Legislative Update

Hello Neighbors, While the Legislature is in recess this week, I would like to take this time to look back on the accomplishments from the 2012 Legislative session. As you know, our legislative agenda for this session has been reform efforts focused on promoting fiscal responsibility, job growth, quality education and a smarter, quicker and more […]

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Budget Forecast-Additional $323 Million Surplus

We turned a $6.2 Billion Deficit into a $1.2 Billion Surplus- The Republican plan is working. Good fiscal management by Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature has turned the state’s bleak economic outlook from a year ago into more positive news. The February forecast estimates a $323 Million dollar surplus in addition to the $876 Million […]

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House Update

Dear Friends, Yesterday, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation that removes teacher seniority as the only component to be considered in teacher layoffs. HF1870 would allow school districts to consider teacher effectiveness when layoffs occur. Currently Minnesota is one of only eleven states that are still using only seniority to determine who is retained. […]

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Lawsuit Reform Vetoed, Child Care Assistance Funds, Tort Reform

Dear Friends, Updates on legislation. Lawsuit Reform Vetoed- Governor Dayton has vetoed four bills that attempted to correct flaws in our tort system. These bills passed the Minnesota Legislature with bipartisan support. The Governor’s veto is a setback for jobs and consumers. By vetoing this legislation Governor Dayton is ignoring the priority of 45 regional […]

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Reform 2.0 is not a Republican agenda. It is Minnesota’s agenda.

Dear Friends, This week marked the beginning of the 2012 legislative session. This year’s agenda, which we have named Reform 2.0, will focus on government reform efforts that will expand economic freedom, create opportunity and get government out of the way of job creators, encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. We will do this by enhancing the […]

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Taxing ‘the rich’ isn’t enough. We need longer vision

A good article from the Opinion page of the Pioneer Press- Roger Taxing ‘the rich’ isn’t enough. We need longer vision Pioneer Press Updated: 07/01/2011 08:09:19 PM CDT http://www.twincities.com/opinion/ci_18393926 What we have here is a failure to compromise. Much of the state budget could have been passed, but the governor chose not to get those […]

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Attempting to Reach a Solution

Dear Friends, I am in meetings at the Capitol today as we attempt to get a budget solution in place before the fiscal year ends at midnight, preventing a government shutdown from starting tomorrow. The governor must call a special session in order for us to pass the bills necessary to keep government operating past […]

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GOP has Compromised

Dear Friends, Speaker Zellers and Majority Leader Koch held a news conference this morning to discuss the state budget. Governor Mark Dayton has not put forward a complete and balanced budget in 90 days. His 50/50 proposal is neither complete or balanced. The GOP has put forward three budget offers – the session budget; kids, […]

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Balanced Budget, Efficiencies and Reform

Dear Friends, The 2011 legislative session has adjourned and we put in long, hard hours to pass a balanced budget, new government efficiencies and education reform. The governor approved our plan for creating alternative licensing pathways for teachers. We also passed a new performance-based evaluation system for teachers and principals and scholarships to help low-income […]

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We're Suffering from Sticker Shock!

The grocery store is more expensive. The thermostat is more expensive. Clothing is more expensive. A burger and fries is more expensive. Bacon is more expensive. The gas station is more expensive. Energy Costs +12.8% Fruits & Vegetables +14% Butter +19.6% Coffee & Tea +8.2% Ground Beef +9.8% Pork +9.9% Eggs +4.5% Potatoes +5.9% Governor […]

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