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 [...]

Draheim pushed for distracted driving legislation, says it was vetoed to play politics in election year

By |2018-05-30T15:24:51-05:00May 30th, 2018|

As the back-and-forth continues on the disappointment of the legislative session, a local lawmaker says Republicans did their best to advance distracted driving legislation this year. Senator Rich Draheim (R-Madison Lake) says he continued to push for two of his bills that aimed to make tougher penalties and implement education for distracted driving until the final hours of the session. "The reason it was vetoed is because it was good legislation and there was a whole bunch of good stuff in these bills that were vetoed to play politics this election year. So, unfortunately, all the hard work we did, ya [...]

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