“This is an important opportunity to gather information and apply it to my legislative service in Minnesota, especially as it relates to our mining and farming industries.”
Essentia wants to make an $800 million private investment in its community and in a region in dire need of better medical care for its population. If that’s not something legislators of all political stripes can get behind, after we made a far bigger investment in southern Minnesota five short years ago, then we declare our legislative process entirely broken and incapable of addressing the needs of all the people of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Senate on Sunday, May 20 voted by a 42-25 margin to approve a $825 million bonding bill. Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) voted “no” and spoke about his decision in a speech made from the Senate floor.
The Minnesota Senate on Wednesday, May 16 voted by a 35-32 margin to dismantle processes that protect Minnesota taxpayers, landowners, and natural resources from disasters and other liabilities.
Senator Erik Simonson responds to Governor Dayton veto of plan to eliminate wild rice sulfate standard
Governor Mark Dayton today vetoed a plan approved by the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives to eliminate a law requiring a statewide 10 parts-per-million limit for sulfate pollution in wild rice waters.
Senator Erik Simonson: Plan to Repair Duluth’s Streets by Boosting Local Sales Tax Receives First Public Hearing
The Senate Taxes Committee today held its first public hearing about a voter-approved plan to finance local street repairs by increasing Duluth’s sales tax.