Capital Commentary

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Last week saw a flurry of activity in the Senate in spite of the dispiriting cold weather. Through SF749 we ensured that cities which use resources borrowed from surrounding communities pay for it rather than forcing it on Minnesotans. And last week, with tri-partisan support, we passed SF2 which...
We’ve had another busy week at the Legislature and I believe we can expect an announcement that will ease some restrictions on restaurants, businesses, weddings and other venues. One other thing I wanted to draw attention to from this week is the legislation that was offered by Senator Osmek: SF04...
We are a few weeks into the 2021 session and already are hitting hard against the Governor’s and House Democrats’ agenda to increase taxes and adopt California Emissions Standards. The Senate has also forged ahead to provide Voter ID for Minnesotans – if we must have government-issued ID to get the...
This week the budget forecast was delivered and discussed. The state surplus has grown to $1.5 million. Given that our state government was fully funded for two years in the last session, and we still have money left over, now is the time to prioritize the taxpayers. It’s time for Minnesotans to ‘...
Friends and Neighbors,   With legislative deadlines now behind us, we have begun to pass our omnibus bills in earnest to allow appropriate time for negotiations with the House and Governor. Worthy to note this week are provisions in several omnibus bills passed by Senate Republicans. Specifically,...
On June 12th, an American-born Islamic terrorist committed the worst terror attack in the United States since 9/11, gunning down 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando.  In the wake of this tragedy, focus has been on gun control.  This is incredibly disturbing.  As a leader in our community, it’s my...

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