City Council Could Appoint College Student Members

College students could be appointed as non-voting members of Minnesota city councils under terms of legislation introduced Monday by Sen. Kathy Sheran. Under the initial proposal, city councils in communities with higher education institutions would be allowed the appointing power; however no city is required to participate. “This legislation offers cities authority to allow for […] Read more

Skoe appointed to Natural Resources Committee

Although the 2011 legislative session already started, a few committee details still are being finalized. At least one committee – the Environment and Natural Resources committee – had a vacant post and this week, I was very pleased to learn I will be filling that spot. It will be my first time serving on the […] Read more

Sen. Reinert Re-Introduces Great Lakes Aquarium Transfer Bill

Senator Roger Reinert introduced legislation this week to transfer ownership of the Great Lakes Aquarium from the City of Duluth to the University of Minnesota Duluth. This is identical to the legislation he introduced as a House member in 2009. “I continue to believe that this is a win-win for all of us in the […] Read more

Cutting state workforce will not improve government efficiency

A bill introduced to the Legislature this week would require Minnesota to reduce its state employee workforce by 15 percent by 2015, reducing the state’s workforce by 5,000 jobs. State Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, said the legislation would be disastrous for Minnesota’s economy. “Just a week after unveiling a plan to give tax breaks […] Read more

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