Sen. Bakk: Constitutional amendment just the latest distraction from the GOP

Below is a statement from Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk regarding the proposed gay marriage constitutional amendment: “With just a few short weeks left before the budget deadline, Republican leaders are spending their time pushing their divisive social agenda rather than doing the hard work of passing a balanced budget plan. Today’s announcement is […] Read more

Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force

A recent report on autism prevalence among eight year olds in public schools shows that Minnesota has the highest rate of autism in the United States (Graphing IDEA Professional). The average rate in our country is one in every 126 eight year olds, but in Minnesota, the rate increases to one in every 65. Considering […] Read more

Republican incomplete budget plan

With the 2011 session adjourning in less than five weeks, “ the Republican majority in the Senate is far from finishing even the first step in the process – passing a complete budget,” according to State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm). The House and Senate have approved nine spending budgets and a tax bill, but the […] Read more

Legislative Town Hall Meeting

State Senator Ann H. Rest (DFL-New Hope), State Representative Sandra Peterson (DFL-New Hope) and State Representative Lyndon Carlson (DFL-Crystal) will host a joint town meeting on Saturday, April 30, to discuss issues being addressed this Legislative Session. The meeting will be held from 9:30 AM to 11 AM in the Robbinsdale City Hall (Council Chambers) […] Read more

Local Legislators to Host Health Care Town Hall Meeting

State Sen. Kathy Sheran will host a Health Care Town Hall meeting along with Rep. Terry Morrow and Rep. Kathy Brynaert on Saturday, April 30 at S. Central College in North Mankato. The focus of the meeting will be health care issues and discussion about legislative proposals under consideration at the Capitol. The legislators will […] Read more

Minnesota applying for Bovine TB-Free status

This week, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced it will submit an application for statewide Bovine Tuberculosis-Free status at the end of this month. The Board expects the application to be approved late summer or early fall of this year. Since the disease was first identified in a beef herd in 2005, the Board, […] Read more