Tag: Legislature

MN Legislative Leaders Agree on How to Spend Budget Surplus

St. Paul, MN — Legislative leaders and Gov. Walz on Monday announced a broad bipartisan budget framework for the end of the legislative session including $4 billion to invest in education, public safety, and health care, and $4 billion for a tax bill to provide financial relief for Minnesotans. The plan includes $1 billion for…
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May 17, 2022 0

MN House & Senate Reach Agreement on UI and Frontline Worker Bonuses

St. Paul, MN — An agreement between leaders in the House and Senate to fully replenish the unemployment insurance trust fund at $2.7 billion and provide bonuses to workers whose job put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 was formally approved by a conference committee late Thursday.  The House and the Senate approved the…
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May 2, 2022 0

Representative Marquarts Comments on State of the State & State of District 4

Dilworth, MN — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz gave his annual State of the State Address on Sunday night. The address was given in the House of Representatives for the first time since 2019. The previous two messages were given virtually from the Governor’s home. District 4B Representative Paul Marquart shared his thoughts on the State…
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April 25, 2022 0

Representative Marquart Previews House Proposal for Potential Property Tax Cuts

St. Paul, MN — With a more a than $9 billion budget surplus, property tax relief is a point of emphasis during this year’s Minnesota legislative session, and a bill passed in the House Property Tax Division aims to do just that. Among the provisions in the bill are significant changes in the renter’s tax…
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April 4, 2022 0

House Passes Department of Human Services Waiver Extension

St. Paul, MN — The Department of Human Services could continue some COVID-19-related program modifications and waivers, under a bill passed Thursday by the House. Many of the provisions were allowed by executive order during the peacetime emergency. On an 87-46 vote, the House passed HF2914/SF2876* to continue programs that offered flexibility for child care centers,…
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March 21, 2022 0

Lets Talk about it (Call In)

Duane Etienne and Timm Ringhofer opened up the phone lines this morning for “Lets Talk about it” to let the listeners voice their opinions and concerns or ideas for the proposed Kerry Park Arena Project that Mayor Droba is going to be speaking with legislature representatives about.

March 8, 2022 0

Minnesota Sports Betting Bill to Have Hearing in Committee

Saint Paul, Minn. —On Monday, March 7, Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-Coon Rapids), Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington), and members of the Minnesota House of Representatives announced new bipartisan sports betting legislation (House File 778). The bill’s first hearing takes place on Tuesday, March 8 at 3pm in the House Commerce Committee. The new bipartisan proposal seeks to…
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March 8, 2022 0

Rep. Marquart Comments on Proposed Direct Payments and Budget Surplus

St. Paul, MN — With last week’s announcement that the State of Minnesota’s Budget Surplus has increased another $1.5 billion, Governor Tim Walz is tripling down on his proposal to send direct payments back to Minnesotans. Prior to the release of the February budget forecast, Governor Walz was proposing direct payments of $175 for a…
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March 7, 2022 0

Minnesota’s February Budget Forecast Released Monday

St. Paul, MN — Today is one of the first key milestones in 2022 Minnesota Legislative session. Roughly a month after the session got underway, the Department of Management and Budget will release their latest budget outlook for the state. The previous one, which came out in November, showed a roughly $7.7 billion budget surplus.…
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February 28, 2022 0

Representative Marquart Comments on New District Maps

Dilworth, MN — The Minnesota Supreme Court released the new legislative and congressional district maps last Tuesday and it will lead to a shake up in who represents who across the state. Locally, the biggest change is change of boundaries in Legislative District 1 and 4. District 4B Representative Paul Marquart says the southern boundary…
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February 21, 2022 0