The Middle Class Amendment

During my last campaign I talked frequently about a “Middle Class Amendment” I was working on. I discussed five (5) building blocks on which to build and strengthen our current middle class. Those 5 blocks are: 1. Transportation 2. Education 3. Health Care 4. A Living Wage 5. Clean Environment These five building blocks are […]

Snapshots

WEEK ENDING – JANUARY 23, 2009 Bioscience/workforce development policy division The committee heard testimony from DEED (their mission and goals) and the Commerce Department on the results of the Governor’s Economic Outlook Analysis Team’s work. Civil Justice On Wednesday, January 21, the Civil Justice Committee passed out of Committee the Minnesota False Claims Act, which […]

Snapshots

WEEK ENDING -January 16, 2009 The Snapshot is a new, weekly edition to the blog. It is intended to provide constituents with a glimpse of major pieces of legislation or legislative activity that was discussed in committee(s) during the previous week. For those of you that would like more in-depth coverage of information you can […]

SMIF Offering “Picture It Painted” Grants

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with Valspar Corporation, is looking for groups or communities who want to spruce up their community, neighborhood, or nonprofit center. Once again, free paint products are available to communities and organizations through the annual Picture It Painted Program (PIP).This year SMIF will give priority consideration to collaborative efforts […]

2009 Legislative Session Begins

Dear Friends, The 2009 Legislative Session officially kicked off on January 6th and while it has been busy, I have enjoyed getting back to the State Capitol to work towards the solutions our District and State need in these trying times. We are at a pivotal time in the history of our state. Minnesota workers, […]

State of the State

The Governor let us know his blue print for the historic budget shortfall. His plan is, “Cut taxes and increase spending.” Sound familiar? I don’t know anybody who seriously believes that we can solve this problem without taxes going up at some level of government. We can’t cut spending deeply enough and make things come […]

Session start and legislative meetings

Tuesday, January 6th I was sworn in for my second term as your state representative. I was fortunate to have my son with me who enjoyed the ceremony and posed for a picture with me after the swearing in. He was curious about why President Lincoln’s portrait decorates the front of the House chamber. I […]

SMIF Announces $100,000 in Available Grants

As part of its effort to invest in economic growth within the region, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is offering $100,000 in incentive grants.  Grants up to $20,000 are available to support collaborative projects or programs in emerging business and workforce areas. Pre-applications for this round of grants are due March 2, 2009 with awards […]

Update on the ILSR Conference

  “It is possible to fight over oil but not over wind and sun!” These were the words of Wilfried (Willi) Voigt, Germany’s former Secretary of Energy, as he presented environmentally friendly energy producing ideas and methods at a conference held at St. Olaf on January 9, 2009. Sponsoring the conference was John Farrell of […]