Walz puts unions over vets

In commentary, news by Bruce Kaskubar0 Comments

About ten days ago, Tim Walz voted against H.R. 1259, the “VA Accountability First Act of 2017.” Overall, it passed. H.R. 1259’s purpose is to, “provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.” This goes back to the travesties we heard about in recent years, of fake wait lists and other abuses of our veterans in the “care” of the VA. It is more difficult to rid the VA system of poorly performing staff members in part because of union rules. Apparently, as much as Walz says he holds veterans dear, he holds unions dearer. About a week ago, we asked him for an explanation of his “no” vote but have received no …

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 …