Week in Review Ending April 28, 2009

CAPITAL INVESTMENT/BONDING A basic bread and butter jobs bills that focuses on paintbrush ready projects around the state. AGRICULTURE AND VETERANS FINANCE Increases Veterans’ Affairs and Veterans’ Homes. Makes strategic cuts to agriculture that saves jobs, preserves critical programs and invests in biofuels and green jobs. HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE Caps tuition increases, targets scholarships for […]

Week in Review ending April 3, 2009

CAPITAL INVESTMENT The Capital Investment Committee passed H.F. 855, the 2009 Capital Investment Bill, which provides $200 million in General Obligation bonding. COMMERCE & LABOR The Commerce Committee passed a bill (HF 1056-Howes) to assure that electricians, plumbers and other subcontractors get paid in a timely manner. It also passed the annual Workers’ Compensation Reform […]

Remember, Remember: “Earth Hour” – March 28, 2009 – 8:30 – 9:30 PM

Just to remind everyone reading this blog about the upcoming “Earth Hour:”   Dawn Radabaugh, a concerned citizen from Northfield, passed along that on March 28, 2009, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., millions of people around the globe will be turning off the lights for one hour –“Earth Hour” – to make a bold statement […]

Bigger than the big sky.

I first met Bill Holm in spring of 1976 when I drove 60 miles from the Molden Farm near Milan to Minneota with my friend Alan Kittelson to attend a class in Modern Scandinavian Literature. We were a little early and Bill’s cousin Daren answered the door, and a little bashful as we entered the […]

Week in Review ending March 12

AGRICULTURE AND VETERANS The Policy committee passed veterans bills giving preferences to veteran-owned small businesses. It also passed ag bills dealing with pesticide application along railroads, classification of ag research data, and changing loan program terms. COMMERCE & LABOR The committee passed a bill this week (HF 866-Hosch) to create a health insurance program for […]

Thank You

Dear Friends, I want to thank everyone who took the time to attend and participate in one of the town hall meetings I held in February in Northfield, Belle Plaine, Montgomery and New Prague. Hearing your views and ideas helps me represent our communities at the Capitol and it is rewarding to represent such active […]

Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF)

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is seeking two communities that want to learn how to capitalize on the assets of new immigrants and minority populations to increase their local economies.  As part of the grant, SMIF will provide up to $15,000 for community projects along with training and coaching. SMIF’s grant uses an asset-affirming approach, […]

Snapshots – Week in Review ending March 6, 2009

The Snapshot is a 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 refer to the House website, or […]

The Minnesota Health Act

On Thursday March 5th I will be giving a presentation on The Minnesota Health Act.  This is a single-payer health plan for all Minnesotans that I have introduced in the Legislature.  We have one of the most expensive health care systems in the world and yet many people are just not able to receive the […]