Paul Gardner’s Plain English Guide to the Minnesota State Budget!

Those of you interested in understanding Minnesota’s budget process would be greatly helped by visiting Paul Gardner’s blog.  He did a great job making it easier to understand. I served with Paul in the MN House two terms and he is a great legislator who passed some very important environmental legislation.  You can get a […]

Cost of Healthcare

My friend Steve Jaunsz sent me this e-mail after reading my post on healthcare: Here is some information on Minnesota health organizations that relate to their revenues and expenses. The Minneapolis StarTribune published an annual report of the top 100 nonprofits in Minnesota for 2009 in the Sunday 12/19/2010 newspaper. The top 15 organizations in […]

New Laws Effective Jan. 1

The following is a list of selected new laws passed during the 2010 legislative session that take effect Jan. 1, 2011.  A complete summary of all laws passed by the 2010 Legislature is available online from the nonpartisan House Public Information Services Office. CONSUMERS – Solving home warranty disputes Homeowners have the right to make […]

“Who’s Minding the Store?”

Early this week Sen. John Marty published a piece about the growing concern about our inability to discern the cost of having private HMOs manage our public health plans.  It followed the firing of David Feinwachs, an attorney for the Minnesota Hospital Association.  He was fired apparently because HMO’s applied pressure to push him out […]

My 2010 Thanksgiving poem

THANKSGIVING 2010 Between the frozen meats and the aged cheese A small man in a green cap pulled down over his ears Looked at me with sad blue eyes and said, “Deep in the earth there are small particles Invisible to the eye that dream of being transformed Into honey by the delicate flight of […]

Recount Info

Here’s what I know about the recount.  The process will occur simultaneously in Scott and Rice County at 9:00 AM on November 29.   The Scott County Recount Official is the Election Supervisor, Mary Kay Kes, and it will be carried out at the Government Center at 205 4th Avenue in Shakopee.  The Rice County Recount Official is Auditor-Treasurer Fran Windschitl and the […]

Veterans Day Message

Thank you to all of our veterans and to those currently serving in the military for your service and sacrifice. I was proud to be part of the work the State of Minnesota did on behalf of veterans. Across all funds, veterans appropriations increased $5.9 million from FY08-09 to FY10-11, a 3.3 percent increase. Here are […]

A Big Thank you!

Thank you, to all those who supported me and worked hard for my re-election; too many to mention by name.  I am proud of my service to the district and the state of Minnesota. We have an excellent election system and it will run its course and I accept the outcome either way.

We Need You Lit Drop Saturday! And Vote November 2nd, 2010!

Hi folks!  We hope you are well.~  David continues to work very hard this campaign season.  If you have any comments or concerns please e-mail him at In addition, if you’d like to learn more, please see David’s issue page. Mark your calendars!~   It’s almost time to vote…November 2nd is almost here.  If you […]