Sen. Jensen

Zero interest loans available for flood-affected farmers

In response to recent flooding, the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) has lowered its interest rate on the Disaster Loan program to zero percent to help farmers cover the costs of replacing and repairing damaged or lost items that were not covered by insurance. This includes farmers in Dodge, Rice, Steele and Waseca Counties.

Student Loan Tax Credit

As co-authors of the student loan tax credit, we are thrilled this landmark provision is part of the final, agreed upon tax bill. When the House refused to give the bill a hearing, we were concerned it would not become part of the final tax compromise.

Senate DFL HHS Recommendations Invest in Children, Address Health Crises, and Support Aging Adults

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.

Equity Subcommittee Holds First Hearing

The Senate Equity Subcommittee co-chaired by Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) convened its first hearing today on the anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 which provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or national origin.

Senate Education Committee announces top priorities for 2016 session

Ending the state’s teacher shortage crisis, addressing Minnesota’s 46thstudent to counselor ratio ranking and expanding pre-k for Minnesota’s 4-year-olds are among the Senate Education Committee’s top priorities for the 2016 legislative session. Senate Education Chair Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) was joined by Sen. Kevin Dahle (DFL-Northfield), Sen. Vicki Jensen (DFL-Owatonna), Sen. Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) and Sen. Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove) today to discuss their committee priorities in an Expanding Education Opportunities press conference.