Health care cuts will negatively affect local hospitals

Minnesota lawmakers passed all budget bills to Governor Mark Dayton last week, even though there still was no agreement between the Governor and lawmakers as to how to solve the $5 billion budget deficit. Republican leaders in the House and Senate forged ahead with their all-cuts budget, which makes deep spending cuts that will have […] Read more

Sen. Reinert Defends LGA on the Senate Floor

Last night, Senator Roger Reinert defended the need and purpose of Local Government Aid in a speech on the floor of the Minnesota Senate. The speech was part of the debate on the Omnibus Tax Conference Committee report (HF42). The conference committee report included cuts that Senator Reinert called the “House plus” approach to LGA […] Read more

Sen. Cohen comments on GOP budget impact hearing

“Earlier today, I had the honor of chairing a hearing that gave a voice to dozens of Minnesotans that would be impacted by the Republican’s all-cuts budget proposal. We heard from disabled citizens that will lose their independence and in-home care because of these budget cuts. The Minnesota Hospital Association predicted 13,000 to 18,000 lost […] Read more

Partisan Rhetoric Trumping Budget Compromise

At the beginning of this legislative session, I was eager to begin the work of addressing the serious issues that confront Minnesota families and the state as a whole. In particular, our most critical challenges are balancing the $5 billion budget deficit and getting Minnesotans back to work. The 2011 session began on a promising […] Read more