State economist warns against an all-cuts budget solution

“Since the moment Gov. Dayton put his budget on the table, Republican leaders have attacked the Governor for proposing so-called “job-killing” tax increases. Today, that rhetoric was met with a sharp dose of reality. State Economist Tom Stinson was clear in stating that the all-cuts budget proposed by Republicans will do more harm to our […] Read more

State economist warns against an all-cuts budget solution

“Since the moment Gov. Dayton put his budget on the table, Republican leaders have attacked the Governor for proposing so-called “job-killing” tax increases. Today, that rhetoric was met with a sharp dose of reality. State Economist Tom Stinson was clear in stating that the all-cuts budget proposed by Republicans will do more harm to our […] Read more

Governor’s budget offers starting point

The Governor recently released his budget proposal, offering a starting point for the negotiations to balance Minnesota’s $6.2 billion deficit. He made suggestions on making cuts, streamlining services, investing in priority areas, and bringing in revenue. The legislative majorities now can offer up their comprehensive budget solution so the hard work can begin. I am […] Read more

Sieben Supports Repeal of School Borrowing Law

Sen. Katie Sieben voiced her support for legislation that would repeal a state law allowing the state to borrow money from school districts to meet state cash flow needs. A similar bill was introduced and passed in the state Senate last year, with Sen. Sieben’s support. “This provision hurts our school districts,” Sen. Sieben said. […] Read more

Spending cuts an important part of budget solution

The budget discussion continued at the Capitol this week, with most of the focus on the Governor’s proposal that was released last week. Right now, that is the only budget plan we have to analyze. The House and Senate will release their ideas to solve the $6.2 billion shortfall after the state’s new economic forecast […] Read more

Sieben bill funds Newport flood mitigation

State Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, has introduced legislation to help the City of Newport purchase fifteen properties along the temporary levee. Her bill, S.F. 453, provides $3.2 million in bonds to the City to help with this flood mitigation effort. “This emergency levee was built in 1969 by the Army Corps of Engineers to […] Read more