Sen. Bakk statement on Governor’s budget proposal

The following is a statement from Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk on the Governor’s budget proposal: “A little more than a decade ago, while our state and nation were enjoying one of the greatest economic booms the world had ever seen, leaders in St. Paul passed a series of sweeping, permanent tax cuts totaling […] Read more

Reinert Voices Support for Governor’s Budget Proposal

Today, Senator Roger Reinert voiced his support for the Governor’s FY2012-13 budget proposal. “The Governor has put forward a fair, responsible and balanced budget,” said Senator Reinert. “It addresses the Minnesota budget deficit in a complete and thoughtful way; investing in our future and creating a tax structure that is more progressive for Minnesotans. The […] Read more

Sen. Stumpf votes to protect property tax payers

This week, the Minnesota Senate voted on the first budget bill of the legislative session. The new Republican majority in the Senate said they wanted to bring forward an early budget reduction bill that would start chipping away at the state’s $6.2 billion deficit. Initially, I was glad to see an early focus on the […] Read more

Majority budget is unbalanced, harmful

To the editor: Instead of taking a holistic approach to resolving Minnesota’s deficit, the Senate Majority has offered a partial solution addressing only one-seventh of the state’s shortfall. Their proposal is unbalanced in the sacrifices it asks people to make, targeting Minnesota’s most vulnerable through cuts to property tax relief and health care programs. Minnesota […] Read more

Senate DFL votes against $428 million property tax increase bill

Senate Democrats today voted against a bill that would increase property taxes by $428 million, raise tuition at the state’s colleges and universities, cut funding to child protection, and jeopardize public safety and veterans programs. The so-called “Phase One” budget bill (House File 130) was approved with unanimous Republican support, and will now head to […] Read more

Local story prompts legislation from Sen. Sparks

This week, I introduced a bill that I hope will increase regulation of Title Company and Closing Agents in Minnesota. The idea for this bill was prompted by a local news story about a title company employee who is charged with diverting about $1 million from escrow accounts over a period of six months. Once […] Read more