Sen. Sheran: Governor’s Bonding Proposal is Good First Step

State Senator Kathy Sheran applauded Governor Mark Dayton’s $1 billion bonding proposal that would create 28,000 jobs and provide funds for much-needed asset preservation, infrastructure improvements and sex offender treatment programs in the District 23 area. Sen. Sheran added that she will also co-author legislation as she has done in the past to provide rehabilitation […] Read more

State demographer highlights need to prioritize education

In this week’s Senate Tax Committee, members heard a presentation from State Demographer Tom Gillaspy. The demographer is responsible for analyzing Census data and other trends, monitoring changes, and reporting to lawmakers about how our state is changing. It’s this type of information that helps the legislature determine the long-term health of the economy, where […] Read more

Sen. Reinert to Introduce Constitutional Amendment

Today Sen. Roger Reinert introduced legislation proposing a constitutional amendment to temporarily fill a legislative vacancy if a legislator is called to active duty. The House bill is authored by Rep. Bob Dettmer (R – Forest Lake). Rep. Dettmer is in the Army Reserve, while Sen. Reinert is a Navy Reservist. The two serve together […] Read more

Property taxpayers have much a stake at the State Capitol next week

This week, the Minnesota Senate moved its first bill of the legislative session to the Senate Floor for consideration. As much as I am committed to working with the new majority party to do good work, I am very nervous about the implications of this bill. In the week before we’re scheduled to vote on […] Read more

Tomassoni Encouraged by Governor’s Actions

The Senate Jobs and Environment and Natural Resources Committees will be holding a joint hearing tomorrow to discuss the current state of mining and other industries in northern Minnesota. State Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL – Chisholm, said he was happy to see that the jobs and natural resources committees are meeting at the Hibbing Community […] Read more

Sen. Cohen: Republican budget bill has real impacts, little input

Minnesota Senator Richard Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, expressed concern Wednesday after Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee passed a bill that is predicted to increase property taxes $322 million, increase tuition among state colleges and universities, and eliminate or reduce child protection and mental health services provided by counties. “The fact that the very first […] Read more