unaffordable voucher program involving the purchase of high-deductible private health insurance. The bill, which was approved along party lines, essentially dismantles MinnesotaCare, a program that began in […] Read more