Stumpf: State budget work should begin promptly

Twice a year, state economists present an economic forecast to the Minnesota Legislature. The forecast details the state’s revenue collections and spending patterns and estimates the state’s budget balance for upcoming fiscal years. Last November, the Legislature learned the state’s budget balance for Fiscal Years 2012-2013 was $6.2 billion in the red. The updated February […] Read more

Gov. Dayton Appointments Sen. Wiger to Education Commission of the States

Gov. Mark Dayton recently announced Sen. Chuck Wiger’s appointment to the Education Commission of the States. Senator Wiger represents North St Paul, Maplewood and Oakdale in the Minnesota Senate. “I am honored to receive this appointment,” said Sen. Wiger. “Offering a quality education is extremely important to the future of our state and nation. States’ […] Read more

Sen. Bakk to GOP: Stop the games, show us your budget

Earlier today, members of the Senate DFL Caucus voted against a Republican attempt to bring up pieces of the Governor’s budget for a vote on the Senate floor. Below is a statement from Sen. Bakk on the vote: “Today makes one thing perfectly clear: the Republican majority has no idea how to tackle the $5 […] Read more

Forecast hints at good news for Minnesota’s economy

On Feb. 28, state economists released an updated economic forecast that shows the state’s 2012-2013 budget deficit is about $1.2 billion less than was predicted in November 2010. A $5 billion shortfall now remains for the two-year budget cycle that begins July 1. Most of the improvement is a result of higher-than-expected revenue collections in […] Read more

Agriculture Department recommends flood precautions for farmers

The beginning of March typically brings worries about spring flooding in Minnesota, especially this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has begun distributing information on how to reduce the impact of spring flooding, including important contact information to use if your property experiences any damage. Foremost, the Department is reminding residents to contact their insurance […] Read more

Long Term Care Needs

The 65 and over population is the fastest growing age group in Minnesota. According to the Department of Health, between 2000 and 2030, the 65 and over population will increase from 12.1 percent to 24 percent of the total state population (or about one in every four Minnesotans). Minnesota needs to be prepared for this […] Read more