Everyone who matters seems to be saying they want to make education reforms required by the Obama administration so Minnesota can get additional federal funding, but it remains very much a question if that can be achieved. Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, wants GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty to discard his long-standing policy to not appear in front of a legislative committee.
Restoring long-term fiscal stability to our state budget will require deep cuts, true reforms on spending and revenue, greater investments in small business development along with research and development incentives and honest solutions that will save money and improve government.
Residents from near Excel Dairy drove to St. Paul on Thursday to tell their plight. And senators were shocked to hear that unhealthy levels of manure fumes have surrounded their homes hundreds of times since the spring of 2007 despite two state agencies’ attempts to correct the situation.
Sen. Rod Skoe sat at his desk in the Senate chamber Sunday evening, watching a Minnesota House debate on his laptop computer.
Skoe serves on a House-Senate tax conference committee that often is hard at work in a legislative session’s final days, but that committee has done little since Gov. Tim Pawlenty issued a budget-balancing ultimatum Thursday.
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