Monday, March 25, 2013
"With the Legislature on spring recess this week, the release of this information now allows us time to digest these figures and return with our own responses."
Monday, March 25
Given that it is second deadline, we expected to be overwhelmed with committee meetings and bill hearings. Yet the process has been orderly. The most notably difficult day was on Monday, when I presented four bills. I am pleased to say that each progressed. What dominated the discussion around the Capitol this week was the release of the House and Senate budget targets. These targets, presented by DFL caucus leadership, identify proposed investments in each budget area. They are important because they reflect the priorities of each body. With the Legislature on spring recess this week, the release of this information now allows us time to digest these figures and return with our own responses. The attached chart shows the budget targets …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
"Minnesota’s health care costs increase roughly 8.5 percent each year. This increase is well above inflation and is unsustainable."
Tuesday, February 12
Dear neighbors, We had a particularly busy couple of weeks here in Saint Paul. We heard Governor Dayton’s State of the State address, the Public Safety Committee held three days of hearings, and I was busy working on several new pieces of legislation. Government reform Much of the discussion at the Capitol this session has centered on taxes: raising, lowering, and broadening them. While we need to have that conversation, we should not forget about continuing and expanding government reforms. Currently, Minnesota’s health care costs increase roughly 8.5 percent each year. This increase is well above inflation and is unsustainable. Gov. Mark Dayton has introduced competitive bidding for state health care contracts to harness the power of the…
Friday, November 9, 2012
"Now is the time for us to come together to move our great state forward."
Friday, November 9, 2012
To the editor: I am honored and humbled to assume the office of State Representative for House District 48A in January, and would like to express my deep appreciation to the community members who voted for me. I will work each day to justify the trust you have placed in me. My assurances to those who did not support me at the polls-I will work hard to represent you well, and my door will always be open. Now is the time for us to come together to move our great state forward. The conversations I had with many of you during the campaign made it clear that you want your elected officials to work together on the important issues of jobs and the economy, education, and those issues that affect our Minnesota quality of life. It is also …