State Economist praises the Federal Stimulus Money

A thorough and informative article was published by Doug Grow from titled “Budget forecast highlights the vastly different federal stimulus views of Pawlenty and state economist.”  As it states in the article, Gov. Pawlenty has been in “attack mode” regarding almost everything the Obama administration has been doing including the federal stimulus money.  However, […]

What is a bonding bill?

Today chair of the Capital Investment committee, Rep. Alice Hausman presented the House Bonding Bill and I have been receiving e-mails about my coming vote on the bill. Most of them use a draft provided by the group Minnesota Majority. These drafts seem to confuse bonding and general fund expenditures. I came upon a good […]

$1 Billion Bonding Proposal Could Create 10,000 Jobs

The Capital Investment Bill introduced on Thursday focuses on job creation, funding for Minnesota State colleges and universities and additional monies for buses and light rail. The HF2700 Bonding Bill Spreadsheet_1 presents a list of projects and proposed funding levels being considered. You can follow the progress of the Bill on the Minnesota House of […]


Recently I was in a meeting with several legislators who got some advice from former Gov. Arne Carlson. He said we have two problems: one, the budget and the second, job creation. He urged us to be as creative as we could about the latter. He echoed the words of State Economist Tom Stinson who […]

SMIF Seeks AmeriCorps Members

April Johnson knows first hand the joy of being part of a child’s success as she serves as an AmeriCorps member at Faribault’s Three Rivers Head Start. She spends her days helping young children learn to read. She also relishes their smiles as they enjoy a favorite story for the fourth or fifth time. The […]

Information on the Bonding Bill

On Monday afternoon, April 7, 2008, Governor Pawlenty used the line-item veto 52 times to trim the bonding bill to $717 million – a reduction of 13%. Basically the Governor vetoed thousands of jobs that would have been created all around our state at the time when Minnesota’s economy needs the extra boost. The line-item […]

Nursing Home COLA

After an intense lobbying effort from advocates and from legislators like myself and Rep. Patti Fritz, Majority Leader Tony Sertich advised us of the following: “We wanted you to be aware that after receiving significant feedback from the caucus, an amendment was added by Rep. Huntley to the Health and Human Services portion of the […]

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF)

Just a reminder that the April 4, 2008 deadline is approaching for requests for seed money available from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Up to $25,000 in seed capital is available for biobusinesses through the newly created Bio Seed Fund. These funds are designed to support start up and expanding bio-medical, bio-agriculture and renewable energy […]

“Legislature is earning high marks for efficiency”

That is the headline of a March 14 editorial in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.  The Legislature has accomplished more in one month than some Legislature’s handle in an entire session and we have just begun. Some of the accomplishments are: The first comprehensive transportation package in 20 years. Early passage in the House of a Capital […]
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