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Deficit spending is not the way to end session

In January, many legislators from both political parties promised the 2012 legislative session would be focused on job creation and economic growth. In the nearly four months since session began, there certainly have been opportunities to make that happen. I carried the Governor’s Jobs Bill, which provided tax incentives and...

 

An update on hunting, fishing license fee increases

The legislature this week considered a measure that would have increased hunting and fishing license fees in order to raise about $11 million for the Department of Natural Resource’s Game and Fish Fund. That revenue helps support important needs such as fish stocking, enforcement and management of wildlife areas, conservation...

 

More bonding would bring more jobs

Even-numbered years in the Minnesota legislature typically are reserved for capital investment work. Members advocate for public projects around the state that could use financial help, and the legislature compiles a package of recommendations to receive state funding. The money for these projects is not derived from the...

 

Tax bill should be paid for

The Senate Tax Committee approved an Omnibus Tax Bill this week that the full Senate will be asked to vote on in the coming days. The legislature isn’t crafting a budget this year so the bill isn’t very broad, but it does contain some worthwhile provisions. The bill also uses the budget reserve to fund these provisions, and...

 

State sees budget surplus, but money already spent

The state’s economic experts released a new budget forecast Wednesday that revealed the state has an additional $323 million available for the current budget cycle. This is another good sign that Minnesota’s economy may be starting to recover from the recession. The November 2011 forecast also showed a modest surplus, and...

 

Health care cuts will negatively affect local hospitals

Minnesota lawmakers passed all budget bills to Governor Mark Dayton last week, even though there still was no agreement between the Governor and lawmakers as to how to solve the $5 billion budget deficit. Republican leaders in the House and Senate forged ahead with their all-cuts budget, which makes deep spending cuts that will...

 

Redistricting plans will change Northern Minnesota districts

Aside from solving the budget deficit, the legislature is tasked with another main duty before the session ends next week. Along with the Governor, we must produce plans to create new legislative and Congressional district boundaries throughout the state, in response to the 2010 Census data. Every 10 years, states around the cou...

 

May 23 deadline quickly approaching

This week, Governor Mark Dayton admitted that his optimism for adjourning the 2011 legislative session on time, on May 23, is waning. This is disappointing to hear, but not surprising. As much as he’s tried to begin negotiations with the legislature, the Republican leadership in the House and Senate haven’t responded to his...

 

Time running out to complete state budget

The legislature has reached the final days of the 2011 session. By May 23 – less than three weeks from now – we have to agree with the Governor on a budget under which the state will operate for the next two years. Right now, we have $5 billion less in the state’s coffers than we need to fulfill all of the obligations...

 

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