Conservation Corps – Jobs for the Environment

State Rep Rick Hansen has introduced Bill HF 345 to provide funding to the Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC). We have had numerous discussions on how to allocate the expected funds generated by the environmental Constitutional Amendment. MCC has a proven track record of getting the job done and providing meaningful experiences and employment to our […]

Q-Comp Evaluation

The Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor has released the program evaluation, Q- Comp: Quality Compensation for Teachers. To read the full report visit the State Auditor’s website.

Early Childhood Education – 2008

This has been called one of the most productive legislative sessions we’ve seen in many years. As you know with the tremendous work of members and staff we were successful in passing increases for transportation, education and nursing home workers. We balanced a $1 billion budget deficit, and passed property tax relief, as well as […]

End of session and beyond

The 2008 session ended in the midst of the State’s celebration of its 150th birthday. This photo shows the rare occasion where the chandelier of the rotunda was lit. Saturday’s session began at 10:00am and ended at 4:30am the next day. We started up again later on Sunday at 1:00pm. As you might imagine I […]

Lawmakers Beat the Clock

On Sunday, May 18th, the 85th MN Legislature and the Governor agreed on the Omnibus Budget Bill (HF 1812.) The deal was reached just hours before the clock ran out on the 2008 session. With a group of Civil War re-enactors singing songs from the 1850-60’s era in the Rotunda, Rep. Lyndon Carlson, (DFL 45B), […]

LEGISLATIVE ANNUAL READ-A-THON

Knowing the benefits of reading early and often to young children, I and State Representative Lynn Wardlow hosted the 6th Annual bi-partisan Early Childhood Read-a-Thon at the State Capitol April 16th. The annual event brings together legislators from both parties of the Minnesota House and Senate to read to area pre-school students. I still cherish […]

School District Capital Facilities Bond

Minnesota is facing a $935 million budget deficit due to our state’s recent economic downturn. As the Legislature looks to make those targeted budget cuts, we need to ensure that we are not cutting those investments that pay-off in the future such as education. In 2003, when the state faced a larger budget deficit, the […]

Addressing the Budget Deficit

The 2008 Legislature will use all the tools available to close the budget gap, including cuts. However, we will take a long-term “balanced approach” that Minnesotans want us to do when it comes to solving this crisis. Finance committees will begin their work soon. The Governor has proposed a short-term view and fails to address […]

Budget Cuts at the U of M and MNSCU

A March 12, 2008, front page article in the STPP reports that state college costs for Minnesota students are nearly twice the U. S. average.   To read the article click here, click on the home tab, and choose Archived Search and enter “college costs” in the search box.   On average, tuition fees for a full-time student in Minnesota are $4,720. The national average […]
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