Trade agreement will bring good news to local soybean growers

The 2011 legislative session is well underway, and this year, I’m participating from a very different perspective. The November elections triggered big changes at the Capitol, meaning I am writing this column from a new office with new committee responsibilities and a whole slate of new colleagues. They say change is good, and I do […] Read more

Town Hall Meeting

Abraham Lincoln once said, “What I want is to get done what the people desire to have done, and the question for me is how to find that out exactly.” What was true then, is still true today; our government is only as good as its ability to connect with the people. Luckily, getting connected […] Read more

Cutting Corporate Taxes Does Not Help Small Businesses

Minnesota Senate Republican’s first bill provides a big cut to corporations and reduces corporate property taxes to 2009 levels. In light of our $6.2 billion budget deficit, we just cannot afford providing big tax cuts to corporations. Helping large corporations with tax cuts will add at least $200 million to the state’s budget deficit. We […] Read more

Report emphasizes need for workforce development

The Governor’s Workforce Development Council recently released their 2011 policy advisory document. This Council was established in 1998 and includes representation from many sectors, including: business and industry, community-based organizations, education, local government, organized labor, state agencies, and the State Legislature. They are charged with providing policy recommendations to the Governor and legislature for workforce […] Read more

Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk responds to GOP budget cut proposal

“Minnesota is facing a serious budget challenge, and all sides agree that we will need to make significant spending reductions in the months ahead to bring the state’s budget into balance. Our caucus will be taking a close look at the cuts proposed today by legislative Republican leaders, but will reserve final judgment until they […] Read more

Budget, jobs will be priority of 2011 session

Two weeks into the 2011 legislative session, it is very clear what this year’s focus will be. Every discussion thus far has centered mostly around two topics: The state’s massive budget deficit, and our ability to create new jobs and business in Minnesota. The state’s budget deficit is serious. At $6.2 billion, it accounts for […] Read more