May 12, 2016

Gas Tax, Omnibus, Education, Ag, Environment, Jobs, HHS, and Public Safety

No to the Gas Tax: We received word yesterday that Governor Dayton was going to take the weekend to work with his advisors, and present Senate and House leadership with a “compromise” on the transportation bill.  Today, my fellow GOP colleagues and I held a press conference to reiterate our opposition to any transportation proposal that includes a gas tax. …

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April 6, 2016

MNSure, MSHSL Audit, FFA Day, Vietnam Vets Day, and WWII Vet Recognition

MNSure Feedback Website: Last week, GOP members of the State Government Finance Committee in the MN House launched a website to gather feedback from people regarding their experience with the MNSure exchange. For months there has been a steady stream of people from our community calling my office asking for help with MNSure. Their problems range from constituents being enrolled …

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March 24, 2016

Vets Affairs, and WWII Vets Reunited

Veterans Affairs Committee: We’ve heard a couple of specific bills in the Veterans Affairs Committee that sort of go beyond the normal scope of what people usually consider “veterans issues,” which is always exciting to see. The first bill I’d like to mention is HF3167, which would encourage schools who teach character development as part of their curriculum to include …

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March 11, 2016

Steelworker Benefits, Real ID, Vets Affairs, Stillwater Elementary School Closings, & State Wrestling Tourney

Steelworker Benefits Extension Debate: The debate over bringing the steelworker unemployment benefits extension to the House floor for a vote was heated, and democrats voted unanimously to delay this vote. This is disappointing, considering Governor Dayton recently cut off a mining project by Twin Metals Minnesota before any preliminary research could be done. This mine would have provided the Iron …

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February 22, 2016

How the Legislature Works, and Solar Energy Projects for FLAKE Schools

Helpful Resources to Follow the Legislative Process: As we near session, I thought I would pass along a few tools that can be used to follow the legislative process more easily. Recently, the nonpartisan House Public Information Services put out a video, entitled “The Legislature: Its People and the Process.” This six-minute clip provides some condensed information about how Minnesota’s legislature …

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February 1, 2016

Stillwater Schools, Cub Scouts, and State Wrestling Tournament

Stillwater Elementary Schools: I have heard from many families in our community about their concern with the proposed closing of Marine, Withrow, and Oak Park elementary schools. I have made your concerns known to the school board and the superintendent, and requested that they make themselves available to public input, which they have adopted new measures to avoid. Other legislators …

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January 11, 2016

STARBASE Visit with Congressman Tom Emmer & REAL ID

Last Monday, January 4th, Congressman Tom Emmer and I visited the STARBASE learning center. STARBASE is a program that encourages STEM learning by giving students and teachers the opportunity to apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in a hands-on environment. The STARBASE facility is located in the Air National Guard building at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport. The U.S. Department of …

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February 20, 2015

Legislative Auditor Report on MNsure

House Resolution to Scandia Elementary School: Last Friday, I went to Scandia Elementary School to present them with a House Resolution, congratulating them on being named an International Baccalaureate World School. This three year process to be certified puts them in an elite category, being one of only 23 schools in all of Minnesota to be an IB World School. …

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February 13, 2015

Pay Raises for Commissioners

The legislature was recently informed that Governor Dayton approved significant pay raises for his political appointees and commissioners, many of whom are already making six-figure salaries. These raises of between 19 and 58 percent will cost taxpayers at least $1.6 million over the next two years and don’t reflect the priorities or the realities of average Minnesotans. These salary increases …

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