Carla Nelson update

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March 24, 2017 In addition to the official beginning of spring, this week also ushered in significant progress on our work to prepare the state’s operating budget, with Senate budget targets released last Friday, Targets are broad spending and revenue levels set for each committee — the amount of money each committee is allowed to spend on programs and policies under its jurisdiction. They are based, in part, on forecasted state revenue and previous budgets. Following the release of the targets, committees began work on the vetting of their respective budget proposals, which includes lengthy committee hearings and much public input. I want to hear from you! As your state senator, it is my job to represent your interests, and your input will help guide budget decisions at …

Carla Nelson update

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March 17, 2017 It has been another busy, but fruitful, week at the Capitol. Just as quick as our first committee deadline passed, so did our second; this is the deadline by which most bills must have been acted on in the opposite body. The third, and final, committee deadline, — the date by which finance bills must be acted upon by a committee – is March 31. Business at the Capitol will only continue to gain steam as we pass the halfway point of session. Committee work will give way to longer floor sessions and budget proposals will turn to budget negotiations with the House of Representatives and Governor Dayton. As chairwoman of the Senate E-12 Finance Committee, I continue working with my colleagues on our education …

Dave Senjem update

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E-Newsletter Update March 17, 2017 Dear Friends, This week, the House and Senate have been working hard hearing bills as we reached the second committee deadline; this is the second of three legislative deadlines set for bills to move forward.  Now, committees will begin putting together their larger budget bills. Friday, March 31 is the third and final committee deadline. Here is a brief look at legislative activities this week. GIVING ALL STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL Folks who live in the Rochester area are fortunate – we have very good schools for all grade levels. Unfortunately, too many students in Minnesota are falling through the cracks. We have the worst achievement gap in the nation, and it seems like no amount of spending has had led …

Nels Pierson update

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Dear Neighbors, Health Care Bill On Monday, we passed an important bill to bring some stability to our health insurance system in Minnesota. Our legislation, HF5, is projected to reduce insurance premiums by 17-18%. We need lower costs and more stability on the individual market, and this should be a step towards those goals. Helping Working Families This week, my bill to assist working families was heard in committee. The legislation would increase the amount Minnesotans could receive under the Minnesota Family Investment Program and removes the marriage penalty. The allotment for families hasn’t been raised since 1986, and could use a boost. This bill has the support of many religious groups, and I think it’s important legislation in caring for our neighbors in need. Adoptive Foster Bill …