Aspirational Versus Situational Legislation

Minnesota Report As we are observing the House Floor sessions and the ensuing debate it is clear the DFL House Majority is setting an agenda, which is closely aligned with Governor Tim Walz (DFL-MN) and is a vision for where they would like to the state to go....

Hortman Attempts to Set the Table for Budget Negotiations

Minnesota Report Yesterday, House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-37B, Brooklyn Park sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-09, Nisswa calling for public meetings to help in clearly defining the starting points for budget negotiations. The use of the...

Big Differences in DFL and Republican Budget Perspectives

Minnesota Report In the 2000s, first during the Governor Jesse Ventura (IP-MN) when Rep Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) was House Majority Leader, Republicans began looking at government in a unique way. This was the 2003-04 Buget. They only acknowledged inflation on the revenue...

Higher Education Policy Needs to Go Back to the Eighties

Minnesota Report In the 1980s, the cost of tuition was based on the state of Minnesota providing one-third of the cost of instruction. Now, it was often a challenge especially in bad economic times, but at least with this, as a rule, people knew what they could expect...

There is An Alternative to the Health Care Provider Tax; A Sugar Tax

Minnesota Report As we listen to the debate of whether the state should continue the Health Care Providers Tax, we keep hearing the argument because there is nothing else. This is not true. We have discussed the idea of a tax on sugar on high fructose-based products....

Pace Quickening in the State House

Minnesota Report Starting Monday, the House Ways and Means Committee will be acting on many of the Omnibus bills. The agenda for the forthcoming meetings shows intended action starting with HF2400 the Omnibus E-12 Finance bill and ending with HF2125 Tax Conformity. ...