Senator Hayden applauds creation of Office of Career and Business Opportunity

Saint Paul, Minn. — Following a recent census report that found persistent and worsening economic disparity for Minnesota’s communities of color, Governor Dayton has announced the creation of the Office of Career and Business Opportunity to help workers and businesses of color find career paths and business opportunities in Minnesota. Deputy Majority Leader Senator Jeff […] Read more

Professional Engineers Benefit under Sen. Dahle Bill

(St. Paul, MN)- A bill to cut down on red tape for Minnesota’s professional engineers passed the Senate today on a 63-0 vote. Senator Kevin Dahle (DFL-Northfield) authored the bill, which would remove the need for an additional license or certification for engineering actions already covered under the professional engineering license. If signed by the […] Read more

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New Bill Offers Free Tuition at State Community & Technical Colleges

Legislation addresses state’s workforce shortage of skilled workers In an effort to help stem Minnesota’s workforce shortage and offer a new path for students to access quality higher education, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) has chief authored the College Tuition Relief Bill. The bill, S.F. 2, proposes to pay for two years at a MnSCU campus […] Read more

Rural Task Force Members Unified on Workforce Development Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The bi-partisan centerpiece legislation from the Senate Rural Task Force is now supported by both parties in the House of Representatives as well. The legislation invests in rural career counseling coordinators to advise youth of employment and education opportunities. The bill has already passed out of two Senate committees; the Senate […] Read more

Why Investment in Workforce Housing is Critical

According to the Minnesota Rural Counties Caucus, who has lobbied the legislature on behalf of small towns and rural counties for more than two decades, workforce housing has risen from a never discussed topic – to the number one priority in a matter of a few years.

Mobile Manufacturing Lab Could be Boon to Northwest Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn – In an effort to expose more young Northwest Minnesota students to the manufacturing sector, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) is authoring a bill to provide funds for a mobile welding training facility. The Pine to Prairie Cooperative Center (a consortium of 29 school districts) and Northland Community and Technical College have partnered […] Read more