Veterans Services Subject of High-Profile Committee Hearing

Senator Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids), chair of the Minnesota Senate’s State Departments and Veterans Finance Division, led a hearing on Wednesday focused on improving veterans services in the state. Senators heard bills focused on veterans homes, interim housing for Minnesota veterans, and a piece of legislation on badly needed mental health services for veterans, authored by Senator Saxhaug himself. The Division also heard an informational presentation from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) on the progress of veteran home construction and funding.

Iron Range Leaders Respond to Passage of Extended Benefits

Months after discussion of renewing Iron Range unemployment benefits was first discussed, and 16 days after the start of session, the Governor is finally getting a clean unemployment insurance benefits extension bill on his desk. After urging from Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) and Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm), the House of Representatives suspended its rules Thursday afternoon in order to pass both the 26 weeks of unemployment benefits bill and the unemployment insurance tax cuts bill. Sen. Tomassoni offered this statement in response to the successful passage of both bills.

Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council Allocates Funding

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senator Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) attended the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) meeting Tuesday, where the Council determined allocations on a number of items related to the protection, restoration and enhancement of wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for native fish and wildlife. The Council receives one-third of the money raised by the […] Read more

Senate Bonding Committee to Visit Bemidji

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Senate Capital Investment Committee, also known as the Bonding Committee, will be touring Bemidji on Oct. 1. The Bonding Tour is made up of senators who serve on the committee, state experts from Minnesota Management and Budget, and local elected officials. Sen. Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) will be joining the tour while his […] 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

Senate E-12 Finance Bill Includes Big Wins for Rural Schools

ST. PAUL, MINN – Thursday afternoon the Senate E-12 Budget Division passed its $16.88 billion Omnibus Finance Bill, an increase of $361.5 million over the previous biennium. While a 1 percent funding formula increase, significant investment in school readiness and school facilities funding accounts for the majority of the increase, several bills that help school […] Read more