Once again our part of the state has witnessed a tremendous rainfall and storm event that has resulted is significant flooding and damage to property. City and county officials are still in the early hours of assessing the impact on our neighbors and businesses and I remain in contact with them. While initial reports say that the flooding is not as serve as what was experienced in 2012, that is no consolation to those who are affected by this most recent storm.
The recently released 2016 Senate bonding bill is good news for Minnesota and includes needed investments in our part of the state. Bonding is a critical component of what we do at the state legislature. The state owns billions of dollars’ worth of property and real estate and it is the state’s responsibility to take care of it. The 2016 bonding bill is a $1.5 billion investment in our future, will fund several critical projects in our communities, is a true economic development tool, and will create more than 40,000 jobs.
Health and Human Services Budget Division Chair Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) unveiled budget recommendations today for programs that support vulnerable Minnesotans including children and older adults. The bill funds ongoing initiatives to address health crises in Minnesota, refines previously vetted programs, and supports highly-valued programs.
St. Paul, Minn.—Today the Paid Family and Medical Leave Coalition held a press conference headlined by bill chief author Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove). Many DFL Senators attended to show their support for this important bill. The following Senators have released statements of support for paid family and medical leave, a Senate […] Read more
The Minnesota Senate passed the Health and Human Services Omnibus Budget Bill off the Floor this evening on a 49-16 vote. While the Senate and House budget bills were approximately $1.5 billion apart in recommendations – the House cut $1.1 billion and the Senate invested more than $341 million – the agreement between the two […] Read more
One of the most important duties of the state legislature is oversight of the agencies which make up our government. This oversight includes making sure taxpayer money is spent responsibly, and departments are held accountable. As a whole the Minnesota health exchange or MNsure has made significant progress with thousands of Minnesotans who were once […] Read more