Mankato District still waiting to see if Gov. Dayton signs bills that would impact education funding

By |2018-05-23T09:34:06-05:00May 23rd, 2018|

With the legislative session coming to an end at midnight on Sunday, local school officials are still trying to sort out the fine details when it comes to funding. The Legislature passed two bills that would help schools pay for bulletproof glass, monitoring systems, secure entrances as well as mental health counseling. Lawmakers included 28-million dollars in a mammoth spending package and another 25-million dollars in the public works bill. Additional money for schools was included in several different bills, pulling from several different funding sources to help avert teacher layoffs and program cuts. Much of the 225-million dollar total came [...]

Minnesota lawmakers’ to-do list is long but time is short

By |2018-05-19T12:08:17-05:00May 19th, 2018|

Minnesota lawmakers are in the homestretch, facing a lengthy to-do list and less than two days to finish their work. Republican leaders who control the House and Senate say they may move fast to pass a $28 million bill for school security upgrades as negations continue with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton on a host of priorities. They include efforts to curb opioid abuse, changes to senior care facilities amid reports of rampant abuse, government spending and conformity to federal tax changes. Dayton has pushed lawmakers to send separate bills on those issues after Republicans included them as part of a broader [...]

Johnson’s bill to certify EMT’s to assist with medications expands to cover over 400 different diseases

By |2018-05-14T12:05:56-05:00May 14th, 2018|

A local lawmaker says he's pleased with movement on a bill he authored to allow EMTs to become certified to assist with medications. While the bill focuses on administering medications to people with adrenal insufficiency, a decision was made following testimony this session for the bill to include all rare diseases. House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says it's a major step forward. "It will save lives and it will just really add a lot of security and confidence for families that are dealing with this. It's not only children, I know an elder that's got it as well. So, when [...]

Working on both sides of the aisle, colleagues honor Johnson during his last year in the House

By |2018-05-09T15:56:49-05:00May 9th, 2018|

Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) gaveled in Tuesday's House Floor Session, in what is his last year serving District 19A. "What was kind of special to be real honest with you, I walked back through the Republican side of the aisle and so many of my Republican colleagues came forward to thank me and express their appreciation. When I came to St. Paul I was determined to be able to work with the Republicans and I think I've accomplished it." Four out of his six years in office, Johnson has had the last seat in the aisle and sat [...]

Tax conformity a key issue for Johnson when session resumes on Monday

By |2018-04-04T15:57:32-05:00April 4th, 2018|

Minnesota Lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday following their week long break with many items still on the agenda. One of the more important issues will be addressing tax conformity, according to the House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato). "Because of the Federal tax changes, if we do nothing a lot of Minnesotans will see a tax increase. Some people say, well we should just fully conform with the Federal tax bill, if we do that even more Minnesotans will see a State tax increase. So if we're going to avoid either of those scenarios, we've gotta look at those [...]

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