Sen. Sparks says no to property tax, tuition hikes

State Senator Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, said he is proud to be among 27 Minnesota Senate Democrats who stood up against a $322 million property tax increases on all Minnesotans today. Regarding House File 130, which passed the Senate 37-27 on a party-line vote Thursday, Sen. Sparks said: “This legislation has gotten a lot of attention […] Read more

Bonding bill would be good investment

This week brought potential good news for our region, as Governor Mark Dayton announced his proposal for a capital investment bill that could bring hundreds of new jobs and advance repairs and redevelopment projects needed in our communities. I agree with Gov. Dayton that capital investment – or bonding – is one of the best […] Read more

Legislative Survey

Senator Ann H. Rest (DFL – New Hope) is encouraging constituents to weigh in on important issues facing the Minnesota State Legislature. Sen. Rest recently created a survey for constituents on her website at (click “In Touch with Senator Rest”) to give residents in Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, Plymouth and Robbinsdale an opportunity […] Read more

Northland Legislators to Host Town Hall Meetings

Northland legislators Sen. Roger Reinert, Rep. Kerry Gauthier, Rep. Tom Huntley and Rep. Mary Murphy will hold the first of three town hall meetings at Asbury United Methodist Church, on Saturday Feb. 12th from 10:00-11:30 am. Asbury is located at 6822 Grand Avenue. The meeting is open to all constituents and will focus on the […] Read more

Reinert Opposes Passage of Cuts Bill

Today Senator Roger Reinert voiced his opposition to the passage of Senate File 60. The Republican budget cut bill makes the unallotment cuts from last session permanent and includes new cuts to areas of public safety and human services. “This is not a balanced approach,” Senator Reinert said. “It leaves property taxpayers, students, and low […] Read more

Skoe says no to property tax, tuition hikes

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill Thursday that aimed to cut about one-sixth of the state’s budget deficit. It does so by increasing property taxes $322 million statewide, cutting funding for higher education institutions by $185 million, and eliminating money from state agencies for things like Veterans Home repairs and state park maintenance this spring […] Read more