“The Shutdown is coming to an end!
After two weeks, Continue reading
At Midnight, July 1, 2011, and the Minnesota GOP reached one of it’s goals – it proved that it could grind the state government to a near halt. Continue reading
Special legislative session – special rules
The regular session of the Minnesota legislature is over and balancing the state budget is still as formidable a task as it was in January. There is a $5 billion shortfall that an intractable GOP legislature is determined to load on the backs of seniors and vulnerable Minnesotans. Luckily, we have Governor Dayton and his power to say no. Next is a special session of the legislature to solve the problem before Minnesota grinds to a halt.
Exactly what is a special session? Minnesota Budget Bites looked into that question and found that special sessions have special rules. To read what they found, go to
March 10, 2011
“Earlier today the governor reiterated his belief that budgets are a reflection of values and priorities and the decisions we make about the budget affect people’s lives. Based on the spreadsheets the GOP put out today it appears those values and priorities are cutting education, cutting health care, cutting jobs, cutting veterans, and raising property taxes. These cuts will hurt school children, tax payers, businesses and seniors.”
(reposted from http://mn.gov/governor/ )
Prettner Solon Named to Leadership of National Lieutenant Governors Association
March 08, 2011
Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor, Yvonne Prettner Solon, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). The NLGA is the professional association working with all officeholders first in line of succession to governor in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Continue reading
Speaking to a crowd of union members and supporters packing the rotunda of the Minnesota State Capitol, DFL Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed, “We don’t need to be Wisconsin because their extreme measures won’t become law here because I’m here.”
Follow me below the fold for my trip to the Rally in the Capital rotunda to show Minnesota labor’s solidarity with the workers of Wisconsin… (with photos)
Senior Caucus Director Dick Bernard was there and wrote his impressions at
Because of what some said was half-hearted preparation by the Pawlenty administration, Minnesota missed out on a chance for millions of dollars of federal grants. Governor Dayton is giving it another try as reported by Minnesota Public Radio on January 7.
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Gov. Mark Dayton plans to lobby the U.S. education secretary about getting Minnesota into a competitive federal grant program the state previously missed out on. Continue reading
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In a series of press releases Governor-elect Mark Dayton has been naming appointments to several important departments and members of his staff. Continue reading