President talks to students

On Tuesday, September 8, President Barack Obama will address school children across the country on the importance of education. It will be broadcast live 1:00 p.m. eastern standard time on the White House website. All are invited to watch. Classrooms are encouraged to tune in and to select from a series of activities that the […]

On Rebuilding Equalizing Institutions

I’ve been reading Robert Kuttner’s “The Squandering of America” he makes a great case for why we need to transform our country to restore the middle class and our democracy. He makes it clear how the misguided policies of the last decade have cost us dearly as a nation and a people. He offers hope […]


On Thursday, June 25 the Minnesota High Tech Association is putting together an event that will focus on opportunities for companies as a result of the economic stimulus legislation. Economic Stimulus Package – Federal & State Technology Opportunities: How to Get Your Fair Share? will provide the most current analysis of the American Recovery and […]

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), […]


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 […]
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