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

Sen. Reinert Defends Veterans’ Services in Budget Cut Bill

Today freshman Senator Roger Reinert dedicated his first floor speech in the Minnesota Senate to the defense of veterans’ services. The Republican budget cut bill (HF130) conference committee report was debated on the Senate floor before being passed 37 to 28. During that debate, Senator Reinert moved that the bill be sent back to conference […] Read more

Sen. Skoe stands up for property tax relief

Governor Mark Dayton presented his State of the State address this week and stressed the need for the legislature and governor to put aside politics and work together on a responsible solution to the state’s $6.2 billion budget deficit. In his terms – and I agree with the governor – “responsible” means a solution that […] Read more

Investing in our education system

Many of the conversations at the State Capitol this session surround the state’s economy and what the Legislature can do to move Minnesota towards prosperity. Much of the time, the discussions focus on the Governor’s capital investment bill and a variety of bills focused on helping Minnesota’s job creators. Another topic we need to discuss, […] Read more

Legislators Voice Concern over Report’s “Editing”

Senator Kathy Sheran and Representative Terry Morrow today voiced their concern over a critical sex offender program report requested by the Legislature that was edited by high-ranking Pawlenty appointee, Cal Ludeman prior to its release. “Last session, legislators asked the Pawlenty administration for a report on the state’s sex offender program and possible cost containment […] Read more