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

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

Mother’s Day Reflection

My husband is the “keeper of the past.” He uses, rents a large storage unit to hold all his burgeoning books and collectibles and he’s still in touch with his best friend from kindergarten. I, on the other hand, tend to look toward the future. I use Facebook, like science fiction and enjoy meeting […] Read more

May 23 deadline quickly approaching

This week, Governor Mark Dayton admitted that his optimism for adjourning the 2011 legislative session on time, on May 23, is waning. This is disappointing to hear, but not surprising. As much as he’s tried to begin negotiations with the legislature, the Republican leadership in the House and Senate haven’t responded to his requests. This […] Read more