Senator Sheran Appointed to Ethics Subcommittee

Senator Kathy Sheran has been appointed to serve on the Senate Rules Committee’s Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct. She was chosen to serve on the subcommittee by Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk. The subcommittee will be called to investigate a complaint if made by another Senate member. It can also serve in an advisory capacity […] Read more

Sen. Reinert: Cuts to LGA Difficult for Forward-Thinking Duluth

Senator Roger Reinert and Mayor Don Ness today voiced their concerns over the Republican budget bill, introduced Tuesday, and the consequences the bill will have for the city of Duluth, its residents and students. “First, we need to see a complete budget proposal-this bill addresses less than $800 million or so of a $6.4 billion […] Read more

Trade agreement will bring good news to local soybean growers

The 2011 legislative session is well underway, and this year, I’m participating from a very different perspective. The November elections triggered big changes at the Capitol, meaning I am writing this column from a new office with new committee responsibilities and a whole slate of new colleagues. They say change is good, and I do […] Read more

Cutting Corporate Taxes Does Not Help Small Businesses

Minnesota Senate Republican’s first bill provides a big cut to corporations and reduces corporate property taxes to 2009 levels. In light of our $6.2 billion budget deficit, we just cannot afford providing big tax cuts to corporations. Helping large corporations with tax cuts will add at least $200 million to the state’s budget deficit. We […] Read more

Town Hall Meeting

Abraham Lincoln once said, “What I want is to get done what the people desire to have done, and the question for me is how to find that out exactly.” What was true then, is still true today; our government is only as good as its ability to connect with the people. Luckily, getting connected […] Read more

Budget, jobs will be priority of 2011 session

Two weeks into the 2011 legislative session, it is very clear what this year’s focus will be. Every discussion thus far has centered mostly around two topics: The state’s massive budget deficit, and our ability to create new jobs and business in Minnesota. The state’s budget deficit is serious. At $6.2 billion, it accounts for […] Read more