Minnesota underway with flood preparations

Governor Dayton recently hosted a meeting at Waterous Company in South St. Paul to discuss the state’s efforts in preparing for spring flooding. Local legislators, city and county officials, and area businesses joined in a discussion with several government agencies on the plans that are already underway. Waterous, along with numerous other South St. Paul […] Read more

State economist warns against an all-cuts budget solution

“Since the moment Gov. Dayton put his budget on the table, Republican leaders have attacked the Governor for proposing so-called “job-killing” tax increases. Today, that rhetoric was met with a sharp dose of reality. State Economist Tom Stinson was clear in stating that the all-cuts budget proposed by Republicans will do more harm to our […] Read more

State economist warns against an all-cuts budget solution

“Since the moment Gov. Dayton put his budget on the table, Republican leaders have attacked the Governor for proposing so-called “job-killing” tax increases. Today, that rhetoric was met with a sharp dose of reality. State Economist Tom Stinson was clear in stating that the all-cuts budget proposed by Republicans will do more harm to our […] Read more

Governor’s budget offers starting point

The Governor recently released his budget proposal, offering a starting point for the negotiations to balance Minnesota’s $6.2 billion deficit. He made suggestions on making cuts, streamlining services, investing in priority areas, and bringing in revenue. The legislative majorities now can offer up their comprehensive budget solution so the hard work can begin. I am […] Read more

Several area road, bridges scheduled for improvements

This month, I met with officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s District 6 office to get an update on some area road and bridge projects. Many of these routes are in serious disrepair, and I’m often asked what’s being done about these problems at the state level. Thanks to a combination of federal funds, […] Read more

Sieben Supports Repeal of School Borrowing Law

Sen. Katie Sieben voiced her support for legislation that would repeal a state law allowing the state to borrow money from school districts to meet state cash flow needs. A similar bill was introduced and passed in the state Senate last year, with Sen. Sieben’s support. “This provision hurts our school districts,” Sen. Sieben said. […] Read more