Republicans slash higher education budget

Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate finished their work this week on a higher education bill that slashes funding for Minnesota’s higher education institutions, and returns the state to 1998 funding levels. “We are continuing to see the devastating effects of the Republican’s all-cut budget,” said State Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul. “As our […] Read more

LGA Phase-Out Unwarranted and Unfair

Senator Roger Reinert voiced strong opposition to action taken in Tax Conference Committee last night that would eliminate Local Government Aid for Duluth, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. One of the last motions, in a committee meeting that lasted until midnight on Thursday, was to accept the House provision to phase out LGA payments to cities […] Read more

Senate passes synthetic marijuana bill

Following the near fatality of a Hastings teenager in 2010, Senator Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove) announced her intent to make synthetic marijuana illegal. The Minnesota State Senate passed legislation today making the sale of synthetic marijuana a gross misdemeanor and any possession of synthetic marijuana a misdemeanor. “This product is clearly dangerous and should be […] Read more

Senate approves bill for local and statewide environmental projects

In 2008, Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment to, “Protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater by […] Read more