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Making Sure All People Have the Freedom to Marry the Person They Love

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Marriage Equality Act last week by a vote of 75 to 59 with bipartisan support. With House lawmakers already having passed a comprehensive budget and awaiting our conference committees to iron out a final package, it was the right time to bring this bill up for a vote. […]
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Energy Omnibus Bill

The Omnibus Energy Bill passed the House last Tuesday. If HF956 becomes law, it would set Minnesota’s first solar energy generation requirement for the state’s utilities at 4 percent by 2025. Renewable energy production for the state would need to be 40 percent by 2030. The bill as it’s written now, would allow for private citizens […]
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House DFL Lawmakers Taking Serious Steps to Grow Our Economy, Expand Middle Class

Last week the Minnesota House passed a series of comprehensive bills that invest in priorities like our children’s education and property tax cuts. To pay for these important investments, we passed our tax bill. It eliminates our $627 million deficit without gimmicks and pays back the remaining $854 million school shift. The bills we passed make […]
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St. Olaf Social Work Students Visit the Capitol

I visited with St. Olaf social work students today concerned about cuts to health and human services.  They are very familiar with the needs of mentally ill as well as those who live on the edge in our society and the services they need.

Job Creation, Property Tax Relief and More

My latest video update describes the $250 million House DFL property tax package delivers direct, targeted relief for up to one million Minnesotans. It includes $157 million for the Homestead Credit Refund, $15.5 million for the Renter’s Credit, $60 million for LGA, and $28 million for County Program Aid. More than 300,000 homeowners (about three-fourths […]
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As Storm Season Approaches, Inventory Your Home

SAINT PAUL, MN – The first day of spring signals entry into severe weather season – floods, thunderstorms, and tornadoes.  Minnesotans understand the volatility of weather, seeing record number of tornadoes in 2011 and an increased tornado season in 2012, beginning in March and ending in November. Consumers who have experienced the devastation of a […]

Minnesota Youth Council Accepting Applications

The Minnesota Alliance with Youth is looking for youth-adult pairs from across the state of Minnesota to serve on the Minnesota Youth Council for the purpose of expanding the youth voice and to be a part of decision-making processes at the state and local level. The MYC uses a youth-adult partnership model, where youth and […]
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Board Vacancy Notices from Secretary of State

The Secretary of State’s Office today released the monthly notice of vacancies that have occurred in multi-member state agencies, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes. Application forms may be found online or may be obtained from the Office of the Secretary of State, Open Appointments, 180 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., […]
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Citizen Input Contributed to Development of Budget

Last week the House DFL Majority released a budget framework that puts Minnesota on sound fiscal footing and moves our state forward. It reflects our focus on creating jobs, balancing Minnesota’s budget without any gimmicks, and making investments that grow the middle class. These investments include making sure our children receive a great education and […]