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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SAINT PAUL, MN – It was announced today that two nursing homes, Faribault Care Center and Owatonna Care Center, were placed in the care of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) through a court-ordered receivership. The two care centers are… Read More »Senator Jensen Statement on Owatonna and Faribault Nursing Homes