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.
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.
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… Read More »Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council Allocates Funding
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,… Read More »Senate Bonding Committee to Visit Bemidji
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… Read More »2015 Legislative Session Brings Big Wins to the Northwoods
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… Read More »Senate E-12 Finance Bill Includes Big Wins for Rural Schools