Bakk highlights needed focus on challenges facing the Black community in Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn—Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) elaborated on other issues DFL Senators would like considered in negotiations for a potential Special Session this morning, in addition to unemployment benefits for steelworkers in Northern Minnesota and REAL ID compliance. Another issue of primary concern for the Senate DFL Caucus is how best to support […] Read more

Sen. Dahle: Reflections on the 2015 Legislative Session

(Northfield, MN)- When the Minnesota Legislature started its business several months ago, the state had a nearly two billion dollar surplus, but the House and Senate disagreed on many fiscal and policy issues. This year saw plenty of drama, including a special session, but compromise was the key to avoiding a government shutdown, resolving our […] Read more

Sen. Hoffman: Special Session About Good Governing

Sen. Hoffman explains his Special Session votes Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) voted for good governing on Friday, taking part in his first legislative special session since being elected. The Minnesota Legislature met on Friday morning to vote on six bills that they either didn’t have time to address during regular session, or were vetoed by […] Read more

2015 Legislative Session Brings Big Wins to the Northwoods

ST. PAUL, MINN – During this legislative session, Senator Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) was happy to have passed bills into law that contained a number of high-profile issues. In the education bill, Saxhaug advocated for the American Indian students, citing the gross disparity in assistance compared to the rest of Minnesota students. He argued it […] Read more

$373.4 Million Bonding Bill Passes in Special Session

Bill invests in needed infrastructure repairs and maintenance ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Legislature has passed a $373.4 million Bonding Bill during its one-day Special Session on Friday. Senate Capital Investment Chair Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) helped draft the bipartisan bill, and says the legislation is a solid step forward in taking care of critical […] Read more

Sen. Wiger: Special Session Leads to Historic Investment in Education

“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — Vince Lombardi House and Senate leaders have finally arrived at an agreement with Governor Dayton on E-12 funding. While the agreement was clearly a compromise, I’m viewing the $525 million E-12 bill as […] Read more