Rosen: ‘Extremely gratifying’ to see Minnesota pension reform bill signed on Thursday

By |2018-05-31T14:51:12-05:00May 31st, 2018|

Governor Mark Dayton has signed a bill that overhauls Minnesota's public pension system. Chief Author of the bill State Senator Julie Rosen (R-Vernon Center) says it's the most important pension reform bill in the state's history. "We were receiving some very large warnings from the bond houses. Moody's and S&P here recently that we need to get our pension liability under control, so we did. We took a major reform. Everyone stepped up to the plate, all the funds, all the pensioners, the active and the retirees." Rosen is the chair of the Commission on Pensions and Retirement and adds the overhaul [...]

Gunther says water quality issues a priority in Bonding Bill, Legislature continues to mull over projects

By |2018-04-16T15:00:42-05:00April 16th, 2018|

Minnesota Lawmakers are eyeing a large bonding bill this session and considering Governor Mark Dayton’s proposal of 1.5-billion dollars for state public works projects. House Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) sits on the Capital Investment committee and says the main priorities in this year’s bill will be to fix water quality issues, address road projects and improve infrastructure at colleges and prisons.  "We don't know that total amount of bonding we're gonna have, I know the Governor is requesting 1.5-billion dollars, and that's after the biggest bonding bill ever last year. Which wasn't normally a bonding year, but we didn't have one [...]

Rep. Gunther says lack of tax conformity in Minnesota will lead to a complete mess

By |2018-02-21T13:21:35-06:00February 21st, 2018|

A local lawmaker says it's imperative that the legislature conforms to the new federal tax codes set to impact Minnesotan's in 2019. District 23A House Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) says the issue will be hotly contested as they look to prevent widespread tax increases. "If we do nothing, no tax conformity or tax changes, the process of filing in Minnesota along with compliance auditing will be a complete mess."  The Department of Revenue estimates that the state will see a nearly 850-million dollar increase in tax collections in 2018 if it conforms to the tax code, that's without making further changes [...]

Frentz pushing to pass bill that focuses on presumption of PTSD for first responders

By |2018-01-25T15:24:50-06:00January 25th, 2018|

The legislative session is still over three weeks away, but a local lawmaker is getting a head start on a bill that would provide the presumption of an on the job injury for first responders who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). State Senator Nick Frentz (D-North Mankato) says the measure would change current Minnesota law that says there is no presumption that a first time diagnosis of PTSD for police, fire or first responders comes from work. "We've seen countless examples through the years, not only in my 30 years of practicing law, but State Patrolmen who were at [...]

Housley says more than $150K raised for Senate race

By |2018-01-08T13:33:31-06:00January 8th, 2018|

Republican Karin Housley says she's raised more than $150,000 in just a couple of weeks since announcing her run for the U.S. Senate. It's a strong start for a campaign that's expected to cost $10 million or more as the GOP fights hard to take a seat that opened unexpectedly after Sen. Al Franken resigned over allegations from several women of sexual misconduct. Housley, a state senator from Stillwater, is the only major Republican to declare so far for the November election to fill the last two years of Al Franken's seat. Democrat Tina Smith, who was appointed by Gov. Mark [...]

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